New Doha International Airport
Client: New Doha International Airport Steering Committee.
Estimated value: $11 billion
Schedule: Work began in 2004 and final completion is expected in 2015
With 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.
The small kingdom is among the most economically vulnerable of the GCC states, with high debt levels, low reserves and slow GDP growth. But it has identified jewels in its accelerating non-oil economy that will help it forge a new path for the future.