Dubai continues to inject capital into its economic and social infrastructure, producing an emirate that can now boast:
- World-leading aviation infrastructure
- Highly developed surface transport infrastructure
- State-of-the-art telecommunications and virtual ‘smart’ infrastructure
- A sophisticated financial and service sector
- Industry-leading exhibition and conference venues
- High-quality office and residential accommodation
- Reliable power and water utilities
- First-class hotels, hospitals, schools, shops, parks and recreation facilities
And the investment pace is to continue with the Dubai Plan 2021 – a blueprint for the emirate’s future - designed to deliver ‘A Smart & Sustainable City.’ The plan focuses on building fully-connected and integrated infrastructure which ensures optimum mobility and easy access to all economic centres and social services, in line with the world’s best cities. (www.dubaiplan2021.ae)
Sky High Ambition
As a global aviation and logistics hub, Dubai continues to develop world-class infrastructure to support growing international, demand and the city’s hyper-connectedness to over 240 destinations across six continents.
In 2016, Dubai International Airport solidified its position as the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic. The airport saw passenger traffic increase by 7% to 83.6 million in 2016, while cargo volumes amounted to 2.59 million tonnes, up 3.4% compared to 2015.
Records made for breaking
Aircraft movements reached 418,220 during the same period and the $1.2 billion Concourse D was opened, boosting the airport’s annual capacity to 90 million passengers. The airport is on course to welcome 118 million passengers by 2023, and Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai South
will become the world’s largest airport with an ultimate capacity of 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo per annum once completed.
The 140 square-kilometer Dubai South multiphase project is one of the UAE’s largest under-construction developments. It will include clustered zones including. Dubai Logistics City (DLC), Commercial City, Residential City, Aviation City and the Golf City. The entire Dubai South development, expected to cost $32 billion, will drive sustainable growth within the emirate’s aviation, tourism and logistics sectors.