It is estimated that DWC will have 400,000-square meter offices, 1,000,000-square meter warehouses, plots to build 24,000,000 square meter and 10,000 on site residential units. On completion, Dubai World Central will accommodate facilities to support 900,000 residents and 700,000 workers. The DWC investment is the first step in delivering upon the Government of Dubai’s commitment to become the logistic and trade hub of the region by developing and implementing the infrastructure and systems required for seamless transition of goods between sea, land and air. The purpose-built platform acts as a logistics hub for the wider region increasing its regional and international linkages and inter-connectedness.
Dubai World Central, will have the first and only integrated sea-air corridor which allows containers offloaded from a ship to be airborne in two or three hours (including the administrative and custom clearing process).
The airport will have an annual cargo capacity of 12 million tons, more than three times that of Memphis International Airport, today’s largest cargo hub, and a passenger capacity between 120 million and 150 million per year – more than the Harts field-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (90 million in 2008), currently the world’s busiest passenger airport. A 140 square kilometer urban aviation community will complement the world’s largest airport. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi is developing the Khalifa Ports and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) at Taweelah which will be naturally benefiting from their vicinity with Dubai World Central.
The new logistic facilities at Dubai World Central will provide ample opportunities to expand services currently in embryonic stage. Dubai could emerge as the most suitable hub to provide these services all around the region, especially to pre-position stock of drugs to distribute in the area. This trend has already started with the creation of zones which attract companies specialized in Health Care, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology sectors.
The opening of Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport will mark a milestone in the worldwide logistics sector. It will be the largest integrated port and airport facility in a major urban area linked to an extensive network of highways covering a territory from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean. In perspective, it will be connected also to a state of the art railroad system, whose construction is due to start in 2011.
The opening of part of Dubai World Central development will significantly increase Dubai’s trade, industrial and logistics capacity.
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