Al Maktoum International Airport Receives First Flight

Dubai: The first test cargo flight from what will be the world's largest airport landed on Sunday at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International airport, giving the green light for operations to begin next Sunday. Emirates Flight EK9883, a Boeing 777 freighter operating Hong Kong-Dubai and piloted by Captain Ahmad Bin Huzaim and First Officer Nabil Yousuf Ahmad Mohammad Rai Al Boom, touched down on Sunday afternoon as officials looked on. "This is an important milestone, not only for the airport's certification process, but as another step towards achieving Dubai's vision to become the pre-eminent centre for aviation worldwide," said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports. The airport is part of a $33 billion Dubai World Central (DWC) project that will take Dubai's reputation for a transport hub to a whole different level.