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Dubai is the modern global crossroads. To prove that, here are some outstanding numbers: Dubai International Airport is the busiest in the world for international passenger rankings, having hosted over 77 million passengers in 2015. And waiting in the wings, a mere 37 km away, the recently opened (and still expanding) Al Maktoum International Airport expects to handle 160 million passengers annually upon its completion in 2027.
Therefore, in airports as busy as Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), it’s good to have a place to call home. Operating in Dubai for over 15 years, ExecuJet has been the pioneers of general aviation in the city that’s global, glitzy and growing like mad. The ExecuJet FBO and passenger facilities at both airports provide clients using our services for charter or aircraft management with an oasis of calm and a chance to recharge. Whether you have just landed and are headed to one of the many conferences happening year-round (43 will be hosted this December 2016 alone), or have finished a series of client meetings at one of the many companies headquartered in the city, you can expect ExecuJet to provide the perfect base for your visit to this city of superlatives, a true gem of the Middle East.
Like Dubai itself, ExecuJet has experienced extensive growth in the Middle East over the past few years. To accommodate this expansion, Ettore Poggi was recently appointed to the new role of Group FBO Director (based in Dubai), overseeing the development of ExecuJet FBOs across the globe. Today, as MEBAA 2016 approaches, ExecuJet has full presence at Dubai International with two hangars and an FBO. As ExecuJet designs the concept for a new standalone facility at the new Al Maktoum International Airport, ExecuJet currently operates an interim facility at Al Maktoum International Airport, while in the throes of finalising the design for the new FBO facility.
City of Growth and Contrast
For centuries Dubai has been a hub for trade and commerce in the region, but its more recent economic evolution is what gives it its modern character. With humble origins as a 19th century fishing village, it became the centre of global pearl exports by the 1930s, only to lose its economic base when the Great Depression hit and the innovation of cultured pearls arrived. It was slow to regain vitality until 1966 when oil was found in the emirate. From then on, the city has experienced a steady trajectory of growth.
If you have the time, explore this dynamic city on the Persian Gulf. Take stock of the Dubai Creek, the river that has sustained life in the region for generations. It was the liquid backbone of trade and business for centuries, and still forms the essential geography of the city. Marvel at the intersection of hyper-modern construction where the stakes for world records are set and reset with every building endeavour against the traditional and anachronistic architecture of Old Town Dubai. Get lost in the consumer experience – dubbed the “shopping capital of the world”. Chances are if you can think of it, you can find it. From high-end luxury shopping to wandering dimly lit and treasure-packed souks, there are experiences for every taste.
In so many ways, Dubai is what you make it. Without a doubt you can relax and revel in luxury and style, while also challenging your senses with global cuisine, regional history and stunning terrain. Next time you find yourself recharging at the oasis of the ExecuJet guest facilities at Dubai International Airport or Al Maktoum International Aiport, consider taking a little extra time to see what this modern crossroads is all about.