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MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 • Page 67 Dubai Airports to spend US$1.2 billion to improve its facilities for 110-plus airlines DUBAI Airports is spending US$1.2 billion on new and upgraded fa- cilities for the more than 110 international airlines that operate from Dubai International’s Terminals 1 and 2. The investment is calculated to deliver a significantly-enhanced customer experience when construction and testing is completed. Concourse D, when it opens later this year, will become the new US$517 million home to nearly 100 airlines that currently occupy Concourse C. It will feature 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate A380 and B747 aircraft, plus 11 remote stands. Designed around a central atrium, the emphasis in Concourse D is to create a more efficient and intuitive customer experience with short walks to connect passengers with their aircraft. The facility will also feature open gates which will allow travellers to board directly from the waiting area, giving them more freedom and time to enjoy food and beverage outlets. Construction is on track for completion mid-year. A total of US$490 million is being invested in phased refurbish- ment and modernisation of Terminal 1 and the operational areas surrounding it as well as at Concourse D. Upgrades include the improvement to the drop-off and pick-up points in front of the terminal, refurbishment of landside arrivals – in- cluding new food and beverage and retail outlets – and the modern- isation of the existing check-in and departure hall. A new train station is also being built to carry passengers to Concourse D. This work also includes a reconfigured immigration area and a new airside arrivals route from the new train station. On the northern side of the airport, a further US$163 million has been invested to upgrade Terminal 2, including a more-spacious check-in area with 48 counters, a newly expanded transfer area and 40 additional immigration counters. In the departures area of Termi- nal 2, new retail outlets and a broader range of food and beverage options already have been introduced and the number of gates increased to 12, while in arrivals, three additional baggage carousel were added, doubling the numbers to a total of six. As more people, industries gravitate to the cities ... Dubai plans 100 initiatives to keep it at the forefront of global Smart Cities movement Recently, India announced its plan to develop 100 smart cities. UK’s Bristol announced ‘Bristol is open’ a multi-million pound experiment to create the smart city of the future. In Japan, the national government has selected 13 locations for its Eco-Model Cities (EMC) scheme. While the growth of Smart Cities will bring opportunities, Achour said the common aim will be to provide cost-effi- cient smart services. “These rapid developments will provide great business opportunities, especially for technology and service provid- ers. But even before we talk about the revenues, the com- mon goal is to provide cost-efficient services for residents and make cities economically vibrant and environmentally friendly,” he said. Among the challenges are digital security and capaci- ty-building issues that factor in cost controls at the same time. Effective utilisation of infrastructure, resources and better sustainability are the key, he added. To achieve this, service providers now need to chalk out their plans and offerings, Achour concluded.