By Vicky Kapur www.emirates247.com
In what is being seen as a significant step towards realising Dubai’s vision as the aviation capital of the world, a private jet carrying 13 passengers took off from the newly built VIP Terminal at Dubai South’s Aviation District.
The launch marked the beginning of operations at the world’s first 7-star facility dedicated to private aviation, and is part of the huge master-plan that is being developed in Dubai South, the future home for the Expo 2020 site.
In August last year, Dubai World Central, a 145 sq km master-planned city, was rebranded as ‘Dubai South’.
Dubai South will be the site of the World Expo 2020, which is expected to attract 25 million visitors. Between October 2020 and April 2021, Dubai will host the next World Expo.
In November 2013, Dubai was voted winner of the World Expo 2020 bid at the 154th BIE General Assembly in Paris. The UAE received 116 votes out of a total of 165.
Bringing together more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors, it will be one of the greatest shows on Earth.
“The flight is an important milestone for Dubai South and for Dubai’s aviation industry as a whole. It brings into operation a truly beautiful facility that sets new benchmarks in terms of luxurious ambiance and excellent service,” said Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC). More info