Dubai's new airport to open on Oct. 27

Updated 04 April 2013
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Dubai's new airport to open on Oct. 27

DUBAI: Dubai's new international airport, which started cargo operations in 2010, will open its long-delayed passenger terminal on Oct. 27 with two budget airlines launching services there, airport authorities said yesterday.
European low-cost carrier Wizz Air and Saudi Arabia's nasair will begin passenger operations into Dubai World Central, Dubai Airports said in a statement.
Dubai World Central is designed eventually to cater to 160 million passengers, which would make it the world's largest airport on completion. It is supposed ultimately to replace the emirate's current international airport, Dubai International - though this will not happen before next decade at the earliest.
Big airlines, including Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates, have not indicated any plans to move to the new facility, which was originally due to open for passenger traffic in March 2011.
Dubai is still pressing ahead with a $ 7.8-billion plan to expand Dubai International and opened a dedicated terminal there for Emirates Airbus A380s in January. Passenger flows through Dubai International jumped 13.2 percent last year to 57.68 million people.
Last month the airport became the world’s second busiest for international passenger traffic, moving ahead of Charles de Gaulle in Paris. London's Heathrow is the busiest.
FROM: REUTERS


Saudi Arabia and Spain’s Navantia plan combat management systems venture

Updated 18 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia and Spain’s Navantia plan combat management systems venture

  • The SANNI venture will integrate and adapt Navantia’s combat management systems for Saudi navy corvette ships

ABU DHABI: State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) signed an agreement on Monday with Spanish state-held shipbuilder Navantia to set up a joint venture to provide combat systems, the new partnership’s chief executive said on Monday.
The SANNI venture, the name of which stands for SAMI Navantia Naval Industries, will integrate and adapt Navantia’s combat management systems for Saudi navy corvette ships, said Antonio Barberan at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
SANNI is also in talks with other potential customers in the Middle East, he said.
SAMI owns 51 percent of SANNI, with Navantia holding the remaining 49 percent.
In November SAMI and Navantia signed an agreement to jointly manufacture five corvettes for the Saudi navy.