Dubai updates airport expansion timeline

30 October 2018
First phase of Al-Maktoum International's $33bn expansion to open in 2030

Dubai has moved the target opening date for the first phase of the $33bn expansion of Al-Maktoum International airport from 2025 to 2030.

An official statement carried by the Dubai Government Media Office earlier this month cited the date change.

“DAEP [Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects] envisage for Al-Maktoum International to be … the biggest in the world, accommodating … 130 million passengers per annum in its first phase of opening in 2030,” the statement said.

DAEP recently invited selected contractors to bid by 3 December for the AED10bn ($2.7bn) substructure contract for Concourse 1 and the West Terminal building.

The companies and joint ventures that are understood to be involved in the tender include:

  • Alec (local) / ASGC (local)
  • Al-Naboodah Construction (local)
  • Arabtec Construction (UAE)
  • China State Construction Engineering Corporation (China)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC – Lebanon) / Arabian Construction Company (ACC – Lebanon)
  • DBB Contracting (local)
  • Salini Impregilo (Italy) / Tristar (local)
  • Shapoorji Pallonji (India) / Gulermak (Turkey)
  • TAV (Turkey)

The substructure package, the largest contract issued to date for the expansion of Al-Maktoum International, consists of more than 1.7 million square metres of connected basement footprint. It will house the people-mover tunnels, baggage handling systems, ground services road network and other “back of house technical and support facilities”.

MEED understands the package will include the construction of foundations, basement walls, columns, basement slabs and top slabs for the 2.7-kilometre Concourse 1, West Terminal building, short-term car park and staff car park.

The substructure will have a depth exceeding 18 metres underground and will require the pouring of about 5.5 million cubic metres of concrete.

The Dubai Media Office statement further cited that 90 per cent of work related to the airport’s site-grading and logistics packages is completed.

Local firm Tristar, which in June won the enabling works package for the concourse and terminal, is also understood to have started mobilising for the project.

The enabling works for Concourse 1, the West Terminal building and car park require 20 million cubic metres of excavation and 6,000 piles.

For Concourse 1, the works involve open excavation up to 18.3 metres deep, piling and temporary dewatering and linking tunnels. Altogether, Concourse 1 covers an area of about 910,000 square metres and requires about 5,000 piles.

DAEP has tendered several other contracts for Al-Maktoum International. They include the baggage handling systemtunnel structure and automated people mover.

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