14/01/2013 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Dubai International Airport's (DXB's) Terminal 1 is set to receive a major facelift over the next two years.Bosses at Dubai Airports have confirmed today (January 14th) that work will begin in the first quarter of 2013 and is due to finish at the end of 2014.They believe the refurbishment will radically improve the travel experience for all visitors to the emirate.All check-in desks will be replaced and a new streamlined baggage screening system will be introduced. In addition to this, all public areas within the complex will be modernised.The arrivals hall is also being regenerated in order to make it a more pleasant place for families and friends to greet their loved ones when they land in Dubai.It is hoped the upgrades will lead to significant improvements in traffic flow throughout the airport."Dubai Airports is continually striving to enhance the service we offer all our passengers while expanding our facilities to meet the growing number of passengers passing through the airport," commented chief executive officer at Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths."In addition to significantly increasing our capacity, the upgrade of Terminal 1 together with the construction of Concourse D will offer our passengers a more inviting and comfortable environment."The new-look Terminal 1 will be linked to Concourse D - which will house more than 100 airlines when it opens in 2015 - via an elevated train system.It seems that hardly a day goes by without new revelations of major improvements being made at DXB.The brand new Concourse A is being opened in stages following a number of successful trials towards the end of 2012.This extra space will take the airport's overall capacity to 75 million passengers a year - up from 60 million.Around 57 million people were said to have passed through the airport last year and this number is expected to rise sharply in 2013, so it is fair to say these new developments are particularly timely.