Emirates to Build New $950 Million Engineering Facility at Dubai World Central
Updated: Nov 16
Emirates has today announced that they will build a new $950 million engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC). The more than one million square-meter engineering complex will be the most advanced of its kind operated by any airline.
On Tuesday (November 14, 2023), Emirates announced that they will build a new over one million square-meter engineering complex at Dubai World Central (DWC). According to Emirates, it will be the largest and most advanced facility of its kind to be operated by any airline, and will boost Dubai’s world-class aviation infrastructure. The purpose-built state-of-the-art facility will support Emirates’ fleet requirements into the 2040s, and will become a center for excellence for commercial aviation engineering service in the Middle East, opened to other airline operators. ADP Ingénierie has been appointed as project consultants.
In Tuesday’s announcement from the Dubai Airshow, Emirates Airline and Group’s Chairman and Chief Executive, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bi Saeed Al Maktoum, said,
“This significant investment signals our confidence in the future growth of Emirates and the aviation sector. The new facility will enable Emirates to be entirely self-sufficient when it comes to maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO) and all engineering requirements for our aircraft fleet. It gives us operational stability and flexibility, and quality assurance. With the projected growth of the region’s aviation sector, Emirates’ new engineering facility will also play a key role as a centre of excellence, attracting the involvement of global players across the aviation supply chain. It’ll create thousands of skilled technical jobs and add value to Dubai’s economy.”
Also commenting on the new engineering complex, Emirates Group’s EVP – Facilities, Projects Management & Group Procurement & Supply Chain, Ali Mubarak Al Soori, said,
“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.”
Emirates’ new engineering facility will be a full service MRO shop with the ability to handle the complete range of specialist aircraft engineering services, from routine aircraft checks to bespoke paint jobs, light to heavy maintenance, and engine repair and testing, to full cabin interior fit-outs and aircraft conversions.
During the first phase of the project (Phase 1), eight maintenance hangars and one paint hangar will be constructed, all capable of handling any size commercial aircraft up to Code F (A380), along with an engine run-up facility, around 20 support workshops, massive storage facilities and administrative offices. The airline’s existing Emirates Engineering Centre at Dubai International Airport (DXB) will continue to support the carrier’s operations, while the new DWC complex will initially handle spillover work and heavy maintenance programs with longer aircraft ground time.