Dubai, UAE – November 30, 2011 – As part of its ongoing celebrations marking the UAE’s 40th National Day on December 2, and as a tribute to the nation and its leaders, Dubai Airports today unveiled a historical photography exhibition at Dubai International.
The photo exhibition chronicles Dubai’s amazing journey over the decades – from a dusty village by the creek to the world famous metropolis that it has become today, and in parallel, the emirate’s rise as a global aviation hub. The exhibition offers glimpses of a success story that has been replicated across the seven Emirates of the UAE since they came together under one flag forty years ago.
Located in the corridor linking Concourse 1 and Concourse 2, the exhibition will be on display for a full year, recounting the story of Dubai’s and its phenomenal achievements in aviation to the millions of travellers passing through Dubai International.
HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Chairman of Dubai Airports, said, “What we are celebrating here today is not only a momentous occasion for the UAE but also a milestone that is testimony to the vision and success of our leaders in founding and building this great nation. It is also a tribute which celebrates the fact that the success and dramatic development of the UAE and aviation have always been intertwined. We are fortunate to be part of this country and to be led by such great leaders, and this exhibition is an expression of the pride and gratitude we feel so fervently.”
As much as it looks to the past, the exhibition also points to a bright and sustainable future. Accordingly, and as the result of the considerable contributions and support of long standing partner Air BP, it is entirely powered by solar power generated by a 21.6 KW capacity solar panel array atop the airport's Car Park B. The array consists of 92 panels of high efficiency photo-voltaic cells providing enough power to offset fully the energy consumed by the lighting and plasma displays in the exhibition. The installation has a lifespan of 25 years, and will continue to provide free, clean energy to Dubai Airport during its lifetime.
The historical exhibition is one of a series of events orchestrated by Dubai Airports to mark the UAE’s 40th Anniversary. Others included National Identity lectures to seniors and the airport community, postage stamp and currency exhibition, national and traditional portrait display, static display of His Highness Sheikh Zayed’s limousine and flying display of seven light aircraft adorned with portraits of the esteemed leaders of each Emirate flying in formation.