The new Concourse D of Dubai International Airport will open on February 24, 2016 following a successful public trial on February 6.
The new concourse will raise the airport’s overall capacity from 75 million to 90 million.
It will also have premium facilities. Lufthansa recently sent out an invitation for the opening of its new senator and business class lounges on March 3.
In all there are nine lounges spread over 6,926sqm, including five airline lounges, a new Al Majlis lounge, two Dubai International Hotel lounges and a Marhaba VIP lounge.
Executive vice chairman of Dubai Duty Free Colm McLoughlin says its retail space covers 7,000sqm and is well positioned in terms of easy access to gates and F&B outlets. “The bright and spacious design will really add to the shopping experience and we have included a number of new brands including Burberry, Tiffany and Tory Birch to name a few,” he said.
Food and beverage outlets include a casual dining concept from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, the first Pret a Manger in a Middle East airport, the region’s first Camden Food Company outlet and a CNN News Café, as well as a Caviar House & Prunier seafood bar.
Concourse C, previously for international carriers, will be refurbished this year and become exclusive to Emirates.