Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is set to tender a contact to build the first phase of staff accommodation buildings at Dubai Logistics City (DLC).

DCA expects to issue tender documents by mid-July for the contract to construct 30 buildings and associated facilities.

The project, which is located at Dubai World Central (DWC) next to the new Al-Maktoum International airport, involves the construction of senior, junior and labour accommodation facilities.

The four senior accommodation buildings will be four-storeys high with two separate wings on each building. Each of the bedrooms will have an attached toilet, and each building will contain a dining hall. The junior and labour buildings will be similar in scope, but will have common bathroom areas.

The work will involve construction of the buildings and all of the required electrical work and plumbing.

The project will also involve the construction of a mosque and a clinic block.

Development in DLC is expected to accelerate now that the Al-Maktoum International airport has opened. The first phase of the airport opened on 27 June 2010.

Al-Maktoum International will be the largest airport in the world once it is fully complete in 2030. It will have five runways, four terminal buildings and will be able to handle 160 million passengers each year and 12 million tonnes of cargo (MEED 1:7:10).

In 2006, DCA awarded Kuwait’s Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons a $409m contract to build the DLC headquarters building and office park.The contract included the design and construction of a three-storey headquarters building, a 10-building office park, ancillary buildings and extensive underground parking with a total built-up area of 430,000 square metres (MEED 25:8:06).