Posted by Neil King
Dubai's leader and the prime minister of the UAE has toured Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International to mark the airport's formal opening.
Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that "Dubai promised and delivered" on its aim of creating the airport complex, which will be the world's biggest with a capacity of 160 million passengers per year when completed.
He was given a briefing during the tour by senior officials led by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Airline and Group.
Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International will be the centerpiece of a 140-square kilometre development that is to host six clusters linked to aviation and logistics.
Shaikh Mohammad's visit comes after the airport officially opened for cargo business at the weekend, welcoming inaugural flights operated by Rus Aviation, Skyline and Aerospace Consortium.
Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this week that RAK Airways, the national carrier of Ras Al Khaimah, will re-launch services before the end of this year following a hiatus of just over 12 months.