Emirates to develop 5 towers in Dubai

Emirates Airline – one of the fastest-growing carriers in the world – has unveiled plans to build five new residential towers in the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) free zone, which will be used to house hundreds of the company's employees.The firm has expanded significantly in recent years and now has more than 62,000 staff across 50 business units around the world.Bosses at the airline confirmed the organisation was planning to create another 2,700 jobs this year and this has heightened the need for new facilities.Emirates has signed an agreement with the DSO – which is owned by the Dubai government – and work to construct the 25-storey skyscrapers will commence in the third quarter of 2013.The airline's executive vice president Ali Mubarak Al Soori said the firm was keen to build within the DSO because of its excellent facilities and infrastructure.Mr Al Soori added that the deal cements Emirates' strong relationship with the technology park.”We are keen to build upon the synergy we share with DSO and continue to look at developing residential towers that provide our cabin crew with an ideal housing environment,” he remarked.Once the buildings are up and running they should be able to accommodate 2,000 of the company's employees at any one time.There is no doubt that the huge success of Emirates has been a major factor behind the rise of Dubai International Airport.The facility was recently confirmed as the second-busiest on earth and aviation experts are widely tipping the airport to overthrow London's Heathrow at the top of the standings within the next few years.Emirates has also become a world leader when it comes to adopting double-decker A380 aeroplanes.These huge planes are revolutionising air travel and figures released in February showed that a staggering 14 million passengers have completed a journey on an Emirates A380.This is very impressive, as the company did not add the vessels to its fleet until August 2008. Taylor Scott International

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