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Old May 6th, 2005, 06:05 AM   #1
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#PROJECT: ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANSION

Abu Dhabi International Airport plans Dh21b expansion

5 May 2005

DUBAI — Abu Dhabi announced Dh21 billion expansion plan of the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The master plan involves the construction of a new midfield passenger terminal, a second runway at a distance of 2,000 metres from the existing runway, cargo and maintenance facilities and other commercial developments on land immediately adjacent to and north of the existing airport. The first phase is due to be completed by 2010.

Once completed, the project will also provide a top-quality home base for Etihad, helping it to continue the steady expansion of its operations, Overall, the project will see a doubling of the existing airport land area to 3,400 hectares, with dedicated buffer zones to the north and south.

The new facilities will be designed for an initial handling capacity of 20 million passengers a year when they open in five years’ time, and an ultimate capacity of 50 million passengers a year.

The announcement was made at the Arabian Travel Market 2005 yesterday by Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of Supervision Committee for Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA), on behalf of Shaikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Department and President of Etihad Airways.

Al Mazrouei said: “As the capital continues to expand, Abu Dhabi International Airport will be even better placed to provide access to the greater metropolitan area. Once completed, the expanded airport facilities should be sufficient to meet projected demand for another 50 years.”

The master plan for the project has been completed by New York-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, while another US firm, Parsons International has been appointed as the programme managers. Phase one of the project is scheduled start in four months' time. Earthworks will start one month prior to the completion of the design, which will take 18 months to complete.

Another key part of the project is the provision of a substantial increase in cargo facilities, with an ultimate handling capacity of around two million tonnes of freight a year. A major user will be Etihad Airways, which has identified air freight, in particular transit cargo, as one of its key growth areas. The other airlines currently serving Abu Dhabi International Airport will also benefit from the expansion.

Close to the new cargo facilities land has been allocated for related commercial activities, including free trade zones. Aircraft maintenance facilities will continue to be concentrated on the south side of the existing airport. The plan also sets aside land for the growth of other operators, such as Royal Jet and Abu Dhabi Aviation.

One of the first phases of the project will be the construction of a second runway, scheduled to start next month. Planned at 4,100 metres in length, the new runway is widely spaced allowing for complete independent operations and is designed to cater for the latest generation of aircraft, including the new double-decker Airbus 380. Etihad Airways is due to take delivery of its first A 380 in 2007.

Al Mazrouei said that Abu Dhabi International Airport, which has been recording 20 per cent year-on-year growth in passenger traffic for the last four years, was running over capacity. The airport was designed to handle 3.5 million passengers, while the current demand is 5.2 million. With the completion of the airport expansion five years away, SCADIA has begun implementation of a number of interim projects to cope with the capacity constraints in the existing facilities and continued passenger growth. A Dh100 million contract has been awarded for the construction of nine new Code E/F aircraft stands, and another one, worth Dh110 million for the construction of a new Terminal 2 and refurbishment of Gate 3 in the existing terminal.
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Scadia invites bids for Abu Dhabi terminal

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The Supervision Committee for Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia) has invited 10 global airport development consultants to develop designs for new Abu Dhabi International Airport terminal.

French ADPi, Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), HOK, Gensler, KPF, Fentress Bradburn Architects — all from the United States, Australia’s GHD, Japan’s Kisho Kurokawa, Switzerland’s Brechbul Ovearup and Britain’s Pascal Watson have been invited to bid for the design project.

Scadia is currently shortlisting some of them, for what is expected to be the largest construction package under the Dh25 billion ($6.8 billion) development.

Hanan Sayed Worrell, Scadia’s project manager, told Gulf News on Wednesday, “The shortlisted companies will then be invited to enter in a design competition from which the government will choose the best design for construction.”

The immediate project, however, is the new runway project, which is on a fast-track development, she said.

The new runway is widely spaced, allowing for independent operations and is designed to cater for the latest generation aircraft, including the double-decker Airbus A380. “We are going to begin the rough grading of the new 4.1-kilometre runaway of the airport, located two kilometres north of the existing runaway,” Worrell said.

British landscape designer Halcrow is designing the new runway. Eight contractors have formally bid for the rough grading project.

“We are currently evaluating the bids. A contract will be awarded later this month,” she said.

“This will be followed by the construction tender package which is expected to be out later this year.”

The runway will be completed ahead of the scheduled delivery of first A380 to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways in 2007.

Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Scadia chairman told Gulf News, a number of temporary measures are being taken to ease pressure on the existing Abu Dhabi International Airport, which has reached its saturation point in terms of passenger handling capacity.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 11:49 PM   #3
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AD calls for $6.8bn airport bids

The committee charged with the $6.8bn redevelopment of Abu Dhabi International Airport has invited 10 global airport design groups for proposals. The shortlisted companies will then enter into a design competition from which the government will select the winner. Upgrading the runway to accomodate A380s is first priority.
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Old May 8th, 2005, 11:51 PM   #4
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$6.8bn is a huge budget, we can expect some neat stuff
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Old May 9th, 2005, 09:30 AM   #5
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If it wasnt for those huge new areoplanes we wouldnt have had those cool airport expansions.
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Bids under evaluation for Abu Dhabi airport job

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The Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia) is currently prequalifying contractors for the construction of a new runway at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as part of the airport’s Dh21 billion ($6.8 billion) expansion programme, according to Hanan Sayed Worrell, projects manager, Scadia, which is managing the multi-phase project.

Worrel was updating delegates on the project at one of the seminars at the recent Airport Build exhibition.

The tendering for the bid package, NRTW-1008-CN, was among the first to be released under the mega project. The 4,100 m runway is the second for Abu Dhabi International Airport and is expected to cater for the latest generation of aircraft – including the new Airbus A380. The runway is currently undergoing rough grading works, industry sources said. The package is to commence in the second half of this year, with phased handover of the site from a rough grading contractor.

The next few weeks will see more key developments in the five-year project.
Ten leading international airport terminal design consultants are currently being interviewed for the job of designing a major new midfield passenger terminal. From these, four to five will be short-listed to enter a design competition for the new terminal complex shortly. Another shortlist of consultants is being developed for the new 110 m air traffic control tower which will include all the new navigational, visual and radar control systems.
The airport's masterplan has been designed by the US-based Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM), while another US firm Parsons International has been assigned project management contract.

Worrell said the Abu Dhabi airport expansion – which will create a capacity for handling 20 million passengers per year initially, and ultimately for 50 million passengers a year, while doubling the existing airport land area in Abu Dhabi to 3,400 hectares – is moving ahead rapidly. An interim 8,000 sq m terminal is set to open in August capable of handling up to two million passengers per year. Terminal 2, a quick solution to air traffic volumes which have outgrown the current terminal, is going from the drawing board to reality in a matter of months.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 08:47 AM   #7
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I heard on the radio a few weeks ago something about building some kind of a train system for Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport. They said it wasn't clear whether it would be linked to the Jebel Ali - Dubai Airport train. I didn't hear the whole report, so I may have gotten this wrong... Just thought I'd let you know.
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Confirmation of this train system comes in this month's (August) edition of Gulf Construction Worldwide:
"As part of the redevelopment, a 12 km circular railway line with 19 stops, will also be built linking Abu Dhabi with the expanded airport and free trade zones proposed within the airport expansion project."
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Old August 21st, 2005, 01:57 AM   #9
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It is good to hear that….
I have been once in Abu - Dhabi Airport and I hope it was the last…. It was sooooooo boring and the dark ceiling was too dull
I wish they will get ride of this ceiling
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Old August 21st, 2005, 11:03 PM   #10
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You don't like the ceiling? You mean the blue and green tiled one in the Duty Free? Hmm, I always thought it was nice... guess I'm just used to it.

About the new terminal: I was in the airport two days ago (holidays over )... I was still in the old terminal, but it is certainly a lot less crowded in the Duty Free, and the entrance and check-in area is much nicer (really quiet and more modern looking). Has anyone been in Terminal 2?
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Old October 21st, 2005, 08:27 AM   #11
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Five designers vie for $6.8b airport terminal

21 October 2005

ABU DHABI — Works of five consultants have been short-listed for the Dh21 billion Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA)'s Midfield Terminal Complex, designed to handle 20 million passengers annually.

The winning design will be selected by a jury of international architects and aviation experts and made public on December 5.

Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Fentress Bradburn Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates have been short-listed for the design. Total airport redevelopment cost is put at Dh21 billion ($6.8 billion).

Following a pre-qualifying round involving ten design consultants, the Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA) short-listed the four US companies.

"Abu Dhabi's rapid development into a major regional business, commercial and tourism hub warrants the creation of best-of-breed airport infrastructure, which will be the gateway for the emirate's future growth, and the Midfield Terminal Complex has to be an iconic embodiment of the ambitious plans for the UAE capital," said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman, SCADIA.

"SCADIA has invited a few select individuals — all experts in their fields — to adjudicate on the winning design, which has to combine efficiency, practicability and vision whilst blending with Abu Dhabi's modern outlook."

In August, SCADIA delivered ADIA's two new contemporary interim terminals to increase the airport's annual capacity by three million in its bid to smooth passenger flow and relieve pressure of high density flights from the existing airport, until the Midfield Terminal Complex is complete in 2010.

"Delivered in a record time of six months, these interim facilities will pave the way for the seamless incorporation of the Midfield Terminal Complex," Mazrouei added.

The redevelopment will double the existing airport's land area to 3,400 hectares. A second category III runway will be built 2,000 metres north of the current runway. Cargo, maintenance facilities, free trade zones, catering and other commercial developments will be constructed between the two runways.

By 2010, Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier and ADIA's home airline, will have 50 wide-bodied aircraft and will take delivery of its first A380 by early 2008.
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this source says 4 consultants

Four consultants listed for airport expansion project

By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi : The number of design consultants vying for the multi-billion dirham redevelopment of Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA) has narrowed, with four companies shorlisted to present their concepts to a panel of international architects and aviation experts.
The final design for the Midfield Terminal complex, which is intended to handle 20 million passengers a year in 2010, will be unveiled in December.

"Following a pre-qualifying round involving 10 design consultants, the Supervision Committee shortlisted Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum, Fentress Bradburn Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates," said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of the committee.

The redevelopment, with a price tag of Dh21 billion ($5.7 billion), will double the airport's land area to 3,400 hectares and a second runway will be built 2,000 metres north of the current one. Cargo, maintenance facilities, free trade zones, catering and other commercial developments will be constructed between the two runways.

"Abu Dhabi's rapid development into a major regional business, commercial and tourism hub warrants the creation of best-of-breed airport infrastructure, which will be the gateway to the emirate's future growth, and the Midfield Terminal has to be an iconic embodiment of the ambitious plans for the capital," said Al Mazrouei, Scadia chairman.

"Scadia has invited a few select individuals all experts in their fields to select the winning design, which must combine efficiency, practicality and vision while seamlessly blending with Arabian tradition and Abu Dhabi's modern outlook."

In August, Scadia delivered ADIA's two new interim terminals that increased the airport's annual capacity by three million.

The temporary facilities are designed to smooth passenger flow and alleviate some of the pressure caused by packed flights, until the giant Midfield Terminal is completed in 2010.
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Huh, the conversion into US dollars is also very different between the two articles - $6.8b vs. $5.7b even though they both say Dhs. 21b. It's even stranger because the dirham is fixed to the dollar, so it couldn't be that they were just getting their exchange rates at different times! The lower article is correct by my calculations ($5.7b)
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US firms in fight for Abu Dhabi terminal


Designs for the Mega Midfield Terminal will need to cope with the amibitious future plans of the UAE.

An all-American short list of consultants is vying for the design contract on the main terminal of Abu Dhabi International Airport, which is to be re-developed at a cost of US $5.7 billion (AED21 billion).

Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM), Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum Inc (HOK), Fentress Bradburn Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates have been short-listed from an original list of ten international firms.

A jury comprised of international architects and aviation experts will select the best design on 5th December.

“Abu Dhabi’s rapid development into a major regional business, commercial and tourism hub warrants the creation of best-of-breed airport infrastructure, which will be the gateway for the emirate’s future growth; the mega Midfield Terminal Complex has to be an iconic embodiment of the ambitious plans for the United Arab Emirates’ capital,” said Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of the Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA).

“SCADIA has invited a few select individuals — all experts in their fields — to adjudicate on the winning design, which has to combine efficiency, practicability and vision whilst...blending with Arabian tradition and Abu Dhabi’s modern outlook.”

In August, Al Jaber Grinaker completed work on two new interim terminals to increase the airport’s annual capacity by three million, in its bid to smooth passenger flow and relieve pressure of high density flights from the existing airport, until the mega Midfield Terminal Complex is complete in 2010.

The multi-phase redevelopment will double the existing airport’s land area to 3400 hectares. A second category three runway will be built 2000 metres north of the current runway. Cargo, maintenance facilities, free trade zones, catering and other commercial facilities will be constructed between the two runways.

National carrier Etihad Airways will have 50 wide-bodied aircraft by 2010.
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Abu Dhabi airport design in December

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The design of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s (Adia) multi-billion-dirham mega Midfield Terminal Complex will be unveiled next month, following an international competition which involved some of the world’s biggest design specialists.

The Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia), has received proposals from four major international design consultants for the UAE capital airport’s future main terminal. Earmarked to handle 20 million passengers a year upon completion in 2010, the facility is part of the ambitious Dh21 billion ($5.7 billion) redevelopment of Adia.
Following a pre-qualifying round involving 10 design consultants, Scadia shortlisted Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum (HOK), Fentress Bradburn Architects and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.
The four US firms have entered into a competition and a jury comprising international architects and aviation experts will select the best design on December 5.

The multi-phase redevelopment will double the existing airport’s land area to 3,400 hectares. A second category III runway will be built 2,000 m north of the current runway. Cargo, maintenance facilities, free trade zones, catering and other commercial developments will be constructed between the two runways.
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SCADIA Chairman highlights Abu Dhabi Airport expansion at Airport Service Quality 2006

Airport expansion is a key step in promoting Abu Dhabi's future visitor growth according to Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman, SCADIA (Supervision Committee for the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport).


Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman, SCADIA.

In his address to delegates Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation hosted Airport Service Quality 2006 conference, which opened today in the UAE capital; Al Mazrouei outlined Abu Dhabi International Airport's expansion strategy which extends over 340 hectares and is expected to attract an investment of more than Dhs 30 billion.

'Abu Dhabi has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last few years in the economic, industrial and tourism sectors. This growth is expected to continue in the future, making Abu Dhabi an ideal destination for tourists and investors alike. Accordingly, strategic place were placed to deal with the anticipated growth needs', Al Mazrouei said.

In the face of mounting passenger traffic the airport's sole terminal had to be operated well in excess of its 3.5 million passenger capacity, with actual operating capacity hitting the 5.8 million mark in 2005.

Al Mazrouei said a number of immediate remedies had to be applied to deal with the spiraling growth in both passengers and air traffic, triggered by the creation of Etihad Airways and its rapid development into a global player.

'With the Gulf Traveler Terminal and Terminal 2 in operation since September 2005, the airport passenger capacity load has eased considerably. The AED 300 million interim terminals, including the 9 aircraft hard stands, are designed to smooth passenger flow and relieve pressure caused by high density flights at the existing airport, until the mega Midfield Terminal Complex is complete in 2010,' he said.

SCADIA is currently working on a new state-of-the-art, 4 million passenger capacity concourse for the exclusive use of Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier. The concourse, boasting eight gates capable of handling wide-bodied aircraft, will accommodate the airline's growth until 2010, when the new Midfield Terminal comes on stream.

A second, 4,100-meter runway will be completed by the fourth quarter of 2007, in time to receive the first batch of the giant Airbus A380s that will join Etihad Airway's fleet starting from early 2008.

The new Midfield Terminal Complex is designed to handle 20 million passengers annually and is expandable to an ultimate capacity of 50 million.

The master plan envisions a marked growth of cargo handling capacity to as much as 2 million tons, more than 8 times the current capacity of the existing facility. Accordingly, facilities will be expanded incrementally relative to cargo demand in the coming years.

Unlike few other projects of comparable magnitude, the airport expansion program promises to be a blessing, rather than a curse, to the local environment. Several hundred hectares of trees and other plants will be relocated to form a natural buffer zone that will also help mitigate noise from the airport. In addition, a number of important archaeological sites will be excavated for display in the new terminal.

SCADIA was launched by Abu Dhabi's Executive Council in May 2004 to manage and supervise the expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport project.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 08:52 AM   #19
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Any news?

Hola!!! Is there any news regardig which company has been awarded with the design of the new terminal? wasn´t that expected in December?
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