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September 21, 1996: FedEx to set up facility in Dubai Cargo Village

New facility will comprise an area of 192,000 square feet, the largest site at the Cargo Village and will become operational in 1997

Regi Cherian, Archivist
17:58 September 20, 2016
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Federal Express (FedEx) and Dubai Civil, Aviation signed the lease for FedEx’s new facility based in Dubai Cargo Village. The lease was signed on behalf of Dubai Civil Aviation by Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and on behalf of FedEx by Hamdi Osman, Managing Director for the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. FedEx’s new facility will comprise an area of 192,000 square feet, the largest site at the Cargo Village and will become operational in 1997. The development of FedEx’s Dubai facilities is in-line with the company’s commitment to developing Dubai into the hub for the Middle East region and one of its strategic global hubs. FedEx plans to have two intercontinental flights coming into Dubai, linking the region with other key hubs and achieving the company’s long term objective of linking any two points on the globe within 48 hours. The specially designed building is to be leased by FedEx and will be built by Dubai Civil Aviation at the north side of the terminal.1746 French forces conquer Madras, India, after a brief siege.

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1841 The London to Brighton railway line opens.

1860 Anglo-French troops defeat Chinese at Pa-Li-Chau.

1896 British force under Horatio Kitchener takes Dongola in the Sudan.

1898 Tzu-Hsi, dowager Empress of China, seizes power and revokes reforms.

1913 The Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria signs the Treaty of Constantinople following the end of the Second Balkan War.

1931 Britain goes off the gold standard.

1938 A hurricane strikes parts of New York and New England, killing more than 600 people.

1939 Romanian Prime Minister Armand Calinescu is assassinated by the Iron Guard.

1949 People’s Republic of China is proclaimed by its Communist leaders.

1964 Malta becomes independent state within British Commonwealth.

1972 Ferdinand Marcos proclaims martial law in the Philippines and jails thousands of opponents.

1979 Emperor Bokassa is deposed in an overnight coup in the Central African Empire.

1981 Belize gains its independence from Great Britain.

1982 Amin Gemayel is elected as president of Lebanon after his brother’s assassination.

1988 Coup leader Gen. San Maung is named Burma’s prime minister.

1992 The last power line to Bosnian capital Sarajevo is severed by shellfire.

1993 Russian President Boris Yeltsin dissolves parliament and calls for new elections.

1995 Pakistan expels 13 Afghan diplomats in retaliation to a deadly attack on its embassy in Islamabad.

1998 Sprint queen Florence Griffith-Joyner dies at the age of 38.

1999 Taiwan’s strongest quake in decades with a 7.6 magnitude kills more than 2,300 people.

2003 Nasa’s ageing Galileo spacecraft plunges into Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere.

2007 Floods hit nations across Africa, killing 200 people.

2008 South African President Thabo Mbeki resigns.

2011 The Iranian judiciary releases American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who was jailed for espionage and illegally crossing the border.

2013 Al Shabab, a well organised terror group, attacks an upmarket mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 67 people.

2014 Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates Ashraf Gani and Abdullah Abdullah sign a power share deal.

2015 Hind Abdul Aziz Al Owais becomes the first Emirati to be named senior adviser at the United Nations headquarters.