Emirates, based in Dubai, has unveiled a substantial investment of $950 million for the construction of an innovative engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).

Positioned as the largest and most advanced of its kind in the airline industry, the expansive complex will cover over 1 million square meters and cater to the maintenance and operational needs of Emirates’ aircraft fleet well into the 2040s. Notably, the facility may also offer spare capacity to other airlines.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, emphasized the significance of this investment in signaling confidence in the future growth of Emirates and the aviation sector.

The new facility aims to render Emirates entirely self-sufficient in maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO), and all engineering aspects of its aircraft fleet. Additionally, the project is expected to generate thousands of skilled technical jobs, contributing substantially to Dubai’s economy.

The engineering facility is set to provide a comprehensive range of specialist aircraft engineering services, covering routine checks, customized paint jobs, light to heavy maintenance programs, engine repairs and testing, and full cabin interior fit-outs and aircraft conversions.

ADP Ingénierie has been appointed as project consultants for this ambitious venture. Phase 1 of the project, slated to commence construction in 2024 and conclude in 2027, will feature eight maintenance hangars, one paint hangar capable of accommodating commercial aircraft up to Code F (A380), an engine run-up facility, around 20 support workshops, extensive storage facilities, and administrative offices.

The design of the new Emirates Engineering complex incorporates sustainability measures, such as the use of green building materials, installation of solar panels, and the implementation of recycling systems for oils and wastewater.

While the existing Emirates Engineering Centre at Dubai International (DXB) will continue to support the airline’s operations, the new complex at DWC will initially handle overflow work and heavy maintenance programs requiring longer aircraft ground time.

Provisions have also been made for future expansion, aligning with Emirates’ fleet growth and operational demands, potentially doubling the capacity in Phase



Last Updated: 14 November 2023