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Dubai World Central to host 2013 Airshow

$272 million earmarked for relocation and aviation district phase one.
An artists impression of Dubai World Central's new infrastructure.
An artists impression of Dubai World Central's new infrastructure.

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H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, has announced today the commitment of US$272 million for Dubai World Central, a purpose-built aerotropolis.

The investment will cover the relocation of the Dubai Airshow 2013 to Dubai World Central and the start of the first phase of development of its aviation district.

“Dubai World Central is an integral component of the strategic vision of Dubai Government to establish the emirate as an international aviation hub and a gateway to global markets,” said H.H. Sheikh Ahmed.

“The aviation district has been holistically conceived to capitalise on the dynamic aviation industry of the UAE and the region. The move of Dubai Airshow 2013 to Dubai World Central is an example of Dubai’s long-term plan to meet the growing demands of the industry.”

The latest announcement is part of DWC’s multi-phased plan to develop a dedicated aviation cluster.

Covering over 6.8 square kilometers, the aviation district provides both landside and airside facilities and leverages the current and future capacity of Al Maktoum International Airport. Once complete, it will be home to many aviation companies, including FBOs, MROs and light manufacturing.

The new venue of Dubai Airshow 2013 will encompass a larger area than the current facility and will consist of a grand reception building, two large exhibition halls, and static display areas, which will offer more space to accommodate additional aircraft.

The show’s Royal Pavilion for VIP visitors will be positioned to overview the display line and static display. An exclusive area that commands an excellent view of the showcase has also been earmarked for the press facility along with the control tower.

There will also be a special dedicated area for casual visitors to witness the Airshow’s flying displays and to accommodate leisure and entertainment activities for families.

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