Largest VIP terminal in the world opens at Dubai South
In another remarkable first for Dubai South and the country, the VIP Terminal at Dubai South, the largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the world, was inaugurated yesterday.
The terminal is poised to be a game-changer in the business aviation sector, offering VIP customers a seamless travel experience, coupled with time and cost efficiencies within a thriving aviation ecosystem.
The terminal was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the UAE President, and His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan.
"The launch of the VIP Terminal at Dubai South’s Aviation District is yet another significant step towards realising Dubai’s vision of becoming the aviation capital of the world," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said on the occasion.
"With the opening of the world’s largest facility for private aviation, Dubai South has raised the bar on luxury travel, redefining passenger experience. A significant milestone for Dubai South and for the aviation industry as a whole, the opening of the VIP Terminal will cement our position in the world of private aviation, bringing us a step closer to becoming the region’s premier aerospace hub. The world-class facility is complimented by first-class services and experiences, all adding to an exemplary travel experience," His Highness Sheikh Ahmed added.
The 5,600 m2 VIP Terminal, minutes away from Al Maktoum International, the largest airport in the making, is Dubai’s new and prestigious gateway for VIP travellers, offering hitherto unseen superlative services and connectivity.
Inspired by the aerodynamic fluid lines of an aircraft wing, the VIP Terminal facade mirrors the aviation heritage of Dubai South. The seamless lines of the structure and the logo are replicated in the interiors that are classically designed with luxurious material including solid oak panelling.
The VIP Terminal currently hosts three FBOs, including Falcon Aviation, Jetex and Jet Aviation, and saw its first private jet take off in April this year. Since then, the terminal has witnessed 1,000 flight movements to-date with the number anticipated to grow to 4,000 movements in 2017.
As the world’s first master-planned airport city, Dubai South is concentrating on building a state-of-the-art infrastructure around the Al Maktoum International, creating a thriving aviation ecosystem.
The aviation district provides a specialised business environment that meets all the needs of the aviation industry. Spanning an area of seven square kilometres, the district is also the new permanent home of the Dubai Airshow and caters to all practical aspects of private and commercial aviation.
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