The Government of Dubai has announced a $3bn financing deal to improve the capacity of its Dubai International Airport (DXB) and the new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) by 2025.
Following the completion of the investment, both the airports in Dubai will be able to handle up to 146m passengers in around ten years.
Dubai supreme fiscal committee chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Dubai remains firmly committed to the development of the Al Maktoum International Airport and to the growth of the global aviation sector, and this initial $3bn transaction to support Dubai’s ambitious 2025 passenger capacity targets is testament to our belief.”
Planned to be the primary airport for Dubai, the newly developed DWC will serve as a base for Emirates Airline from 2025.
The other international airport of Dubai, DXB, served 78 million passengers in 2015, representing a 13% average compound annual growth rate since 2000.
Government of Dubai department of finance director general Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh said: “In line with Dubai’s vision to maintain its status as one of the world’s most important cultural and commercial centres, the planned expansion of both of the city’s airports is critically important, and our department is proud to play a vital role in their ongoing financing, just as we have with other similarly major projects.”
Under the proposed financing arrangement, the Department of Finance (DOF), Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) and Dubai Aviation City (DACC) will work together to raise finance from various sources.
HSBC has been selected as financial advisor for the investment.
Image: Dubai supreme fiscal committee chairman Sheikh Ahmad bin Said Al Maktouum. Photo: courtesy of Government of Dubai Media Office.