UAE's Dubai World Central Chairman, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, stated Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport is a "strategic" move for Dubai (Gulf News/KUNA/Zawya, 02-Jul-2010). The airport stated 17 airlines have signed up to operate at the new airport. Phase one of the 150sqkm development project for cargo operations was inaugurated on 01-Jul-2010.
Al Maktoum Airport a 'strategic move for Dubai', says chairman
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