Dubai Airport…Busiest in the World…

Dubai Airport The Emirates Terminal at Dubai International Airport.

In 2014, Dubai International took the crown of “World’s Busiest Airport” from London Heathrow International.

More than 70.4 million international passengers moved through the Dubai’s ornate concourses, terminals, and duty-free shops in 2014, up 6.1% from 2013.

Dubai’s numbers were boosted by rapid expansion and a convenient international location.

Also helping the airport’s numbers was Emirates — the world’s busiest airline by international volume — and its fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbo jets, based in Dubai.

Heathrow moved a record-setting 68.1 million international passengers for the year, but clearly couldn’t keep up with Dubai’s growth.

Officials at Heathrow blamed a stalled plan for a third runway for the title loss, according to a spokesman.

Dubai is set to open another concourse this year — and is forecasting 79 million international visitors. Dubai Airports also said it’s planning to build a $US32-billion new airport in the country within 8 years. It will have capacity for 240 million passengers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And it will need it to match up with Emirate’s growth projections!

Check out pictures of Dubai’s beautiful airport, below.

Dubai airport Duty-free shops in Dubai International Airport.

Dubai Airport A palm-tree lined waiting room in Dubai International Airport.

Dubai Aiport A beautiful concourse at Dubai International Airport.

SOURCE::::: http://www.businessinsider.com.au

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Fireworks Around the World Light Up the Night on New Year Eve …

Australia prides itself on having some of the best fireworks in the world, but Dubai was aiming to break a Guniness world record with its spectacular display.

Dubai had an impressive fireworks display on the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa.

The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai was aiming to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade with its spectacular display centred on the world’s tallest building.

Who has the best fireworks in the world? 

Australia, have you seen what Dubai did?

Going for a world record … Dubai celebrates the New Year with a light and sound extravaganza. Source: AFP

Some 70,000 LED panels around the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa flashed coloured lights and projected images of the country’s leaders when clocks there struck midnight as a massive fireworks display erupted.

Big bang ... people watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year.

Big bang … people watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year. Source: AFP

The celebration draws throngs of thousands of spectators every New Year’s Eve.

Emaar Properties said a team from Guinness World Records monitored the preparations. Last year, Dubai won the title for the world’s largest firework display, according to Guinness.

People watch ... Dubai celebrates the New Year at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest t

Innovative … Dubai celebrates the New Year at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Source: AFP

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Party time … people watch the fireworks display in Dubai. Source: AFP

Celebrations ... Dubai celebrates the New Year.

Celebrations … Dubai celebrates the New Year. Source: AFP

Dubai’s world record attempt comes as countries including the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, Asia and the Ivory Coast among others welcomed the New Year in spectacular style.

New York joined the celebrations with a bang — the combination of the Times Square Ball Drop, an electrifying fireworks display and Taylor Swift’s rendition of “Shake it Off” resulted in a spectacular beginning of 2015.

Fireworks erupt after midnight in Times Square, New York. Thousands braved the cold to wa

Fireworks erupt after midnight in Times Square, New York. Thousands braved the cold to watch the annual ball drop and ring in the new year. Picture: AP. Source: AP

 

Other US cities yet to follow.

People cheer .. in front of Rome's ancient Colosseum as fireworks explode to celebrate th

People cheer in front of Rome’s ancient Colosseum as fireworks explode to celebrate the new year on January 1, 2015.Source: AFP

Lots of colours ... fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan.

Lots of colours … fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan. Source: AFP

Fireworks explode ... over the Archaeological Museum building in Skopje, Macedonia.

Fireworks explode … over the Archaeological Museum building in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: AP

Welcome 2015 ... fireworks above the city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Welcome 2015 … fireworks above the city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Source: AFP

Captivating ... fireworks over the Naples skyline in southern Italy.

Captivating … fireworks over the Naples skyline in southern Italy. Source: AFP

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015.

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Fireworks explode around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye during the New Year

Fireworks explode around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye during the New Year celebrations. Source:AFP

Fireworks explode ... behind Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the new year.

Fireworks explode … behind Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the new year. Source: AFP

New Year's fireworks erupt ... over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees.

New Year’s fireworks erupt … over the Arc de Triomphe on the. Source: AFP

 

Dubai aims for world fireworks record

A new year … in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Source: AP

Fireworks explode over St Basil's Cathedral as people celebrate the New Year at the Red S

Fireworks explode over St Basil’s Cathedral as people celebrate the New Year at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.Source: AP

The projection of Spassky (Saviour) tower is seen over the scaffold covering the tower, a

The projection of Spassky (Saviour) tower is seen over the scaffold covering the tower, as fireworks explode over the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Source: AP

 

 

The Kiwis were among the first to kick off festivities, and if their fireworks display is any indication of the year ahead, then 2015 looks set to be much brighter and resplendent than 2014.

Resplendent ... fireworks explode from the top of Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. Pic

Resplendent … fireworks explode from the top of Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. Picture: Getty Images Source:Getty Images

Across the ocean, incredible fireworks exploded over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

Thousands of partygoers flocked to the waterfront to watch the eight-minute pyrotechnic display.

Bright sparks ... fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Picture: AFP

Bright sparks … fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

In Malaysia, celebrations were more subdued as a show of respect for the thousands of people affected by the deadly floods battering the country’s northeast.

While some regions cancelled celebrations and street parties, a beautiful firework display over Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur went ahead.

Subdued ... people watch fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers

Subdued … people watch fireworks explode over Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Picture: AP Source: AP

Around Asia, thousands gathered to enjoy cultural festivities and extravagant light shows — including in North Korea.

Party time ... North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to watch a fireworks displa

Party time … North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to watch a fireworks display in Pyongyang. Picture: APSource: AP

Celebrations ... fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations ne

Celebrations … fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations near Tokyo, Japan. Picture: APSource: AP

Light show ... revellers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown

Light show … revellers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown for the New Year begins in Manila, Philippines. Picture: AP Source: AP

Explosions ... fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year. Picture: AP

Explosions … fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year. Picture: AP Source: AP

Back home, Australian cities from Hobart to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane greeted 2015 in their trademark glittery fashion.

Sydney parties ... the midnight fireworks display to herald in the new year. Picture: Tob

Sydney parties … the midnight fireworks display to herald in the new year. Picture: Toby Zerna Source: News Corp Australia

Let your colours burst ... On the waterfront in Hobart

Let your colours burst … on the waterfront in Hobart. Picture: News Corp Australia Source: News Corp Australia

Those Down Under will have to wait a few hours however to see how their fireworks displays compare with the likes of London, Paris and New York.

A heart on the bridge during the 9PM fireworks. NYE 2014 . Sydney New years Eve celebrati

A heart on the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 9pm fireworks. Picture: John Appleyard Source: News Corp Australia 

SOURCE:::: http://www.news.com.au

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Dubai to invest $32-billion to build world’s largest airport…

File photo of Dubai Airport
APFile photo of Dubai Airport

To further secure its position as the world’s aviation hub, Dubai Airports is building a whopping USD 32—billion greenfield airport at the upcoming Dubai World Central, 30 km off the present international airport which already is the second busiest in the world.

The proposed new airport will become the world’s largest aviation facility on completion and will have five runways which all will be simultaneously operational, all A380-compatible with a length of 4.5 km each.

“We are planning a USD 32—billion brand new airport at the Dubai World Central at Al Maktoum, 30 km off the present Dubai facility. In the first phase, the new airport will be able to handle 120 million passengers, which will go up to 200 million by 2020, when the project is completed,” Dubai Airports Corporate Communications Head Julius Baumann told PTI.

“On completion, the new airport will be the world’s largest airport, with each concourse the size of seven football fields and have five runways which all will be simultaneously operational, all A380-compatible,” Mr. Baumann said.

The other features include 200 aircraft stands for wide bodied aircraft, four concourses connected via six airport trains to two terminals, which in turn will be linked to the city’s metro network. When complete, the mega-hub will have total annual capacity exceeding 200 million passengers and 12 million tonne of freight.

The existing Al Maktoum International opened its doors to passengers on October 27, 2013 and three airlines are operating from here. It has one A380 capable runway, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000 tonne and a fully operational passenger terminal building designed to accommodate 5 million passengers annually.

The Dubai International Airport is the world’s second busiest airport after the London Heathrow and is on course to become the global aviation hub, thanks to its geographical location and the availability of cheap fuel.

The first phase of the new airport includes a single A380 compatible runway, a passenger terminal with capacity of 5 million passengers which is expandable to 7 million; a cargo terminal with a capacity of 250,000 tonne per annum and expandable to 600,000 tonne and a 92-metre air traffic control tower.

The state-owned Dubai Airports already operates the Dubai International Airport in the heart of the Arabian megapolis and the Al Maktoum International Airport at the upcoming Dubai World Central (DWC).

The DWC is a 140 sq km new international city being built to de-congest the present city, Dubai Airports’ Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager Zaigham Ali said, adding the work on new airport will begin early next year.

Apart from the new airport plan, the Emirate is also expanding the Dubai International Airport with a USD 7.8 billion investment to take the capacity to 100 million by 2020. This project was started in 2011 and will be completed by 2016.

The expansion of the Dubai International include a new concourse (Concourse D), expansion of Terminal 2 to twice its current capacity, refurbishment of Terminal 1, and additional aircraft stands, taxiways and aprons among others.

Dubai International, Mr. Baumann said handled 66.43 million passengers in 2013, and has being growing 15.5 per cent per annum since its launch in 1960. In 2013, it was named the second busiest airport in the world after the London Heathrow.

Mr. Ali said India is the largest source market for the airport, with an airline network that connects Dubai with 18 cities in the country.

In 2013, the airport saw a 14.3 percent increase in passenger numbers from India at 8.5 million and in the first 9 months of this year, the number has already crossed 7 million.

Mr. Ali added the company is confident of crossing the last year’s mark this year.

Explaining the rationale for a gigantic new airport, Mr. Baumann said the airport’s forecast figures for unconstrained passenger traffic show 126 million passengers by 2020, and 300 million passengers by 2050.

Additionally, the Terminal 2 will double in capacity by 2015. Concourse D of the airport, slated to open by mid 2015, will provide for 100 more aircraft and taking the figure up to 80 million passengers.

In all, the expansion projects will take the airport’s passenger capacity to a little over 100 million passengers, Mr. Ali said.

With a built-up area of 1,972,474 sqm, the Dubai International Airport comprises three terminals and ranks among the world’s top two busiest airports for international passengers, serving over 125 airlines flying to over 260 destinations, as per the Airports Council International.

On the economic impact of the aviation sector in Baumann, quoting an Oxford Economics report said, aviation will contribute USD 53.1 billion to Dubai’s economy, which is 37.5 per cent to its GDP and will support over 750,000 jobs by the turn of 2020.

The aviation sector as a whole contributed USD 26.7 billion to the Dubai economy in 2013, which was almost 27 per cent of the national GDP and supported 416,500 jobs accounting for 21 per cent of the Emirates’ total employment.

Passenger traffic in September totalled 5,942,628 compared to 5,407,326 recorded in the same month last year, an increase of 9.9 per cent. January—September rose 6.2 per cent to 52,422,547, up from 49,379,165, while in 2013, the passenger traffic stood 66,431,533, up 15.2 per cent from 2012.

Keywords: Dubai airportDubai World Central

SOURCE:::: http://www.the hindu.com

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Is This the World’s Highest Selfie !!!…

Taking the selfie craze to extraordinary heights, a British photographer has clicked himself atop Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

47-year-old Gerald Donovan took incredible pictures of himself from the top of the world’s tallest skyscraper which could be the world’s highest selfie, the Telegraph reported.

The UAE-based photographer took the images as part of his Dubai 360 project, which involved taking a virtual tour of the city and also a set of panoramas from the top of the world-famous 2,722 feet tall building.

Besides taking photos, Donovan was able to capture some pretty incredible video as well including a fish-eye video which depicts Dubai as its very own planet.

The photographer said this was the first selfie he had ever decided to take and share.

He used a special panoramic camera controlled by an iPhone app to capture the picture.

SOURCE:::: http://www.rediff.com

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Dubai’s AL Maktoum International Airport …Will be the World’s Biggest Airport…

 

Dubai announced this week that the emirate’sAl Maktoum International Airport is about to get a massive $32 billion expansion.

Since opening in 2010, the four year-old airport has been mainly used for cargo operations. Passenger service commenced last year.

With this announcement, the seaside emirate will have a second major international airport, in addition to the already palatial Dubai International – home to Emirates Airlines.

The Al Maktoum Airport will serve as the focal point for Dubai World Central, a purpose-built “airport city” located 23 miles outside of Dubai. The 54 square mile airport metropolis will feature everything from commercial, residential, and leisure developments to state-of-the art cargo and air passenger facilities.

Dubai Airports expects Al Maktoum to be able to handle more than 120 million passengers a year, making it the busiest airport in the world. The expansion, which is expected to take six to eight years to complete, will enable the facility to accomodate up to 100 Airbus A380 Superjumbos simultaneously.

If that’s not enough, Al Maktoum International Airport can be further expanded to handle up to 200 million passengers per year. By 2020, the airport is expected to support more than 322,000 jobs and account for as much as 28% of Dubai’s GDP.

According to Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports:

Our future lies at Dubai World Central (DWC). The announcement of this $32 billion development of DWC is both timely and a strong endorsement of Dubai’s aviation industry. With limited options for further growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport that will not only create the capacity we will need in the coming decades but also provide state of the art facilities that revolutionize the airport experience on an unprecedented scale.

SOURCE:::: BENJAMIN ZHANG  in Business Insider India

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