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, President Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman & Chief Executive - Emirates Airlines & Group, Chairman Dubai Airports.
The inauguration of the VIP Terminal at Dubai South marked an important chapter in the aviation history of Dubai.
The world’s largest VIP terminal was officially opened at Al Maktoum International at Dubai South on 19 December, 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman & Chief Executive- Emirates Airlines & Group, Chairman Dubai Airports.
The 5,600-square metre standalone facility is intended to exclusively cater to private, business and heads of state and government VIP travellers.
The largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the world, the terminal is set to create a niche in business aviation sector, offering VIP customers a seamless travel experience, coupled with time and cost efficiencies within a thriving aviation ecosystem.
Speaking on the occasion, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed said: “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.
With the opening of the world’s largest facility for private aviation, Dubai South has raised the bar on luxury travel, redefining the passenger experience.
A significant milestone for Dubai South and for 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 complemented by first-class services and experiences, all adding to an exemplary travel experience.”
It is the largest of its kind in the world, hosting two Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), JetEx and Falcon Aviation, according to Khalifa Al Zaffin, Chairman of Dubai Aviation City.
The VIP Terminal is minutes away from Al Maktoum International, which is shaping up to become the largest airport in the making.
The terminal is housed in a bespoke architectural structure reflecting the pioneering spirit and innovation-led heritage of Dubai’s aviation sector. Set inside an opulent and aesthetically rich interior, the terminal features luxurious duty free retail space.
The VIP Terminal currently hosts three operators including Falcon Aviation, Jetex and Jet Aviation.
As the world’s first master-planned airport city, Dubai South is concentrating on building state-of-the-art infrastructurea round the Al Maktoum International, thus creating a thriving aviation ecosystem.
The Aviation District provides a specialised business environment that meets all the needs of the aviation industry.
The first flight from the VIP terminal took place in April 2016, carrying 13 passengers on an Embraer Legacy aircraft that was headed to the Maldives. Since then, the terminal has witnessed 1,000 flight movements with the number anticipated to grow to 4,000 movements in 2017.
The terminal is part of Al Maktoum International, the planned largest airport in the world, which will involve the construction of five runways and increase in capacity to handle 160 million passengers a year once complete.
The facility is located in the Aviation District, which will become the new permanent home of the Dubai Airshow.