Dubai Airports is to carry out a major refurbishment Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport in the first quarter of 2013.
Airport management says that the new facility will provide passengers with “a vastly improved travelling experience” and a better passenger flow by eliminating queuing and reducing the time it takes passengers to move from the forecourt departures.
The refurbishment will also involve more efficient and streamlined baggage screening in the departures hall, the replacement of all check-in desks, an upgrade of the baggage systems and the modernisation of all public areas.
The entire upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of next year and as well as improved signage it will also include a reconfigured and expanded arrivals hall. The arrivals immigration hall is also being refurbished to improve passenger flow and reduce processing times for arriving passengers.
Once the refurbishment of Terminal 1 is complete, it will be linked via a new elevated train system to Concourse D, which is currently under construction. Concourse D will become the new home of the more than 100 airlines that fly to and from Dubai International when it opens in 2015.
“Dubai Airports is continually striving to enhance the service we offer all our passengers while expanding our facilities to meet the growing number of passengers passing through the airport.
“In addition to significantly increasing our capacity, the upgrade of Terminal 1 together with the construction of Concourse D will offer our passengers a more inviting and comfortable environment in line with the newer facilities across the terminals at Dubai International,” says Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.