GCC's biggest airport projects 2010

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New Doha International Airport\nClient: New Doha International Airport Steering Committee.\nEstimated value: $11 billion\nSchedule: Work began in 2004 and final completion is expected in 2015\nWith a land area in excess 22 km² the New Doha International Airport is designed to handle 50 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo, and 320, 000 aircraft landings and takeoffs each year. More than 60 million m³ of fill will be reclaimed from the sea and used to create the site, while over 6.2 million m³ of improperly disposed household waste has been removed from the site and disposed of in an engineered landfill. The runways, taxiways and aprons of the new airport require 3.7 million tonnes of high quality polymer asphalt and an additional 115,000 m³ of concrete, while 800,000 m³ of concrete will be needed for facility structures.
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Al Maktoum International Airport\nClient: Dubai Department of Civil Aviation\nEstimated value: $8 billion\nSchedule: Phase one is due to open in June 2010 and further expansion will take place in phases. How quickly depends on demand from airlines\nAl Maktoum International Airport will be the largest passenger and cargo hub in the world. Capacity will be 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo per year. The airport is part of Dubai World Central, which will have residential, retail and leisure components. Al Naboodah Contracting Company won the contract to build the first runway at the airport.
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Abu Dhabi International Airport\nClient: Abu Dhabi Airports Council\nEstimated value: $6.8 billion\nSchedule: Work began in 2005; the opening of the centrepiece Midfield Terminal is scheduled for early 2015\nThe Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion will increase the airport’s capacity to 20 million passengers per annum. The centrepiece of the project is the Midfield Terminal Complex, which will serve as the base of operations for Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE. The terminal will sit between two operational runways. The opening of the terminal is scheduled for early 2015.\nIn January, the Supervision Committee for the airport’s expansion invited contractors to ‘express interest’ in the main Midfield Terminal Building package. Other pending construction tenders include ‘Airport Wide Utilities & Infrastructure’ and ‘Police Fixed Wing Apron’. Pending design tenders cover utilities, maintenance and a cargo campus.
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King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) Development Phase 1\nClient: General Authority of Civil Aviation \nEstimated value: $1.5 billion\nSchedule: Work began in 2007 and is scheduled to finish in the first quarter of 2012\nKing Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) is a potentially massive development; the blueprint includes scope to increase capacity to 80 million passengers by 2035 in three phases.\nPhase 1, which is underway, covers construction of a 400,000 square metre terminal complex; a new control tower, access roads and utilities infrastructure.\nAeroports De Paris Ingenierie (ADPI) was awarded the design contract and Dar Al Handasa Consultants is the project manager. Construction is in progress and is expected to be completed in 2012.
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Dubai International Airport\nClient: Dubai Department of Civil Aviation\nEstimated value: $1.17 billion\nSchedule: Construction work is underway and completion is scheduled for mid 2012\nScope: Concourse 3 will be 645m long, 90m wide and 42m high. It will increase capacity from Dubai International’s current 40 million to around 70 million. Concourse 3 will feature 20 aircraft stands, 18 of which will be able to accommodate Airbus’ new A380.\nAl Jaber Engineering and Contracting was awarded the main construction contract in April 2009. The contract includes the construction, completion and maintenance of the civil, architectural, MEP, SAS and \nsignage works.
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Expansion of Muscat International Airport\nClient: Transport and Communications Ministry\nEstimated value: $1.2 billion\nSchedule: Construction work is underway and completion is scheduled for 2012\nWork is underway on a new terminal, which will be finished by 2012 and will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually.\nA joint venture of Consolidated Contractors Company and TAV was awarded the main construction contract in May 2009.\nA new control tower and second runway are supposed to be operational by the end of 2010. \nThere is scope for further expansions at the airport, which would take capacity up to 48 million passengers by 2050, the projected number of passengers estimated.
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Queen Alia International Airport refurb\nClient: Airport International Group (AIG)\nEstimated value: $700 million\nSchedule: The airport will be fully operational by 2011\nIt will be capable of handling over nine million passengers per year, with the capacity of further expansion to 12 million passengers. The terminal was in dire need of brightening up and glass partitions have been fitted to let in the natural light. Graphic images, improved ventilation, and designated smoking areas mean that the passenger experience is greatly improved.
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