UAEDubai-based Emirateshas extended the deadline to 13 October for submission of bids for the main package on the proposed new hangar project at Dubai International Airport (DIA). Fourteen local and international companies are prequalified to price the estimated AED 350 million ($95 million) contract. The main package calls for the construction of: eight hangars for light and heavy maintenance over a total area of about 27,700 square metres; a 12,000-square-metre workshop and central plant building; two taxiways; offices; a power complex; an aircraft washing bay; a gatehouse; and a 73,000-square-metre car park building. In addition to the main works contract, several specialist packages will be tendered on the project, known as the Emirates New Engineering Centre (ENEC).

A team of Turkey’s TEPE Akfin and India’s Punj Lloydwas awarded in late August an AED 86 million ($23 million) contract for the first specialist package – structural steel. The other specialist packages include hangar doors, chilled water production facilities, generating sets, pre-cast concrete for car parking, landside buildings and craning bridges. The estimated AED 1,000 million ($272 million) ENEC facility will be built at a site next to the airport exhibition centre. France’s Aeroports de Paris (AdP)is acting as project manager and overall design and lead consultant. The UK’s Fraser Nag & Partnershipis assisting AdP on the project (MEED 29:8:03; 1:8:03; 13:6:03).