Biggest airport job in the world cleared for take-off

Masterplan for Dubai World Central development is released, which is set to be larger than Hong Kong

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By  Tim Wood Published  May 6, 2006

Contractors will have just three years to complete the first phase of the world’s largest airport — the 140km2 Dubai World Central. The project’s masterplan was unveiled last week. Although no figure has been given for the total cost of the Jebel Ali project — almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island —the amount to be spent on infrastructure alone is US $33 billion (AED120 billion). At the heart of the development will be Dubai World Central International Airport, which is ten times the size of the current Dubai International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village combined. Featuring six parallel 4.5km runways, and a 92m-high control tower, the highest in the Middle East, construction work will begin in October. Other components of Dubai World Central include: Residential City, developed in three phases and covering 7.16 million m2, it includes three hotels, two-storey villas and luxury apartments blocks up to 24 storeys in height, a shopping mall and schools. Work is due to start at the end of the year. Commercial City, to be built in five phases and covering 14.53 million m2, will feature towers, luxury villas, and up to 25 hotels. Phase one will be finished by the end of 2009. Work on Dubai Logistics City is already underway. Spanning 25km2, it is designed to handle 12 million tonnes of air cargo annually in up to 16 air cargo terminals. The facility is expected to become operational at the end of 2007. Two 18-hole golf courses, which are being offered to a private developer are also being built. Work on 2,500 freehold homes, ranging from two-storey villas to 24-storey apartment blocks, that surround the courses will begin at the end of 2008 and take two years. Phase one of Enterprise Park, a centre of excellence for technology manufacturing and science and technology education, will be completed by the end of 2008. And the whole project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

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