Big package goes to tender at Dubai airport

28 March 2003
The Department of Civil Aviation issued on 26 March the largest package to date on the Dubai International Airport expansion project. Known as AX 058, the estimated $350 million-400 million package covers the reinforced concrete structures for the second concourse, third terminal and car parking buildings. Prequalifiers have been given until 7 May to price the contract (MEED 24:1:03).

About 10 groups applied to prequalify for the package, which during prequalification was known as PQ 22. Prequalifiers are understood to include: the South African/local joint venture of Murray & Roberts Contractors(Middle East), with the local Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises; the local/UK Dutco Balfour Beatty; Al-Naboodah Laing, also local/UK; South Africa's Grinaker LTA, with the local Bu Haleeba Contracting; Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC); a four-strong group made up of the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct, Interbetonof the Netherlands, Arabian Construction Company (ACC)and Arab Technical Construction Company (Arabtec) - both local;and Kuwait's Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons.

The facilities will be constructed on three levels over a total area of 87,000 square metres. The lowest will be to a depth of 20 metres below ground level. About 2 million cubic metres of concrete will be used to construct the structures, which will take about two years to build.

The estimated $4,200 million DIA expansion will be carried out in seven major packages. The local Al-Naboodah Contractingis carrying out the first major package under an estimated AED 500 million ($136 million) contract awarded in mid-2002. Known as AX 056, the contract involves earthworks and piling for terminal 3, concourse 2 and a car park.

The consultants on the expansion programme are Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners)and France's Aeroports de Paris.

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