JXB's new runway completed in record time.
In November 2007, Al Naboodah's AED one billion runway at the future Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) was completed well inside the 600-day time restriction. The completion of the 4.5 km runway represents an aviation industry record for the fastest A-380 enabled CAT III runway construction.
The JXB runway is located on a site that was earmarked by the late ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, nearly 30 years ago. In early December, the runway is scheduled to begin a six- to eight-month testing period to fulfil its CAT III-C requirements, which will allow it to receive any new-generation aircraft.
"When JXB is fully operational by 2015, we will be geared for any transportation challenge of this century," said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central.
The first terminal, which will cost approximately AED 100 million and is scheduled to service more than seven million passengers, is being built by a UAE-German joint venture between Arabtec and Max Bogl JV. The passenger terminal is approximately 40% complete and will have its finishes and MEP tenders awarded before the end of 2007.
The massive JXB complex has been designed to incorporate six terminals and will handle in excess of 120 million passengers annually. A full team of international architects, engineers and technical consultants have been commissioned to complete the design stage and begin work on the rest of the complex.
"The completion of the first runway... signals the advent of a new era in Dubai's aviation and transportation history," said Sheikh Ahmed.