Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Civil Aviation (Gaca) has issued new tenders for the upgrading and expansion of King Fahad International Airport in Dammam.

The first tender is for the upgrading of the airside of the airport, which includes runways, taxiways, control tower, maintenance buildings and landscaping. The deadline for submitting the tender is 1 May.

The second tender entails upgrading the airport’s arrival and departure terminal. Bids for the second tender must be submitted by 8 June.

The project is one of several new airport construction and expansion schemes that have been launched in the country over the past year.

Gaca is currently seeking bidders for two contracts to redesign seven domestic airports in the country. The scope of work includes the design of new terminals, runways, aprons, control towers, maintenance buildings, VIP lounges and landscaping.

The redesign of the seven airports has been split into two separate tenders. The first tender is for design work at Al-Ahsa, Al-Wajh, Sharurah and Wadi al-Dawasir airports. Bids for the first tender must be submitted by 30 April. The second tender is for the redesign of Qaisumah, Rafha and Turaif airports. Bids for the second tender must be submitted by 4 May.

Gaca has also invited bids for a contract to expand Riyadh’s King Khalid International airport. The design and build contract will involve the expansion of Terminal 3 and the unused Terminal 4, as well as additional landside work and concourses. The work will also involve the construction of aircraft aprons and stands, airport systems installations, and new utilities and services. The tender closing date has been extended several times, and currently stands at 19 May.