Dubai has taken a giant step towards construction of what is expected to eventually become the world’s largest airport after Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) tendered a contract for the substructure of one of its huge terminals.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai Aviation Sector Board, revealed details of the tender on Saturday.
Al Maktoum International will accommodate 130 million passengers per year in its first phase of opening in 2030 and will eventually be able to handle twice that capacity, according to a statement issued by Dubai Media Office.
Launch of the Substructure Package Tender marks the biggest single value contract issued to date for Al Maktoum International Airport.
The package includes the foundations, basement walls, columns, basement slabs and top slabs for the first 2.7km long concourse, West Terminal Building, Short Term Car Park and the Staff Car Park at a depth exceeding 18 meters underground and around 5.5 million cubic meters of concrete to be poured.
It will cover over 1.7 million square meters of connected basement footprint to house the future services of the airport, such as people mover tunnels, baggage handling systems, ground services road network and other back of house technical and support facilities.
“An unprecedented scale. Maybe the biggest ever released in its category,” His Highness said. “We are targeting an award by early next year. More is yet to come and everyone is looking forward to a busy 2019.”
Following the official start of construction back in July 2016, the site is busy with progress on grading while the enabling works contractor has mobilised on site following a contract award earlier last summer.