Six international consortiumshave been shortlisted to bid for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract to upgrade and expand Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) near Amman. The scheme involves the upgrade and operation of the existing terminal building and the construction of a new terminal building, covering 90,000 square metres. The UK’s Fosters & Partners is the design consultant (MEED 6:10:06). The Transport Ministry plans to open a data room by mid-October and a request for proposals (RFP) is due to be issued by the end of October. Technical and commercial proposals are due to be submitted by early December and an award is expected to be made by early 2007. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s investment arm, has been appointed as the government’s lead adviser on the deal. The ministry and the Executive Privatisation Commission (EPC) are the clients.