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UAE National Day at Dubai Airports The 45th UAE National Day was celebrated in style at Dubai International’s Terminal 3, as government dignitaries, aviation executives and airport employees gathered to mark the momentous occasion. Dubai Airports pulled out all the stops, decorating its 80-metre tall air traffic control tower in the UAE national colours, setting a Guinness World Record for creating the biggest model of a building out of date seeds and performances by traditional dancers. “Today we celebrate 45 years of achievement,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai Airports Chairman, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

Hussain Al Jassmi sang to a VIP audience

President, Emirates Group Chairman and CEO. “Aviation continues to be a fundamental pillar of the UAE’s economy and our sector is committed to continuing to serve our customers and contribute to the prosperity and ongoing development of this great nation.” The event was attended by Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports CEO; HE Jamal Al Hai, Member Federal National Council (FNC) and Dubai Airports Deputy CEO and special guest the artist Hussain Al Jassmi whose performance of I Love You My Country brought the audience to its feet.

Dubai Airports becomes official supporter of Dubai Expo 2020 Dubai Airports is now an official supporter of Dubai Expo 2020 after signing an agreement with the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 last month. The Memorandum of Understanding will ensure a world-class experience for the millions of guests that will visit Dubai during the event, by creating an ‘expo experience’ inside the airport, which will set the tone for visitors and entice transfer passengers to return or stopover. “Our Expo will welcome the highest proportion of international visitors in World Expo history, and Dubai Airports will be a vital supporter in welcoming those visitors and giving them their first taste of this extraordinary host city,” said HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 Director General. In line with its DXB Plus programme, the airports will also work to ensure minimal queuing and fast and convenient passage through both airports. Dubai Airports recently launched two major projects what will provide the capacity needed to Expo 2020 and beyond. The first, DXB Plus, will boost capacity to 118 million passengers by 2023, while the second will see Dubai World Central’s passenger terminal building expanded from the current five million passengers a year to 26 million by the end of 2017. Capacity gains and service enhancements

will be achieved though streamline processes and new technology. Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said, “We are always looking at ways to enhance the experience for the millions of customers that pass through our airports each year.” As part of the DWC expansion, the check-in area, baggage and immigration halls, as well as security screening area will be substantially expanded, while the parking and drop-off areas will also be improved.

Once complete the passenger terminal will provide a total of 24 boarding gates, 7 baggage reclaim carousels and 104 checkin desks. “With the programmes we have underway, and our partnership with the Expo 2020, we are well on track to support what we know will be a fantastic event that showcases the innovation, collaboration and customer service that has become the hallmark of Dubai and the UAE,” added Griffiths. The agreement will see Dubai Airports create an ‘expo experience’

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Dubai Voyager | January 2017