Dubai is one of the biggest aviation hubs in the world, and plays home to Dubai International Airport – the busiest airport in the world. In an attempt to solidify Dubai’s spot as the aviation capital, the first flight has taken off from the newly built 7-star VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South’s Aviation District.

A private Embraer Legacy jet carrying 13 people took to the skies this week, heading to The Maldives, with the launch marking the opening of the world’s first and only 7-star facility dedicated to private flying.

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Inside an Embraer Legacy private jet.

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The 5,600 sqm VIP Terminal will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will cater specifically to private business and government VIP travellers.

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Inside you’ll find the finest luxury interiors, with a design that seeks to evoke an atmosphere of the utmost elegance and affluence.

A number of Fixed Base Operators – commercial businesses granted the right by an airport to provide aeronautical services – have been granted accommodation by the VIP Terminal. Each will have its own dedicated lounge facilities and specialised services for their guests.

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Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South seeks to be the world’s largest airport in the next 10 years. Quite a feat if they’re looking to beat Dubai International Airport’s footfall of 78 million people in 2015. As far as Dubai South goes, it’s an upcoming 145 sqkm section of the city, and will play host to the World Expo 2020.

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Map of Dubai South.

The Expo is expected to attract 25 million visitors from over 180 nations (plenty of which will be rich and famous), and the brand new VIP Terminal will serve as the perfect place for the world’s elite to park their planes.

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The launch of the VIP Terminal at Dubai South Aviation City comes only a few months after the announced of Dubai International Airport’s Dhs3.35 billion Concourse D expansion – a new area soon to open at Terminal one, servicing over 70 airlines and increasing the airport’s capacity to a whopping 90 million passengers annually.


Photos: Embraer Legacy Jets/Dubai South