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Plans Agreed For Abu Dhabi Mega Terminal

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

04 July 2012

The Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has announced that it has signed a AED10.8bn (USD2.9bn) contract for the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Construction of the 700,000 square metre terminal building, one of the world-class infrastructure projects being undertaken in the capital, will commence in the third quarter of this year and is expected to be opened to passengers in 2017. The project will include two key phases: a four-year construction phase, followed by nine months of Operational Readiness Assessments.

Designed by lead designer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) together with Ove Arup, NACO and BNP Associates, the build focuses in particular on enhancing passenger experience, and meets the highest quality and service standards, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA) level of service ‘A’ - the highest levels of space allocation for passenger processing areas.

The MTB has also been designed to ensure sustainability. The project will minimize its impact on the environment, making use of innovative and cutting edge design elements, such as high performance angled glass to reduce heat and increase air-conditioning efficiencies.

Some 18,000 square meters has been allocated to duty-free retail outlets with a further 10,000 square meters for restaurants and cafes. Passenger facilities will also span 27,500 square meters, comprising of airline hospitality lounges, a transit hotel and a heritage and culture museum.

When completed, the terminal will have the capacity to accommodate up to 65 aircraft, including the Airbus A-380. Check-in facilities will be able to process 8,500 passengers, and 19,000 bags per hour, via 165 conventional counters and 48 self-service kiosks. Some 161 security screening lanes will be placed in the terminal, for passenger and staff checks.

During the construction process, the area immediately surrounding the MTB is also to be developed to ensure the required infrastructure and facilities are available to support the operation of the MTB in 2017. These include the aircraft parking stands, terminal roadways, connecting roads to the Abu Dhabi/Dubai highway, and utility plants. Procurement for these projects is currently underway to ensure delivery in phases between 2014 and 2016.

Welcoming the successful negotiation of the contract, the ADAC said the MTB is to play a key role in the company's vision to become the world's leading airport group. ADAC is also playing a key role in developing Abu Dhabi's infrastructure, including across air, rail, road and sea, to ensure the airport will have the sufficient capacity to cater for the increasing numbers of travellers expected to Abu Dhabi as part of the Emirate's long-term economic and tourism strategies.

Chairman of ADAC, Ali Majed Al Mansoori, said: "Abu Dhabi Airports Company is looking ahead to an exciting five years of growth focusing on increasing traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport and on expanding the airport’s infrastructure to support this growth. Leading and supervising the delivery of this mega-infrastructure, whilst managing one of the fastest growing airports in the world, is a defining responsibility for the team, a responsibility central to ADAC’s commitment to provide the best for Abu Dhabi, travellers and airlines.”

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