Mohammed tours Concourse 3 of Dubai International Airport

Sheikh Hamdan, Sheikh Maktoum and Sheikh Ahmed also accompanied him

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

Accompanying Sheikh Mohammed on 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.

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 for lining up aircraft, equipped with load bridges for passengers to move between aircraft and 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, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Guests, and Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah also accompanied the Vice President.

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

Concourse 3 has five-star and four-star hotels, a mall with 40 counters to follow flights and airlines. It also has an internal metro that carries passengers to and from Terminal 3, which is dedicated for Emirates airline, and Terminal 2 with a capacity of 19 million passengers annually. Overall, Concourse 2 and 3 will have a capacity of 43 million passengers annually.

Visitors and residents of many nationalities coming to the UAE through Terminal 3 welcomed Sheikh Mohammed as he toured the arrivals hall and inspected work on the counters. Sheikh Mohammed also rode on the metro to Burj Khalifa, passing through several stations where some of Dubai's attractions were displayed.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pride about the Dubai Metro which he described as ''the project of the century.''  His last stop was the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, from whose metro station he and his entourage walked to the adjacent mall through the 820-metre walkway, built by Emaar Property at a total cost of Dh120 million.

Sheikh Mohammed then had coffee at one of the outlets in the mall where he was greeted by a large number of people.

World's most-visited boulevard in Dubai named 'Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard'

The world's most-visited boulevard that serves as the heart of lifestyle and entertainment activities in Downtown Dubai has been named "Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard" by Emaar Properties.
 
The most prestigious square kilometre on earth, Downtown Dubai is an integrated lifestyle community that offers a refreshing "live, work and play" environment. The world-class community has thousands of world-class residences, modern offices, iconic attractions such as Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, and the upcoming Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District - all designed by the world's best architects.
 
The new name, which builds on Downtown Dubai's phenomenal growth and popularity, is Emaar's tribute to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in establishing Dubai as a global city that serves as the hub for tourism, retail and hospitality.
 
With an estimated 60 million visitors, Downtown Dubai is fast overtaking the world's most famous tourism and lifestyle destinations and more than living up to its advertising billing as "The Centre of Now".
 
And as New Year preparations reach their peak, Downtown Dubai expects to be recognised as one of the most visited places on earth for a single event, easily surpassing the 1 million visitors hosted last year.

The 3.5-kilometre high street, previously called Emaar Boulevard, which connects the destination's numerous shopping, hospitality, entertainment and dining attractions, welcomed more visitors last year than New York (51 million) and even Los Angeles (27 million).

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: "By renaming Emaar Boulevard as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard we are paying tribute to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who is the driving force of the city's transformation into the world's newest hub for hospitality, tourism, retail and trade".

With a development value of $20bn, the 500-acre Downtown Dubai was launched in 2004, and is today a full-fledged and thriving community marked by the opening of The Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination, in 2008, and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, in 2010. Downtown Dubai also features The Dubai Fountain, the world's tallest performing fountain.
 
Other unprecedented attractions include At The Top, Burj Khalifa, the world's highest observatory deck with an outdoor terrace; Atmosphere, the world's highest restaurant; and a total of six world-class hotels including the Armani Hotel Dubai.
 
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is already home to several acclaimed works of art, such as Xavier Corbero's Gathering, and Horse 2007 by the Colombian figurative artist Fernando Botero. Downtown Dubai also hosts one of the city's most popular galleries, The Pavilion, in addition to 1,000 artworks on display within Burj Khalifa.
 
Mohamed Alabbar added: "The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai offers an unprecedented choice of lifestyle activities for resident and visitors to Dubai. With its art installations, entertainment activities, parades, food concepts, film screenings, music concerts and access to iconic attractions in the city, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is today the world's most vibrant lifestyle destination, on par with and even surpassing other boulevards in the world".
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