Al Maktoum International Airport (IATA: DWC, ICAO: OMJA) is a major new airport currently under construction in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Previous working names have included “Jebel Ali International Airport,” “Jebel Ali Airport City” and “Dubai World Central International Airport”. It will be officially known as Al Maktoum International Airport. It has been named after the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai. It will be the main part of Dubai World Central, a planned residential, commercial and logistics complex scheme. World Central is the world’s first truly integrated logistics platform, with most transport modes, logistics and value added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single bonded and Free Zone environment.
The construction is delayed and it is expected that the first flight will take off in June 2010 instead of 2009.
The A-380 enabled 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) runway was completed within its projected 600 day construction period and will undergo strenuous tests and trials over the next six to eight months in order to fulfil its CAT III-C requirements.
Meanwhile, construction of the airport’s approximately US$75 million cargo terminal is 50% complete. The first phase of the project will see the terminal initially handle 700,000 tonnes per annum. By 2013 it is expected to become the largest of its kind in the world, handling more than 12 million tonnes of cargo annually.
The project is expected to be fully built-out and operational by 2017. The 2009 financial crisis may postpone the completion of the complex with 5 years to 2022.