Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has awarded the local Alec the contract to expand the passenger terminal building at Al-Maktoum International airport, Dubai’s second airport.

 Al-Maktoum International airport

Al-Maktoum International airport

Al-Maktoum International airport

The deal calls for the expansion of the airport’s built-up area from the existing 66,107 square metres to 145,926 sq m by June 2017. Upon completion, the expanded airport will feature:

  • 90 economy and
  • 10 business-class check-in counters,
  • six e-gates,
  • several self-service check-in kiosks,
  • 24 boarding lounges, and
  • 20 passport control counters in the departure area.

The arrival area will feature 40 passport control counters, 15 e-gates and seven baggage delivery carousels, among others.

Subsequent expansions are expected to bring the airport’s annual passenger-handling capacity to 26.5 million by 2025, according to DAEP.

A much larger expansion of the airport, with a budget estimated at $33bn, is being planned. This expansion will result in Al-Maktoum International becoming the world’s largest by 2025, with a capacity to handle 130 million passengers annually. Subsequent phases of the project are expected to bring total capacity to more than 220 million passengers by 2050.

 Al-Maktoum International airport

Al-Maktoum International airport

Al-Maktoum International airport

The planned construction work includes the new terminal building, six nodes or concourses connected to the terminal by people-movers, and new runways.

DAEP received bids for the enabling works contract for the mega expansion projects on 21 March. It has also received offers from consultancies for the design of the terminal building and other landside structures.

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It is the biggest airport project in the world and the largest upcoming construction scheme in Dubai. With a price tag of $33bn, the expansion of Al-Maktoum International dwarfs the $9bn of investment that has been earmarked for the 2020 Expo.

The level of investment required reflects the importance of the project to Dubai’s economic future. Other cities, notably Istanbul, are building a new breed of superhub airports that will have the capacity to handle more than 100 million passengers a year, and if Dubai does not develop quickly, there is a danger it will be left behind. Read more