Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the UAE is set to commence work on refurbishment of Terminal 1 in the first quarter of 2013.
Expected to be completed by the end of 2014, work includes streamlining of baggage screening in the departures hall, the replacement of all check-in desks, modernisation of baggage systems and the upgrade of all public areas.
Upon completion of the project, the new baggage screening processes are expected to offer enhanced passenger flow by eliminating queuing point, reducing the time taken by passengers to move from the forecourt in Terminal 1 to the departure gates.
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths said that the airport operator is working to enhance its services while expanding its facilities to meet the rise in passengers using the airport.
"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 in line with the newer facilities across the terminals at Dubai International," Griffiths said.
The project also includes utilisation of the additional space created by streamlined baggage process to make the departures hall more spacious and will be merged with modernised wayfinding signage to improve passengers' accessibility to the building.
Work in the project also includes rebuilding and expanding the arrivals hall, incorporating an air-conditioned space with new food and retail outlets.
Refurbishment of the arrivals immigration hall is expected to enhance passenger flow and reduce processing times for arriving passengers.
As part of the programme, the adjoining arrivals forecourt will also be remodelled to enhance traffic flow, while developing a safer pedestrian environment for passengers departing the Terminal 1 arrivals hall.
Upon completion of Terminal 1's refurbishment, it will be connected through a new elevated train system to Concourse D, which is currently being built to accommodate 100 airlines that fly to and from Dubai International upon it opening in 2015.
Image: The refurbishment project is also aimed at developing a pedestrian environment for passengers departing the Terminal 1 arrivals hall. Photo: courtesy of Dubai Airports.