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Thu 5 Oct 2006 04:00 AM

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Dubai Cargo Village ramps up capacity

Dubai Cargo Village says it is well on track to handle two million tonnes of cargo in 2010.

Dubai Cargo Village is seeing 15% average annual growth in cargo throughput and is on track to handle two million tonnes in 2010. This Summer, Dubai Cargo Village celebrated its fifteenth birthday with the announcement that it is now in the top 20 cargo handling facilities in the world.

“Since its opening, Dubai Cargo Village has played, and continues to play, an important role in Dubai’s growth as a regional and increasingly international trade and business hub,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and chairman of Emirates Group.

“We will continue the dedicated, concerted efforts to keep enhancing our services at the Dubai Cargo Village; retaining its top spot regionally and taking our international standing higher,” he added.

Since its creation, the Village has been in a state of almost permanent fullness, a fact that has necessitated continuous expansion work.

In the latest round, work is underway on a new Cargo Mega Terminal. Over time, the terminal will expand to hold an estimated 4 million tonnes of freight annually by the year 2018.

Major components of the project include Hall B Express Mail Centre, the Cargo Mega Terminal 1, administrative and agent facilities, a multi-storey car park, elevated roadways and a central utility plant.

The Cargo Mega Terminal 1, expected to be complete by the end of 2007, should add another 1.2 million tonnes to the facility’s annual cargo handling capacity. The terminal will be used by Emirates SkyCargo.

In the first half of 2006, cargo movement at Dubai Cargo Village went up considerably. Throughput reached 690,775 tonnes between January and June 2006, compared with 627,704 tonnes in the first half of 2005.

Ali Al Jallaf, director of Dubai Cargo Village, said: “The phased expansion will allow us to offer the efficient services we are recognised for internationally, even while the volume of cargo will continue to grow every year.

The facility, he claimed, has a turnaround time of 45 minutes for cargo flights, making it one of the most efficient cargo terminals internationally.

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