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DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:55 pm

Dubai International has opened today a new concourse, which will be part of Terminal 1; and will be designed to all airlines apart from Emirates and Qantas.

BA was the first airline to use the concourse.

DXB officially can handle 90 million pax per annum from today onwards!

Well done DXB!

Source: http://gulfnews.com/business/aviatio...ai-international-airport-1.1678451
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:23 pm

Perhaps I'm confused, but why are they adding to DXB's infrastructure
when everybody will be moving to the new DWC airport in a few years?  
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:26 pm

DWC is still years away from being able to handle DXB levels of traffic. It will likely remain as an LCC/Cargo airport for some time. I think they will keep everyone at DXB as long as they possibly can.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:33 pm

Is there enough traffic to operate both airports in the future?
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:51 pm

I'm not sure airlines are all that eager to move to DWC. It has "Dubai Mirabel" written all over it.
 
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RE: DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:52 pm

Without recourse to any research at the moment, I think that basically the original plan fell foul of the Great Financial Crash, and essentially Dubai ran out of money!

One major casualty was the new airport, its completion date is now in 2025, IIRW! EK doesn't want to move "some" ops to the new one, and keep "the rest" in the current one. It wants a Big Bang - just like Hong Kong! EK is happy to see other carriers being gently "encouraged" to the new airport

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Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:10 pm

Quoting Sooner787 (Reply 1):

To be able to afford DWC, EK/DXB/Dubai Airport Authorities need to expand+make more money. Simple as that.

Congrats to DXB. It's not a completely new terminal. The check-in/passport control/arrivals section of Terminal 1 will remain the same. Now, everyone must use a train to get to Concourse D. Those trains are bound to be very busy at certain times!
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:24 pm

Quoting sassiciai (Reply 5):
One major casualty was the new airport, its completion date is now in 2025, IIRW!

In order to meet that 2025 target date, construction on the expansion that would take DWC up to 120m would have had to begin last year. That plan still remains in the design stages, supposedly because Dubai is short of money and needs a private company to partner on the project and help fund it.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:25 pm

Is Dubai headed to collapse with current oil prices or no?
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:27 pm

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 8):

Dubai has little oil. Dubai's main source of income is from Trade and Tourism.
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:31 pm

Quoting dubaiamman243 (Reply 9):
Dubai has little oil. Dubai's main source of income is from Trade and Tourism.

But will they be regionally effected or no? Is the UAE like the US or are they more independent?
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:45 pm

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 8):
Is Dubai headed to collapse with current oil prices or no?

Dubai decided upon a great plan to build lots of apartments which generate management fees etc. That is probably where their main income comes from these days.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:54 pm

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 11):
Dubai decided upon a great plan to build lots of apartments which generate management fees etc. That is probably where their main income comes from these days.

But what do the folks in the apartments do? Manage other apartments?
 
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RE: DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:02 pm

Quoting goosebayguy (Reply 11):
Dubai decided upon a great plan to build lots of apartments which generate management fees etc. That is probably where their main income comes from these days.
Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 12):
But what do the folks in the apartments do? Manage other apartments?

Dubai is much more than that. Their main source of revenue as an Emirate is to generate income from tourism and trade; which Dubai is the leading export and re-export hub in the Arabian Gulf/Middle East and Africa region. Their industrial sector contributes billions to their economy, as well as their aviation sector and real estate markets.

With the conflicts going in the Arab World, Dubai has witnessed an increased number of tourists going to Dubai instead of other regional former "hotspots" like Cairo, Damascus, and Beirut. Dubai is similar to Hong Kong. Other Emirates depend on oil and gas such as Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah (somewhat). But, they are also feeling the spotlight from and try to import some of the Dubai-success into it.

Dubai is simply a success story!
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:19 pm

Didn't they already soft open the concourse a couple weeks ago?

Anyway, much needed. The old one was pretty bad.
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:47 pm

I'm happy to see another great new terminal,however, I highly doubt DXB will ever see close to 90mn pax per year. Not even ATL has that many pax per year! While I'd love to see DWC become a reality, I see it as just a large, empty quasi-failed vanity project. As for Dubai, it has very little oil(which may now be a good thing   ) but who on Earth wants to vacation there? I understand that it's a great business place for people coming from other world regions but at least Hong Kong is a destination in itself. Dubai's just a stopover place.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:02 pm

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):

I'm happy to see another great new terminal,however, I highly doubt DXB will ever see close to 90mn pax per year. Not even ATL has that many pax per year!

ATL had over 100 million pax last year. Given the growth of EK it's not a matter of if, but when, DXB hits 90 million.
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:06 pm

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
I highly doubt DXB will ever see close to 90mn pax per year. Not even ATL has that many pax per year

Last year's pax traffic by airport: 2015 Airport Passenger Traffic (by HALtheAI Feb 16 2016 in Civil Aviation)

DXB is predicting 89m pax for 2016, and within several years, capacity should be increased to 118m. Not sure exactly how they'll manage that though. Run the luggage conveyor belts 30% faster? Equip the security guards with cattle prods to 'encourage' travelers to move a little quicker?
 
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RE: DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:15 pm

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
As for Dubai, it has very little oil(which may now be a good thing   ) but who on Earth wants to vacation there?

Apparently 14,000,000 people.

"Dubai is the second largest and second most important and influential emirate of the United Arab Emirates after the capital Abu Dhabi. Many may associate the Middle Eastern economy with the oil industry, but little of Dubai’s revenue comes from oil. In fact, the most profitable industries in Dubai are tourism, real estate and financial services. The number tourists in Dubai increased year-on-year between 2010 and 2015, reaching over 14 million in 2015. This made Dubai the forth most visited city destination worldwide after London, Bangkok, and Paris according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index."

http://www.statista.com/statistics/2...i-from-international-destinations/
 
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:54 pm

Quoting RTW00 (Reply 3):
Is there enough traffic to operate both airports in the future?

More than enough. This is about 18 months old but at that time they were forecasting over 125 million passengers by 2020 and 200 million by 2030.
http://dubaix.ae/2020-2/

DXB airport can't handle more than 100 million. ATL handles about that many but with 5 runways, not 2.
 
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:39 am

Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest, has opened a $1.2 billion concourse with the arrival of a British Airways flight from London

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world's busiest airport for international travel is growing again. Dubai International Airport opened a new concourse Wednesday with the arrival of a British Airways flight from London. Officials say the new $1.2 billion concourse will boost the airport's capacity from 75 million to 90 million passengers annually.



https://www.yahoo.com/news/dubai-airport-raises-capacity-extension-142347801.html
 
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:45 am

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 12):
But what do the folks in the apartments do? Manage other apartments?

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Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:14 am

Quoting a380787 (Reply 4):
It has "Dubai Mirabel" written all over it.

If they're stupid enough to not close DXB (a la YUL), then it very likely will be.
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:34 am

The first two airlines that operated from the new concourse were British Airways and Royal Jordanian.
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:22 am

Quoting Sooner787 (Reply 1):
Perhaps I'm confused, but why are they adding to DXB's infrastructure
when everybody will be moving to the new DWC airport in a few years?  

How would you raise the estimated $33 billion USD needed to pay for the new airport? These concourses will pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years (by 2020, worst case scenario). After that, the added capacity will help pay for the 2025 expansion at DWC.

Quoting sassiciai (Reply 5):
Without recourse to any research at the moment, I think that basically the original plan fell foul of the Great Financial Crash, and essentially Dubai ran out of money!

Agreed. This is making the best of Dubai's current financial situation.

Quoting Kngkyle (Reply 16):
ATL had over 100 million pax last year. Given the growth of EK it's not a matter of if, but when, DXB hits 90 million.

[ Edit Post ]

What amazes me is it could be this year:

Quoting HALtheAI (Reply 17):
DXB is predicting 89m pax for 2016, and within several years, capacity should be increased to 118m. Not sure exactly how they'll manage that though.

Any facility can be run over capacity. That is only running at 120%. The limit will be airside which is more flights (off times?) and larger aircraft (A380s, 77Ws vs. A340s). Terminal capacity should not be the issue.

The issue wll be the new IST airport and TK.

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Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:31 am

They'll have to move to DWC, there's no room to expand at DXB, and it is in severe need of a separated runway.

When DWC is ready, they should turn DXB into a giant amusement park.
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:01 am

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
I'm happy to see another great new terminal,however, I highly doubt DXB will ever see close to 90mn pax per year. Not even ATL has that many pax per year! While I'd love to see DWC become a reality, I see it as just a large, empty quasi-failed vanity project. As for Dubai, it has very little oil(which may now be a good thing   ) but who on Earth wants to vacation there? I understand that it's a great business place for people coming from other world regions but at least Hong Kong is a destination in itself. Dubai's just a stopover place.

People don't go to Dubai for cultural tourism, they way they visit Paris/Vienna etc. However, it's a big shopping destination, especially for people from Iran, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, plus several countries in Africa. Russians and others from the Soviet Union also visit Dubai, for shopping as well as for beach holidays. Oh, and Dubai is huge with Brits.

Maybe you're thinking of places like Doha, which isn't a popular destination.

Quoting hz747300 (Reply 25):
When DWC is ready, they should turn DXB into a giant amusement park.

DXB is actually very close to the city. I imagine if DXB land was sold off to investors, along with the adjacent light industry/warehouse district, then they'd make billions. The current airport is basically in the middle of the city.
 
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:48 am

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 26):
others from the Soviet Union also visit Dubai,

Ehhh ... what?
  
 
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:18 am

thanks for sharing, sure many of us watched the documentary of this terminal getting built! Great News for

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
but who on Earth wants to vacation there? I understand that it's a great business place for people coming from other world regions but at least Hong Kong is a destination in itself. Dubai's just a stopover place.

You should go there, that would quickly answer all your questions. 14 Mio Visitors for a (basically) single City sounds pretty good to me.
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Quoting Directorguy (Reply 26):
others from the Soviet Union

Did you not get the memo? The USSR was dissolved in 1991  
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:21 am

Quoting Sooner787 (Reply 1):
Perhaps I'm confused, but why are they adding to DXB's infrastructure

Because DXB needs to handle 90 million passengers per year by 2019. The new DWC airport won't be fully ready by 2025 at the least.
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:59 am

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
Dubai's just a stopover place.

Dubai is getting to be a very popular holiday destination for Brits

And there is a flight from most UK airports every half hour.   
 
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:40 pm

Immigration in T1 is horrid.... especially when departing... do they have a solution for that?
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:57 pm

Quoting avi8tir (Reply 32):

Immigration in T1 is horrid.... especially when departing... do they have a solution for that?

Yes. You can either sign up for E-gate (works for arrival/departure) for a fee, even if you're a visitor, so long as you get visa on arrival.
Immigration on arrival is awful, consistently. At least on departure the lines are somewhat shorter.
Last time I passed through, the officer said that they'll be getting Smart Gate when Concourse D opens. Though not sure what the connection is, as immigration is in Terminal 1, which remains separate from the D gates.

Quoting SKAirbus (Reply 29):
Did you not get the memo? The USSR was dissolved in 1991  

Oh no! So no more Aeroflot? 
 
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:22 am

When concourse D was opened were all T1 airlines moving to that concourse, or will some still use concourse C if demand necessitates so?

Saw today that the Cathay Pacific flight still used a concourse C gate. I thought all would move to D, and the passageway from T1 to Concourse C would close.

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Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:26 am

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 34):
Saw today that the Cathay Pacific flight still used a concourse C gate. I thought all would move to D, and the passageway from T1 to Concourse C would close.

They are doing it in stages, so it will happen, just not yet. It's the only way "70 airlines" will be using the new Concourse D.

I have to say, Concourse C is a dump. An unmitigated dump, go up the escalator to Concourse B, and the place, and the mood, is night & day.
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:53 am

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 26):
People don't go to Dubai for cultural tourism, they way they visit Paris/Vienna etc. However, it's a big shopping destination, especially for people from Iran, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, plus several countries in Africa. Russians and others from the Soviet Union also visit Dubai, for shopping as well as for beach holidays. Oh, and Dubai is huge with Brits.

Add to that the investment being made to transform Dubai into a big huge amusement park. 16 new attraction coming up this year alone.
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:37 pm

does anyone know when KLM will move to the new concourse? i'm traveling with them next week and would love to check it out
 
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:50 pm

Quoting hz747300 (Reply 25):

When DWC is ready, they should turn DXB into a giant amusement park.

Orignally I think that this was sort of the plan!

DXB was going to be a huge new development of skyscrapers
 
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:06 pm

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 10):
Is the UAE like the US or are they more independent?

It's more a family union with separate bank accounts. Or a Commonwealth, if you will.

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 12):
But what do the folks in the apartments do? Manage other apartments?

Very many of the apartments and villas are paid by employers, to be used by their imported foreign workers of the right hue and skills. Another large part is left empty, whilst construction is going on next door. All of the real estate is bought as an investment, a not insignificant measure of which is used as a convenient place to park shady financial gains.

Dubai is a bit of mix between clown circus, Vegas without the gambling (but a higher class of whores), escape ground for snake oil salesmen and a ponzi-scheme. All very successfully executed, if that's your idea of success.
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:14 pm

Quoting sassiciai (Reply 5):
EK is happy to see other carriers being gently "encouraged" to the new airport
Quoting RTW00 (Reply 3):
Is there enough traffic to operate both airports in the future?

Yes, but the question is really whether EK wants to be at DWC with everybody else at DXB. I suspect it will be in EK's interest to close DXB or restrict its operations somehow to only short-haul.

Quoting a380787 (Reply 4):
I'm not sure airlines are all that eager to move to DWC. It has "Dubai Mirabel" written all over it.

Once they build the high speed rail line it will be very convenient, depending where the terminus of that is.

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 10):
Quoting dubaiamman243 (Reply 9):
Dubai has little oil. Dubai's main source of income is from Trade and Tourism.

But will they be regionally effected or no? Is the UAE like the US or are they more independent?

The main downside is the loss of free-wheeling F class revenue at EK.

Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
but who on Earth wants to vacation there?

Have you ever been to NAS? You clearly haven't been to DXB. NAS's main attraction is the Atlantis. Dubai has a full Atlantis and that's just one of many many tourist draws.

Quoting BHXLOVER (Reply 31):
Quoting VX321 (Reply 15):
Dubai's just a stopover place.

Dubai is getting to be a very popular holiday destination for Brits

It's been popular with Brits since before anybody in the USA heard of it. Dubai traffic is about 50% local now which is slightly better than ATL I think.

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 36):
Add to that the investment being made to transform Dubai into a big huge amusement park.

Some of those look interesting.
 
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Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:09 pm

Quoting enilria (Reply 40):
Dubai traffic is about 50% local now which is slightly better than ATL I think.

Do you have a source? Dubai O&D is growing and much stronger than the other ME3, but I am estimating slightly less. More like 40%.

One could hope for Disneyland Dubai. The region could fill the attraction and only the UAE would provide the environment Disney would require. (In no way would India sell the land and grant Disney the control required).

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Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:06 am

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 41):
One could hope for Disneyland Dubai.

Disney is being courted heavily by Qatar to start there.
Universal Studios were supposed to setup in Dubai in 2008 but the project was suspended courtesy the GFC. However the typical Universal Studios entrance gate and sign are still visible on the the Dubai-Al Ain highway (called route 66).

Legoland Dubai is another attraction due to open in late 2016 / early 2017.
 
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Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:43 pm

Quoting AirIndia (Reply 42):
Disney is being courted heavily by Qatar to start there.

Who doesn't court Disneyland? Abu Dhabi has courted them too.

I'm into game theory. So if I ask what is the best strategy for Disney, it would be build by the water at the Abu Dhabi/Dubai border with a large land purchase. That way there are three airports (four?) to feed the parks. With land in two Emirates, play them off against each other for each bid. Just have a monorail system connecting everything.

This would saturate DXB and AUH enabling DWC expansion.

Oh... Mouse ear artificial island!   

I'm a Disneyphile if it isn't obvious.  

With a Disneyland, Universal would bring Harry Potter... Huge O&D. Whatever ME3 hub has Disneyland wins IMHO. Let the bidding commence!

But if Qatar wins Disneyland, I wouldn't be surprised if Universal still builds in Dubai... Just my opinion, but Qatar is just a bit too isolated. However, the O&D to Disneyland would boost QR tremendously.

But at the Abu Dhabi/Dubai border.... Land from two Emirates, concessions from both, and multiple airports competing... A win for all (even QR via transfer traffic).

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Wed Mar 02, 2016 5:00 pm

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 43):
Who doesn't court Disneyland? Abu Dhabi has courted them too.

I'm into game theory. So if I ask what is the best strategy for Disney, it would be build by the water at the Abu Dhabi/Dubai border with a large land purchase. That way there are three airports (four?) to feed the parks. With land in two Emirates, play them off against each other for each bid. Just have a monorail system connecting everything.

Lol you've thought about this quite a bit, haven't you  
Seeing as this Disneyland would be in the Middle East, would make sense, instead of having a Sleeping Beauty castle, to have the Agrabah palace from Aladdin. Also, as they'll be near the sea, maybe they can make part of the theme park underwater and build King Triton's palace underwater. Now that would be cool!

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 43):
Just have a monorail system connecting everything.

UAE Rail supposed to open sometime this decade-let's hope it eases the commute between AD/Dubai.
 
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Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:19 pm

Just to be clear, Dubai will see O&D growth to fill this new concorse. Further discussion on how to boost traffic.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 44):
Also, as they'll be near the sea, maybe they can make part of the theme park underwater and build King Triton's palace underwater. Now that would be cool!

I thought this was thought thru... But an underwater park with underwater castle... Puts the Cali submarine ride to shame! I like your thinking!

What matters is the various amusement parks will boost O&D traffic with Disney being an obvious draw. DXB will saturate soon. DWC is too far from current O&D until rail or new O&D is built.

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Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:19 pm

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 24):
How would you raise the estimated $33 billion USD needed to pay for the new airport? These concourses will pay for themselves within 3 to 5 years (by 2020, worst case scenario). After that, the added capacity will help pay for the 2025 expansion at DWC.

Early this year Christine Lagarde of IMF warned Dubai about its debt, with a specific ref to airport infrastructure projects.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 26):
People don't go to Dubai for cultural tourism, they way they visit Paris/Vienna etc. However, it's a big shopping destination, especially for people from Iran, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, plus several countries in Africa. Russians and others from the Soviet Union also visit Dubai, for shopping as well as for beach holidays. Oh, and Dubai is huge with Brits.

Absolutely, however people from the region (3hrs flt to dxb) use EK for outbound travel. Pak, Bang, Iran do not have western airlines serving their country direct. Ref Brits again its mainly brits of Asian origin who visit dxb mainly for gold purchases or VFR at home dest.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 43):
Who doesn't court Disneyland? Abu Dhabi has courted them too.

I'm into game theory. So if I ask what is the best strategy for Disney, it would be build by the water at the Abu Dhabi/Dubai border with a large land purchase. That way there are three airports (four?) to feed the parks. With land in two Emirates, play them off against each other for each bid. Just have a monorail system connecting everything.

This would saturate DXB and AUH enabling DWC expansion.

Dubai is already pumping huge capital into its own Theme parks and safari parks.

According to the rumour mills doing the round in UAE, It is AUH that has put a spanner in the works of DWC by claiming right to the land. If you look at the original timeline of DWC, it should have been fully ops by now with the 4 parallel runways.

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 8):
Is Dubai headed to collapse with current oil prices or no?

It is being hit hard. Most of the sharia compliant bonds that dubai floats have been purchased by the Gulf based entities who have now shut their purse. Kuwait and Saudi monarchs were the largest investors. Saudi will be the first economy to collapse inthe GCC soon with other to follow. Chinese were another big investors in dxb RE and trade (mainly chinese products), with china's Ji going after chinese money launderers this source has also nearly dried. Same with russians and the falling oil economies. Dubai is feeling the heat big time. My sources tell me the city is bustling but there is hardly any capital to go around with inflation skyrocketing due to dirham being pegged to the USD.
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RE: DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:43 am

Quoting tayaramecanici (Reply 46):
Early this year Christine Lagarde of IMF warned Dubai about its debt, with a specific ref to airport infrastructure projects.

IMF warned on real estate debt that Dubai was in another property bubble.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-24078746

The UAE is overspending, but airports make a profit.

I read doomsday scenarios on Dubai too often. They are the distribution center of the mid-east.

DWC will happen, it is only a question if funding.

They are in a 2nd real estate bubble... Cest LA vie.

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RE: DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:30 am

Got to use the new concourse this week courtesy of BA.

Initial thoughts are merely average. I found the general architecture and design of the concourse to be very functional but lacking any imagination and "wow" factor that exists with the other terminals. I personally felt I'd simply landed into another perfunctory US style terminal.

On both the outbound and the inbound the flights seemed to be parked at the furthest stands possible from the track transit (oddly opposite ends to each other on the days in question suggesting that BA does not have a specific gate for its operations) which meant a rather significant walk to catch the shuttle to passport control. Essentially I felt that the long walk of the old days is still almost there but has simply had a train ride added to it!!!! Also on the arriving flight the train pulled out of the concourse and then stopped without any explanation for 5 minutes at which time the temperature increases significantly and became very uncomfortable, there was no announcement during this time. On the return journey the following day the train kept slowing down and speeding up with significant jerking taking place.

On our departure, the jetty failed to retract from the aircraft and resulted in a 25min delay to our departure before an engineer arrived to fix it.

All in all I was underwhelmed. Shame as the rest of the airport has always been somewhat of a marvel!
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RE: DXB Opens New Massive Concourse

Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:06 am

Dubai is an amazing vacation. I've gone there the past 5 years after I studied abroad there. I couldn't recommend it more. So much to do and theres always, always something new happening or being built. The amount of things they accomplish in the 10 months between my visits is mind boggling. Honestly considering trying to live there in the near future (especially after this upcoming election, but thats another story)

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