Dubai Airports has announced it will conduct an extensive runway enhancement project at Dubai International during an 80 day period commencing May 1st, 2014.
To safeguard service levels while the work is taking place, scheduled passenger flights at its hub airport will be reduced and all freighter, charter and general aviation flights will be diverted to Dubai World Central.
The northern runway is nearing the end of its design life and requires resurfacing and other modifications to accommodate future traffic.
At the same time there is a requirement to upgrade runway lighting and construct new taxiways on the southern runway to boost capacity.
The runway rehabilitation project will involve the placement of 180,000 tonnes of asphalt on the northern runway, 65,000 tonnes of asphalt and 70,000 cubic metres of concrete on the southern runway and taxiways as well as the installation of 3,000 runway lights.
Runway resurfacing is a common occurrence with airports around the world, however, as Dubai International offers airlines a 24/7 operation, runway closures are more complex and must be meticulously planned.