Work to start on Duty Free area of $3bn Abu Dhabi airport terminal

Abu Dhabi Airports announces new construction milestone as roof de-propping is completed at Midfield Terminal Building
Work to start on Duty Free area of $3bn Abu Dhabi airport terminal
By Staff writer
Fri 24 Jun 2016 10:08 AM

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced that it has completed the final de-propping of the last arch in the roof of the new Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), meaning that the structure is now self-supporting.

The de-propping took three days and 90 jacking points were used around the building for support while the process was underway. This last stage released 8,000 tonnes of weight onto the roof, which weighs 21,000 tonnes in total.

Sulaiman Al Siksek, chief programs officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: "Now that the complex process of de-propping the roof structure has been completed, the construction team has started clearing the 50 support towers under the roof, which will take them another four to five weeks. Meantime the work can now start on the exterior enveloping of the front façade and on the preparation necessary for the interior work on the central processor."

During the next few months, Abu Dhabi Airports said it will begin building the stand-alone retails units in the duty free area of the building.

It will feature a total of 28,000 square metres of Duty Free space, comprising of 18,000 square metres of retail and 10,000 square metres for food and beverage outlets when it opens in 2017.

The MTB, along with the existing terminals at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), will serve the increasing number of passengers flying through Abu Dhabi, a figure expected to surpass 45 million within the next decade.

In 2015, a record 23.3 million passengers used AUH as their origin, destination, or transit point.

The MTB will be the largest architectural structure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, visible from more than 1.5km away. The new terminal is situated between the two runways at AUH, providing the shortest possible journey from runway to parking stand and allowing a quicker and smoother experience for passengers.

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