The next phase in the scheme will be the appointment of a design consultant. NACO of the Netherlandshas drawn up the feasibility studies and masterplan for the airport’s upgrade, which includes the construction of a new control tower and the conversion of the existing taxiway into an emergency runway. Total project costs are estimated at BD 60 million ($158 million).

Five contractors, including Saudi Binladen Groupand the local Ahmed Mansoor Al-A’Aliare competing for the contract to carry out the runway package, which is valued at $21 million. BIA expects to make an award by the fourth quarter. The consultant is the UK-based Jacobs Gibb (MEED 12:7:02, Cover Story).