Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and the joint venture (JV) of TAV, CCC, and Arabtec signed an AED 10.8 billion (US$ 2.95 billion) contract for the construction of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with opening planned in 2017.
Construction of the 700,000m2 terminal building, one of the world-class infrastructure projects being undertaken in the capital, will commence in the third quarter of this year.
The project will include two key phases: the 4 year construction phase, followed by the Operational Readiness Assessment phase (ORAT), where during a 9 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.
Following extensive and ongoing development of the existing airport facilities, the Midfield Terminal Building is the cornerstone of ADAC's vision to become the world's leading airport group, delivering highest quality services and infrastructure to serve Abu Dhabi and the world. 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 travelers expected as part of the Emirate's long-term economic and tourism strategies.
During the construction process, the area immediately surrounding the MTB is also being 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 Abu Dhabi/Dubai highway, and utility plants. Procurement for these projects is currently underway to ensure delivery in phases between 2014 and 2016.
The MTB is designed to achieve a minimum Two Pearl Rating, following the Urban Planning Council's Estidama approach towards sustainable design. 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.
Passenger facilities and duty-free retail will include high-end commercial offerings across more than 18,000 square meters, including internationally renowned luxury goods and designer outlets, and almost 10,000 square meters of international restaurants and cafes, offering a wide range of styles and cuisines. Passenger facilities will also include over 27,500 square meters of airline hospitality lounges, a transit hotel and a heritage and culture museum.
Operational highlights include:
- Piers will accommodate up to 65 aircraft, including the Airbus A-380
- Check-in is capable of handling around 8,500 passengers per hour
- Check-in will provide 165 conventional counters and 48 self-service kiosks
- Baggage system is designed to process over 19,000 bags per hour with over 22 kilometers of conveying lines and 10 reclaim carousels
- 136 security screening lanes for passengers, with a further 25 for staff
The building will be constructed using approximately 69,000 tons of steel, more than 680,000 cubic meters of concrete, and nearly 500,000 square meters of steel and glass cladding, 135,000 tons of rebar, 360,000 square meters of suspended ceilings and 325,000 square meters of natural stone flooring.