New Emirates Engineering Center, Dubai, UAE

Project Owner/Client : Emirates Airlines
Architects : Dar Al Handasah – adpi
Cost : US$ 353 million

Emirates Airlines as part of its expansion drive has placed orders for several Airbus A380 aircrafts, which are due to be delivered in 2006. The proposed facilities are being built to accommodate the wide-bodied jets.

Designed by Airport de Paris, the new facility is one of the largest civil aviation maintenance facilities in the world, encompassing 55 hectares and comprising eight aircraft hangars and one of the largest workshop facilities in the Middle East.

Supporting facilities such as power complex, workshops, gate house, offices, a training school, mosque and a multi-storey car park.

An infrastructural complex surrounding the hangars with 9 aircraft parking stands capable for A380 aircraft, an engine on wing to run up area and two taxiways connected to the airport. The project is located adjacent to the airport exhibition centre.

Project involves construction and installation of multi-aircraft docking system exclusively for Emirates Airlines. Currently, four new nose docks were erected including two of them for the World’s largest Aircraft A-380). Three docks were relocated from the old site to be installed at the current site in the same premises.

Specialist contractor, Excel Industrial Co. Ltd. was awarded the contract for the installation of seven nose docks and one main dock.

Summary of our Scope:

To carry out inspection of entire docking system, Spec Code AWS D1.1, that included inspection of all the nose docks (post- installation inspection). The inspection and testing was carried out on the main docking system under fabrication (in-progress inspection).

Compliance Reports were generated along with side notes and recommendations.