The new centre will sit on 55 hectares just north of Dubai International Airport. Its eight hangars will form the largest free-spanned structures in the Middle East, with roofs supported by 110-metre-long single spans, the airline said. The airline’s current engineering centre has only three smaller hangars.

Emirates’ existing fleet of 74 aircraft as well as the additional 99 aircraft presently on order, including 45 Airbus A380-800 super-jumbos, 29 Boeing 777-300ERs and 20 Airbus 340-600s, will be serviced at the facility. Some third-party maintenance will also be carried out there.

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The huge new centre is required to accommodate an anticipated growth in Emirates’ fleet, which is expected to double over the next seven years.