ABU DHABI, Apr. 23rd, 2009: Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today paid an inspection visit to the new Emirates Group's headquarters which houses the offices of Emirates Airline, Fly Dubai and Dnata in one state-of-the-art building Accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman & CEO, Emirates Group, Sheikh Mohammed started his tour with viewing the onboard electronic procedures which take only few minutes.He then toured different sections of the building and the offices of Fly Dubai, Dnata and Emirates Airline, the sports club, personnel department which serves the Group's 40000 plus employees. He also paid visits to the families of some personnel. CEO of Fly Dubai presented Sheikh Mohammed with a model of 800-373, the first aircraft delivered to the new company. Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed on preparations being made for the launch of the first flight by Fly Dubai's next June. Sheikh Mohammed also witnessed a first-aid drill for the crew of the aircraft. On a giant screen, Sheikh Mohammed viewed a grid of Emirates' operations and flights to destinations worldwide. Sheikh Mohammed expressed satisfaction at the quality of the new building. The Group's headquarters is located on Airport Road, opposite the present Emirates Engineering Centre, and connected to Dubai International Airport via a tunnel. While leaving the building, Sheikh Mohammed congratulated Sheikh Ahmed and the Group's team for the ongoing progress being made. He stressed that Emirates Airline will always carry a message of peace from the UAE people to other peoples of the world. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed expressed thanks to Sheikh Mohammed for today's visit and his continuous follow-up and generous patronage of Emirates Group. The visit, he said, encourages us to further go on the way to more growth and prosperity for our country.
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