Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International airport officially began operations on June 27 after the new airport passed a series of operational tests conducted during its first ‘live’ flight. An Emirates SkyCargo B777 freighter operating Hong Kong-Dubai touched down in the afternoon amid cheers from an enthusiastic stakeholders and dignitaries on hand to observe the historic occasion. Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â said HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Dubai Airports. Phase 1 of the airport will feature one A380-capable runway, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with annual capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo and a passenger terminal building designed to accommodate five million passengers per year. The facility will initially open for cargo carriers, with passenger operations slated to start next March.