Abu Dhabi airport terminal contract signed for US$2.9 billion

003-large_highresMTB, Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new terminal, has been scheduled to open in 2017. (Image source: ADAC)Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has signed a contract worth AED 10.8 billion (US$2.9 billion) with a joint venture consisting of TAV, CCC, and Arabtec to build the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Construction of the 700,000 square metre terminal building, which has been scheduled to open in 2017, will start in Q3 of this year.

The terminal will be built primarily in two stages, which will involve a four-year construction phase, followed by a nine-month Operational Readiness Assessment phase.

ADAC chairman HE Ali Majed Al Mansoori said, “Leading and supervising the delivery of this mega-infrastructure, while managing one of the fastest growing airports in the world, is a defining responsibility for the team.

“ADAC 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 Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), in association with Ove Arup, NACO and BNP Associates, MTB will feature a baggage system designed to handle more than 19,000 bags per hour and will be able to accommodate up to 65 aircraft including the Airbus A-380.

According to ADAC, the construction of the terminal will require more than 680,000 cubic metres of concrete, approximately 69,000 tonnes of steel and close to 500,000 square meters of steel and glass cladding.

MTB, which has been designed to achieve a minimum Two Pearl Rating in accordance with the emirate’s Estidama sustainable building design scheme, will also feature 27,500 square metres of airline hospitality lounges, as well as a transit hotel and cultural museum.

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