Companies have been invited to prequalify by 20 June for the development’s first fuel farm, which will serve the cargo and terminal facilities and have an ultimate storage capacity of 240,000 cubic metres and an average daily uplift of 64,000 cubic metres. The first phase will consist of three storage tanks with a capacity of 9,500 cubic metres. A second fuel farm is planned.

Prequalification is also due to close on the same day for a design and build contract covering a structural replica of an Airbus A380 aircraft fuselage with a computer-controlled gas-fuelled system that simulates various fire scenarios. The simulator will cover an area of 24,000 square metres to the southeast of Jebel Ali airport.

The prospective bidders for the DLC headquarters package include: the local Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises with South Africa’s Murray & Roberts Contractors (Middle East); the local Arabtec Construction; and the local/Cypriot National Wheel J&P. The project has a built-up area of 25,700 square metres, and the office park will consist of 10 buildings with a total built-up area of 255,000 square metres, an underground parking basement and an additional 2,000 square metres of amenities buildings.

Several of the DLC prequalifiers are also expected to bid for the cargo terminal package, which calls for the construction of a 41,129-square-metre facility (MEED 21:4:06).

The consultant is a joint venture of Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) and France’s Aeroports de Paris (AdP). Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is the client.