Emirates Unveils $950 Million Investment in World’s Largest Aviation Engineering Facility at Dubai World Central (DWC)
Dubai, UAE, November 14, 2023 – Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has revealed a substantial $950 million investment for constructing an advanced aviation engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC). Spanning an expansive 1 million square meters, this engineering complex is poised to be the most extensive and cutting-edge of its kind, bolstering Dubai’s global standing in aviation infrastructure.
Tailored to cater to Emirates’ aircraft fleet and operational needs well into the 2040s, the facility will also serve as a hub for top-notch commercial aviation engineering services in the Middle East, with potential capacity for collaboration with other airline operators.
During the Dubai Airshow, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group, emphasized, “This significant investment signals our confidence in the future growth of Emirates and the aviation sector.” He added that the facility will make Emirates entirely self-sufficient in maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO), and all engineering requirements, providing operational stability and flexibility.
Emirates’ new engineering facility is designed to offer a comprehensive range of specialist aircraft engineering services, from routine checks to bespoke paint jobs, light to heavy maintenance programs, engine repair and testing, to full cabin interior fit-outs and aircraft conversions.
Ali Mubarak Al Soori, Emirates Group Executive Vice President, highlighted the sustainability features of the project, including the use of green building materials, solar panels, and recycling systems for oils and wastewater. Construction for Phase 1 is set to commence in 2024, with completion expected in 2027. Provisions for future expansion, aligned with Emirates’ fleet growth, are also in place for Phase 2.
The initial phase of the project will introduce 8 maintenance hangars, a paint hangar capable of handling Code F aircraft (including A380), an engine run-up facility, 20 support workshops, extensive storage facilities, and administration offices.
While the existing Emirates Engineering Centre at Dubai International (DXB) continues its support for day-to-day operations, the new complex at DWC will manage overflow work and heavy maintenance programs, offering extended aircraft ground time.
ADP Ingénierie has been selected as a project consultants for this ambitious venture.
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