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Dubai airport to be featured on National Geographic

Series about the day-to-day working of the airport to be broadcast

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 16:05 September 27, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • Departures and Duty Free at Dubai Airport's Terminal 3.

Dubai: National Geographic Channels International will air a 10-part documentary series on Dubai International airport in 2013, according to Dubai Airports, the body managing the airport.

The channel, in conjunction with production company Arrow Media, has commissioned a 10-part documentary series about the day-to-day working of the airport, to be broadcast to over 440 million households in 171 countries, the airport body said in a statement on Thursday, adding that the filming kicked off on September 24.

It added that titled “Dubai: Ultimate Airport”, the series will follow the daily operation of the world’s fourth busiest airport for international passenger traffic and will involve staff across Dubai’s aviation community including Emirates airline, dnata, Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Customs, Dubai Immigration, Dubai Police and Dubai Airports.

Having endorsed the project, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman, Dubai Airports Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline & Group, said it was a great opportunity for the entire Dubai aviation community.

“We have an amazing story to tell. The tremendous spirit of cooperation that occurs across the aviation enterprise in our day-to-day interactions with our customers and each other is what sets us apart. Almost half a billion people across the globe will have the opportunity to witness that teamwork,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the 10 hour-long series would mainly focus on the frontline aspects of the airport’s operations, according to Dubai Airports.

“National Geographic Channel is always at the forefront of providing viewers exclusive access to extraordinary places around the globe, and

Commenting on the series, Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content for National Geographic Channels International, said that the series combines great stories of cutting-edge engineering, technology and architecture, with an international cast of characters who deal every day with the pressures of running a very large, dynamic airport.

“What makes Dubai International particularly intriguing is that it is at the crossroads linking east and west. That gives it a unique cultural diversity,” added John Smithson, Creative Director at Arrow Media.

Dubai International handles over 50 million passengers per year and 6,000 weekly flights and the documentary would deal with the technological and engineering challenges that will lead to Dubai having the biggest international airport in the world.

Comments (1)

  1. Added 16:11 September 28, 2012

    Its really a great gesture of National Geographic Channel and the authorities of Dubai; They have really built masterpieces in just span of 20 years. Its an honor to be part and to be resident of this country. I would extend national geographic channel not only focus on infrastructure but also day to day life of how government and expats make this whole country work and show how development of country UAE happened.

    Rumman, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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