Bidders for the contract are understood to be the US-based Bechtel, Aeroports de Paris, COWIof Denmark, and a group made up of NACOof the Netherlands, the US’ CH2M Hilland DHV International (UK).

The first assignment for the selected bidder will involve the preparation of a masterplan, which is expected to take three-four months. The new airport will have capacity to handle 12 million passengers a year and 500,000 tonnes a year of cargo. It will also include maintenance hangars and support facilities and house the Emiri flight.