Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) has invited interest for an international architectural design competition for the new air traffic control tower at Al-Maktoum International airport (AMIA).

The competition is in line with the masterplan development of AMIA and Dubai South.

“We seek to encourage the creation, evolution and development of a world-class iconic air traffic control tower, which will stand as a global landmark…” the project summary brief, which has been obtained by MEED, states.

It is understood the largest engineering design firms have been invited to express their interest in participating in the design competition.

The scope of work for the selected consultant would include developing “a visually prominent structure… complying with stringent traffic control requirements”. The design is also expected to adopt the latest technologies in order to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The scope further includes design services associated with the architecture, structure, and mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) services together with the tender preparation and site supervision.

The scope does not include the design of Navaids but the consultants are requested to make provision for the coordination with the Navaids specialist designer “as required”.

Consultancies are expected to express their interest by October, a source familiar with the the contract tells MEED.

The $33bn expansion of AMIA will be delivered in two phases.

The air traffic control tower is part of the first phase of the expansion, to be completed in 2025. The other facilities to be built in phase 1a include:

  • West Terminal building, car park and public road links
  • One satellite concourse
  • Three parallel code F runways
  • Cargo terminal

Upon the completion of the final phase in 2045, the airport will feature:

  • Five parallel code F runways
  • Two terminals (east and west)
  • Four satellite concourses featuring an innovative triple-plus layout encompassing three nodes. Each concourse is envisaged to have 100 contact stands to cater for 65 million passengers. This would bring total airport capacity to 225 million passengers a year
  • Cargo facility (south)