Emirates Invests $950 Million in New Engineering Facility at Dubai World Central

Emirates Airlines has announced a significant investment of $950 million to construct an ultra-modern engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC). This state-of-the-art complex, covering 1 million square meters, is poised to become the largest and most advanced airline-operated engineering facility globally. This investment not only enhances Dubai’s aviation infrastructure but also signals Emirates’ confidence in the future of the aviation sector and its commitment to long-term growth.

The new engineering facility is designed with a dual purpose: to support the operational requirements of Emirates’ extensive aircraft fleet into the 2040s and to serve as a commercial aviation engineering hub in the Middle East. Moreover, its capacity extends beyond Emirates’ needs, with potential services offered to other airline operators. This development reflects the airline’s strategic vision of strengthening its operational capabilities and reinforcing its position as a leader in global aviation.

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HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group, underscored the significance of this investment at the Dubai Airshow. He highlighted that this move is essential for Emirates to attain self-sufficiency in maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO), and all engineering requirements for its fleet. Additionally, Sheikh Ahmed emphasized the facility’s role as a centre of excellence in aviation, attracting global participation and creating skilled technical jobs, thereby contributing to Dubai’s economy.

Sustainable Design and Expansion Plans

The new Emirates Engineering facility is being developed with a strong focus on sustainability. Ali Mubarak Al Soori, Emirates Group Executive Vice President – Facilities, Projects Management & Group Procurement & Supply Chain, outlined the eco-friendly aspects of the project. The complex will incorporate green building materials, install solar panels across the campus, and set up recycling systems for oils and wastewater, demonstrating Emirates’ commitment to environmentally responsible practices.

Construction work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in 2027.  Provisions have been made for further expansion, potentially doubling the capacity in Phase 2, in line with Emirates’ fleet growth and operational requirements. The new Emirates Engineering complex will also incorporate sustainability into its design, including: the use of green build materials throughout the complex; the installation of solar panels on roofs across the entire campus; and the set-up of recycling systems for oils and wastewater.”

Ali Mubarak Al Soori, Emirates Group Executive Vice President – Facilities, Projects Management & Group Procurement & Supply Chain

The project’s first phase will include eight maintenance hangars and one paint hangar capable of handling any size commercial aircraft up to Code F (A380), an engine run-up facility, 20 support workshops, enormous storage facilities, and administration offices.

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The current Emirates Engineering Centre at Dubai International (DXB) will continue to support the airline’s operations, with the new facility at DWC handling spillover work and heavier maintenance programs with extended aircraft ground time initially. As project consultants, ADP Ingénierie has been engaged.

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