The work at the Concourse D facility of Dubai International Airport, aimed at increasing the airport capacity to 90million passengers, developed at an estimated cost of Dh.1.9bn is almost complete, it has been announced.
The countdown to the opening of Concourse D has already begun, and the operational readiness tests in the new facility will be done on 6th February. The trial is designed to test the systems and process across the facility by simulating typical airport scenarios.
According to Paul Griffiths, the CEO of Dubai Airports, the final element of the $7.8bn Strategic Plan 2020, Concourse D is a crucial and timely addition to Dubai International, as it will increase the airport capacity to 90million passengers.
Griffiths further said an overwhelming response is expected to this facility, from the members of the public. Concourse D aims to create more efficient and intuitive customer experience with short walks to connect passenger with their aircrafts. The facility also features open gates that allows travellers to board directly from waiting area, giving them the freedom and time to enjoy food and beverage outlets, including a casual dining concept offering dishes from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, the first Pret, a Manager in the Middle East airport, and the region’s first Camden Food Company outlet, and CNN News Cafe among others.
There will be plenty of comfortable seating space at the new concourse, and the ever-popular SnoozeCubes that serve as a convenient way to rest between flights. Concourse D will feature total of nine lounges spread across 6926sqm including five airline lounges, new Al Majlis lounge, two Dubai International Hotel lounges and Marhaba VIP lounge. The retail area will spread over 8400sqm. There will be 21 contact stands, four of which will be able to accommodate Airbus A380 Boeing 747 aircraft and 11 remote stands.
UAE residents interested in participating in readiness trials are advised to check the link https://services.dubaiairports.ae/TVRSInternet and register their interest.