Four local companies have priced the Tabuk project, which includes construction of a two-storey terminal building, new arrival and departure lounges, a royal pavilion, a mosque and a clinic. It also calls for the construction of a bridge connecting the new terminal to the existing facility. The expansion will increase the airport’s total built-up area by 12,000 square metres to a total of 46,000 square metres.

Bids are also under evaluation for the construction supervision contract, for which the local Markaz al-Arabi is the low bidder. Saudi Consolidated Engineering Company (Khatib & Alami) has completed the masterplan and redesign.

Contractors have been invited to submit bids by 15 July for the expansion of Madin Saleh airport. The client, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), is planning to turn the existing facility into a major airport enabling tourists to visit the ancient Nabatean city. The project includes construction of a runway capable of handling Boeing 747s, aprons, airfield lighting systems and other airside infrastructure. Markaz is also low bidder for the construction supervision package. A local/Pakistani team of National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) and Zuhair Fayez Partnership (ZFP) Consultants is the consultant.

An award is expected by the end of August on the airport facilities upgrade package on the expansion of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. South Korea’s Samwhan Corporation submitted the original low bid of about SR 915 million ($245 million) in December (MEED 9:12:05).

Three other packages are out to bid on the estimated SR 5,625 million ($1,500 million) KAIA expansion. Contractors have been given until 22 July to submit bids for the design and build contract to upgrade existing terminal facilities at the airport. Consultants are preparing to submit bids by the revised closing date of 1 July for the five-year contract to provide project and construction management services for the expansion. Nine consortiums have also been invited to submit technical and commercial proposals by mid-August for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) concession covering the proposed expansion of the Hajj terminal (MEED 17:3:06).