Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and of Emirates Group, forecasts that the thriving aviation industry will become a significant contributor to Dubai's economy - and by 2020 it will be in a position to contribute up to 32% of Dubai's GDP, Khaleej Times reports.
In a message for the latest edition of DCAA's official bilingual newsletter, Via Dubai, Shaikh Ahmed said Dubai International Airport, which is expected to handle 70 million passengers in 2014, was on its way to becoming the world's top airport for international passengers.
The aviation chief revealed a new project that will be trialled soon: a new concourse (Concourse D), which will be connected to an existing terminal by automated train. It is expected to open early next year.
The concourse project is part of a $7.8 billion (£4.6 billion) expansion programme aiming to enhance the capacity of the airport, and by 2020 to serve 100 million passengers annually. At the same time, work continues on the Al Maktoum International Airport, which is eventually expected to reach a capacity of 160 million passengers. Shaikh Ahmed said that Dubai is on track with its plan to stimulate growth in the aviation industry.
Also in the newsletter, DCAA's director general, Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, pointed to the importance of human resources management in the aviation sector, saying that DCAA understands the need to focus on the human factor as a way of boosting productivity. In the highly competitive, performance-driven business environment of today, an organisation cannot excel by relying solely on technology, marketing strategies and customer services, he noted.