Work on Abu Dhabi’s Midfield Terminal to start this year


By Haseeb Haider

ABU DHABI — Abu Dhabi has awarded a Dh10.8 billion contract to construct the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport to a joint venture consortium.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company, or ADAC, has signed the contract for the major infrastructure project with the consortium comprising Turkey’s TAV, Greece’s CCC and Dubai-based Arabtec Holding.

On May 6, the airport company named the consortium as preferred bidders for the project.

The project, which will be operational in 2017, will cater to the new passenger handling capacity at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, which has grown 19.7 per cent over the last five years since Etihad Airways started its growth journey.

Construction of the 700,000 square metres terminal building will commence in the third quarter of this year. The project will include two key phases: the four-year construction phase, followed by the operational readiness assessment phase (ORAT), where during a nine-month period thorough tests of all aspects of the terminal will take place to ensure operational and efficiency readiness from the first day of operation.

The ADAC is playing a key strategic and operational role in ensuring that Abu Dhabi’s integrated infrastructure system across air, rail, road and sea, has sufficient capacity to cater to the increasing numbers of travellers expected as part of the emirate’s long-term economic and tourism strategies.

On this announcement, chairman of ADAC, Ali Majed Al Mansoori, said his 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.”

Designed by lead designer Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) together with Ove Arup, NACO and BNP Associates, the design focused extensively on passenger experience, and meets the highest quality and service standards. More info