The extension comprises new arrival and departure areas, an expanded duty-free area, a 5,000-square-metre check-in area, a new baggage reclaim area of similar size, six new air bridges, three new gates, a new concourse and a 150-vehicle car park in the arrivals area. Renovation work will include overhauling all airport systems, air-conditioning units and immigration and police counters.

The contract is expected to be awarded by mid-December with work scheduled for completion in late 2006. Bahrain-based Projacs Internationalis the project manager. Australia’s GHD, which completed the designs, is the consultant. The client is Sharjah Civil Aviation Authority (MEED 20:8:04).