Dubai Airports completes first restructuring initiative

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

The first phase of a restructuring initiative aimed at supporting the expansion of facilities has been completed by Dubai Airports, owners and operators of Dubai International and Dubai World CentralAl Maktoum International.

Entrusted with the Dubai government’s vision of becoming the world’s leading aviation hub, Dubai Airports is forging ahead with the multi billion dollar expansion of these two airports.

To meet this challenge, Dubai Airports embarked on a restructuring initiative in 2007, which was endorsed by a decree from HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, creating a commercial entity, fully accountable for its own actions and separate from the former government body of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). 

HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports said “The restructuring is a strategic step in achieving our goals. “I understand very well that times of change are unsettling, but I am confident that all Dubai Airports staff are loyal to the organisation and committed to making a success of the changes necessary to accomplish the vision, not only for the development of the company, but to fulfill the essential part that Dubai Airports plays in the strategic development of Dubai.”

As the company builds an aviation hub to serve the global community, the second part of the restructuring is to ensure that the organisation develops the required management talent to deliver the highest international standards of customer service.

Attracting and retaining the best staff is a key issue being addressed by a team of professionals with experience in some of the world’s most significant airport developments such as Beijing, New York/JFK and Toronto.

Within a workforce of some 3,800 people, Dubai Airports aims to increase employment opportunities for UAE nationals as the company expands. 

Currently, 43 per cent of Dubai Airports staff is UAE nationals and that number is set to increase to meet the future needs of both airports.

Dubai Airports is about to launch a development programme specifically for UAE nationals to ensure they develop their skills and knowledge further to help them fulfill their career aspirations and become a strong force among the company’s leaders of the future.

Connected to over 210 destinations across six continents through 123 airlines, Dubai International has grown at a rate of over 15 per cent annually since 2002. With throughput reaching 34.4 million passengers, up 19.3 per cent over 2006, Dubai International was the world’s fastest growing airport in 2007 in terms of international passengers. An estimated 40 million passengers are expected to use Dubai International in 2008.