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Dubai’s newest airport inundated with volunteers

Dubai Airports closes registration to volunteers wanting to test drive new facility

  • By Alexander Cornwell, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:41 September 16, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • Al Maktoum International Airport

Dubai’s newest airport, Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), has been inundated with responses to its advertisement calling for volunteers to test the airport.

Dubai Airport was seeking 1,000 public volunteers to assist in final trials at the airport located in DWC ahead of its opening to passenger traffic next month.

“We have had overwhelming support from volunteers and were oversubscribed within the first 48 hours. As a result we are now closed to further applications,” a Dubai Airports spokesperson said.

Dubai Airports advertisement appeared in yesterdays Gulf News calling on volunteers to register on their website however by 2pm the same day the details had been removed.

Registration was set to close on September 30 or “unless all spaces are filled earlier.”

The printed advertisement read: “to make sure everything is running perfectly, we are looking for volunteers to help our finals trials.”

Prior to details being removed the Dubai Airport website said passengers taking part in the “advanced passenger trial” will simulate the full operation of the passenger terminal and will feature scenarios from checking in for a flight to the immigration process.

Would-be participants were invited on the Dubai Airports website to be “part of history”

“Before we open the doors we want to be sure that every system and process is tested to ensure a flawless opening,” the website read.

The trial was only opened to UAE residents who are able to spend an “entire day” at the new airport.

The public trials will be held on October 12.

“In preparation for the advanced trials, Dubai Airports and other airport staff have been taking part in several basic trials, be it from boarding, safety, parking and or testing bussing routes. An advanced passenger trial using employees will take in early October as a dress rehearsal for the public trials,” the spokesperson said.

Dubai Airport has conducted several trials in recent months in the lead up to passenger flights commencing on October 27.

The Dubai Airports spokesperson said “every system, process, and piece of equipment in the new terminal” were tested in the recent trials.

“Since the start of August Dubai Airports has carried out basic trials that tested each of these elements in isolation. The trials have become increasingly complex, culminating in the advanced passenger trails on October 12, 2013 where the full passenger journey through the new terminal will be tested by representatives from the travelling public to evaluate how the various elements integrate with each other,” the spokesperson said. The spokesperson said that the advanced passenger trials to be hosted in October will take each volunteer “about five hours to complete.”

Other preparations in the lead up to the October date include staff orientation and training, the spokesperson said.

“The findings of the trials are aimed at highlighting areas for improvement before we open the doors to the public, ensuring a smooth opening,” the spokesperson said.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 16:59 September 17, 2013

    Best of luck with the new airport.

    Musthafa, Deira, India

  2. Added 15:01 September 17, 2013

    Best of Luck for the new airport :-) Let's hope that the roads flowing to / from the airport offer smooth entry and exit points and sufficient connectivity to other roads of Dubai.

    Jeny Michaels, SHJ, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:40 September 17, 2013

    As a person working on airfield lighting in Dubai I congratulate Dubai for the opening of this Mega airport all the Best Dubai all the best UAE.

    Wosim Tahan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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