Emirates, the world’s leading international airline, is set to invest a substantial $950 million in constructing a state-of-the-art engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).
Spanning an impressive 1 million square meters, this facility aims to be the largest and most advanced of its kind, enhancing Dubai’s global standing in aviation infrastructure.
Designed to support Emirates’ aircraft fleet until the 2040s, it will also serve as a hub for commercial aviation engineering services in the Middle East, with potential capacity for other airlines.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group, expressed confidence in the future growth of Emirates Airlines and Group, saying, “This significant investment signals our confidence in the future growth of Emirates and the aviation sector. The new facility will enable Emirates to be entirely self-sufficient when it comes to maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO), and all engineering requirements for our aircraft fleet. It gives us operational stability and flexibility, and quality assurance. With the projected growth of the region’s aviation sector, Emirates’ new engineering facility will also play a key role as a centre of excellence, attracting the involvement of global players across the aviation supply chain. It’ll create thousands of skilled technical jobs and add value to Dubai’s economy.”
The engineering facility is intended to handle a wide range of specialized aircraft engineering services, including routine checks, custom paint jobs, light to heavy maintenance programs, engine repairs and testing, and complete cabin interior fit-outs and aircraft conversions.
Ali Mubarak Al Soori, Emirates Group Executive Vice President for Facilities, Projects Management & Group Procurement & Supply Chain, outlined the project timeline, stating, “Construction work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in 2027. Provisions have been made for further expansion, potentially doubling the capacity in Phase 2, in line with Emirates’ fleet growth and operational requirements. The new Emirates Engineering complex will also incorporate sustainability into its design, including: the use of green build materials throughout the complex; the installation of solar panels on roofs across the entire campus; and the set-up of recycling systems for oils and wastewater.”
Phase 1 will yield eight maintenance hangars, a paint hangar for Code F aircraft like the A380, an engine run-up facility, support workshops, storage facilities, and administrative offices. The existing Emirates Engineering Centre at Dubai International (DXB) will continue supporting ongoing operations, while the new complex at DWC will handle overflow work initially.
ADP Ingénierie has been appointed as a project consultant, underscoring the commitment to ensuring the success of this ambitious and groundbreaking venture.
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