The client is the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), which unveiled in November 2001 a $2,500 million scheme for the expansion of Dubai International Airport. Of this, $500 million will be invested in building the new cargo terminal. The development will be carried out in phases until 2018, when the capacity of DCV will reach 3 million tonnes a year. The consultant on the cargo village expansion is France’s Aeroports de Paris with Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners).

Total cargo handled by DCV for the first nine months of 2003 reached 679,455 tonnes (MEED 6:11:02; Cover Story).