Dubai awards more Al-Maktoum airport construction work

14 April 2016

Airport expansion is Dubai’s largest project

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has awarded the local Al-Naboodah Contracting the estimated AED275m ($75m) contract to complete the external works for the passenger terminal building expansion project at Al-Maktoum International airport, Dubai’s second airport.

The contract is understood to include increasing the parking spaces available and other associated services connected to the building.

In March, DAEP awarded the local Alec the contract to expand the passenger terminal building at Al-Maktoum International airport, Dubai’s second airport.

That contract involves expanding the airport’s built-up area from the existing 66,107 square metres to 145,926 sq m by June 2017. Upon completion, the expanded airport will feature:

  • 90 economy
  • 10 business-class check-in counters
  • six e-gates
  • several self-service check-in kiosks
  • 24 boarding lounges
  • 20 passport control counters in the departure area

The arrival area will feature 40 passport control counters, 15 e-gates and seven baggage delivery carousels, among others.

Subsequent expansions are expected to bring the airport’s annual passenger-handling capacity to 26.5 million by 2025, according to DAEP.

A much larger expansion of the airport, with a budget estimated at $33bn, is being planned. This expansion will result in Al-Maktoum International becoming the world’s largest by 2025, with a capacity to handle 130 million passengers annually. Subsequent phases of the project are expected to bring total capacity to more than 220 million passengers by 2050.

The planned construction work includes the new terminal building, six nodes or concourses connected to the terminal by people-movers, and new runways.

DAEP received bids for the enabling works contract for the mega expansion projects on 21 March. It has also received offers from consultancies for the design of the terminal building and other landside structures.

Dubai projects market returns to positive growth

 Dubai Projects Market 2011-16

Dubai Projects Market 2011-16

Dubai’s projects market is back with positive growth after recording its second-best performing quarter since 2008 in the first quarter of this year. The emirate saw $6.6bn of new contract awards made in the period.

The best total since 2008 was in the first quarter of 2014, shortly after Dubai won the rights to host the 2020 World Expo, when there were $8.7bn of new deals let. The all-time record was achieved in the fourth quarter of 2006, when there was $9.3bn of new contract awards. Read more first quarter contract awards.

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