Dubai South VIP Terminal officially opens

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The world’s first seven-star VIP airport terminal has been inaugurated at Dubai South’s Aviation District, with government officials and dignitaries in attendance.

Its first official flight was an Embraer Legacy aircraft carrying 13 passengers, and handled by JetEx – one of its three FBOs, along with Falcon Aviation and Jet Aviation – which flew to the Maldives on Sunday, a statement said.

Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the 5,600m² terminal is the largest purpose-built facility of its kind in the world, catering specifically to private, business and government VIP travelers. It features dedicated customs, immigration and police services, as well as separate drop-off and lounge areas. Shops inside offer goods worthy of a wealthy VIP, including paintings, sculptures, cars, watches and property.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said, “With the opening of the world’s largest facility for private aviation, Dubai South has raised the bar on luxury travel, redefining the passenger experience.

“A significant milestone for Dubai South and for the aviation industry as a whole, the opening of the VIP Terminal will cement our position in the world of private aviation, bringing us a step closer to becoming the region’s premier aerospace hub.”

Adel Mardini, CEO and president of JetEx, added, “We are proud to partner with Dubai South and be the first FBO to open at the new VIP Terminal. We handled our first flight at this new terminal and we are grateful to everyone at Dubai South for making this happen. We look forward to a future of continued collaboration with Dubai South for delivering a new experience to our customers and we are confident that the new VIP Terminal will bring added value to general aviation not only in Dubai but across the GCC.”

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