Dubai South adds new complex for aviation, aerospace suppliers – The National

Tahnoon Saif , Vice President of Aviation at Dubai South says the zone seeks to expand to meet growth of manufacturing and maintenance operations. Pawan Singh/The National

Dubai South, which includes Al Maktoum International Airport, plans to expand its “landside” free zone for aviation and aerospace supply chain operations, with a new complex targeting businesses in the global maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sector.

“We are investing heavily in landside facilities to support operators on the air side,” Tahoon Saif, vice-president of aviation at Dubai South, said in an interview with The National. “This new SME facility will be a new model for the region – a vertical building that utilises land efficiently by building the workshops vertically, so the whole building interior will be like elevators, with workshops to cater to small maintenance and manufacturing.”

Under plans unveiled at Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, a new building will be constructed within the Suppliers Complex – part of Dubai South’s Aerospace Supply Chain strategy – to accommodate businesses in the global MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) sector. Two existing buildings in the supply chain zone are already home to Lufthansa Technik, GE Aviation and AAI (Advance Aerospace Industry), Dubai South said.

The new MRO building unveiled on Tuesday will target small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the sector, with a new, vertically-constructed building comprising 12,000 square metres of office and workshop space set to break ground in 2018.

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“Having MROs on the land side makes it easier for operators to conduct their operation services, fix aircraft engines and so on and then send it quickly back to the nearby airport,” said Mr Saif.

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