Five things to know about the region's airport expansion programmes
As Muscat opens its $1.8bn airport this week, here are five other projects set to boost business and tourism in the GCC
As Muscat opens its $1.8bn airport this week, here are five other projects set to boost business and tourism in the GCC 1. Abu Dhabi: The new Midfield Terminal is not so much well under way as almost complete. More than 85 percent of the construction, from main hall to arrival gates, has now been finished and a new opening date of Q4 2019 has been pencilled in. The 742,000 sqm facility will help the UAE capital serve more than 25 million arrivals a year. 2. Riyadh: King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital has already welcomed its new Terminal 5, the airport’s first privately run terminal that opened in 2016. Next up is the projected $3bn revamp and expansion of Terminals 3 and 4, the goal of which is to increase the airport’s capacity to 25 million passengers a year. 3. Manama: The expansion of Bahrain International Airport is one of the foundation stones of the country’s $13bn investment into its tourism industry. The $1.1bn project is set to be completed sometime in 2020 and aims to increase its capacity from seven million passengers per year to 14 million. It is part-funded by a GCC development grant. 4. Jeddah: King Abdulaziz International Airport has been undergoing a programme of expansion and renovation since 2006 and is now almost complete – with Phase 1 set to open at some point in 2018. The $7.2bn, three-phase programme is designed to enable the airport to handle 100 million passengers a year. 5. Kuwait City: Kuwait International Airport’s new Foster-designed terminal is being led by Turkish construction giant Limak and local firm Kharafi National. Initially slated to take six years, officials are now hoping the $4.2bn project will be completed in less than four. The new airport capacity will surpass 13 million passengers.