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Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport to undergo revamp
A major reconstruction project will begin at the Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport in the UAE by the first quarter of 2013.
The refurbishment project is aimed at offering passengers an improved travelling experience. It will include more efficient and streamlined baggage screening in the departures hall, the replacement of all check-in desks, upgrade of baggage systems and the modernisation of all public areas.
The new baggage screening process will improve passenger flow by eliminating a queuing point, which will reduce the time taken for passengers to move from the forecourt in Terminal 1 to the departure gates. The additional space created by streamlined baggage process will be used to transform the departures hall into a more spacious and welcoming environment. Upgraded wayfinding signage will also be added to provide a more easily accessible building for the travelling public.
The refurbishment programme also includes the reconfigured and expanded arrivals hall, featuring a fully air-conditioned space with new food and retail outlets. The arrivals immigration hall is being refurbished to improve passenger flow and reduce processing times for arriving passengers. The adjoining arrivals forecourt will be reconfigured to improve traffic flow and create a safer pedestrian environment for all passengers leaving the Terminal 1 arrivals hall.
Post completion, the Terminal 1 will be linked via a new elevated train system to Concourse D, which is currently under construction. Concourse D will serve more than 100 airlines that fly to and from Dubai International when it opens in 2015.
The upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
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