VP tours A380 Concourse 3 at Dubai Airport

By WAM  gulftoday.ae

DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Wednesday inspected, the new Emirates’ Airbus A380 Concourse 3, the world’s first dedicated facility at Dubai International Airport that is home to Airliner’s growing fleet of super jumbos. It features dedicated first and business class lounges.

Accompanying the Vice President during the tour were, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group.

They toured various sections of Concourse 3, which is scheduled to receive its first flight in January 2013.

Sheikh Mohammed began his tour with the new Free Market which includes several Malls for retail business spread over a total area of more than 1200 square metres.

During his one-hour visit, Sheikh Mohammed toured the Airbus 380-designated gates designated for lining up aircrafts, equipped with load bridges for passengers to move between the aircraft and the Terminal, and six other gates dedicated to serving aircraft parked away from the terminal. He also toured the luxury first-class and businessmen’s lounges, which have been equipped to the latest global standards.

Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Dr Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Reem Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State, Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, Lt. General Musabbeh Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Office of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, the Director General of Dubai Protocol and Guests,and Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah also accompanied the Vice President.

Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Engineer Khalifa Al Zafeen, the CEO of Dubai Aviation City on this huge project and its components. Concourse 3 is 650 metres in length and 90 m in width and covers a total area of 530,000 meters with 11 stories, four of them underground. There are automated passenger transport points for arrivals and departures. More info

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