The five billion dirham Dubai World Central (DWC) Aviation City launched last year, to be located within the soon to be built Al Maktoum International Airport, will incorporate the world’s largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre.
The Aviation City and the airport are part of DWC - the 140 square kilometre urban aviation, multi phased development in Jebel Ali in Dubai.
DWC Aviation City, which is due to commence operations in 2009, aims to attract all aviation related businesses to be based within one strategic location, allowing potential investors ease of access to reach regional and international clients.
“Dubai’s aviation future is being driven by such projects which reflect the emirate’s strategic vision of transforming the region into a global hub for trade and commerce,” said Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai City of Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central, at the launch.
“The MRO centre will be the world’s biggest in land area earmarked for development, and will be able to handle all types of aircraft from light jets to superjumbos such as the A-380.
“The centre will be able to deliver safe airline operations and assure reliability and availability of customers’ fleet. DWC Aviation City will not only feature the MRO centre, but also repair and test as well as aircraft system and components installation facilities.”
DWC Aviation City, spread over 6.7 square kilometres, is being designed as a one-stop centre for all aviation related operations.
“This DWC component will host all aviation manufacturing, MRO, aviation support services, design and consultancy, research and development, aviation training, product and parts, light manufacturing units and high-technology industries,” said Khalifa Al Zaffin, DWC’s executive chairman.
Besides MRO facilities, DWC Aviation City will also feature a heliport zone, an educational and academic zone, an industrial zone and a hub for aircraft component and parts supply.
Construction on Al Maktoum International Airport will start by the end of this year and has been designed to handle in excess of 120 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo annually.