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Engineering projects floated for Dubai airports

by Yamurai Zendera on Sep 1, 2013

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Dubai Government has thrown open an invitation to engineering consultants to pre-qualify for a variety of projects at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central- Al Maktoum International Airport.

Managed on behalf of the government by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, the work has been split into seven categories:

- Interior fit-out projects, such as airport/airline lounges, offices, and other passenger facilities, with values between AED5-10m  ($1.4m-$2.7m).
- General airport support facilities, such as maintenance sheds, fire stations, and hangers, with value between AED10m-200m ($2.7m-$54.5m).
- Specialised airport facilities, such as cargo handling facilities, with value between AED10m-200m ($2.7m-$54.5m)($2.7m-$54.5m).
- Specialised airport facilities, such as terminals and concourses, with value over AED200m ($54.5m).
- Airport infrastructure projects, such as runways, stands, and navigation systems.
- Specialised airport systems, including SAS, BHS, MHS, and IT infrastructure.
- Operational readiness, transition and compliance assistance with civil aviation regulations.

Consultants will be required to demonstrate relevant experience for each category they choose to pre-qualify for. The closing date for submissions is midday on 18 September 2013.

Dubai World Central will open its doors to passengers on 27 October, 2013 when launch carriers nasair and Wizz Air commence operations into Dubai’s second airport.

nasair plans to operate over 50 flights per week between Dubai and a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-based carrier already operates 950 weekly flights to 28 destinations with a fleet of 21 aircraft comprised of Airbus A320s and Embraer E190s.

Wizz Air, which provides low-cost air transport across 30 countries with 16 bases across Europe, will provide non-stop services linking Dubai World Central to Central and Eastern Europe. Wizz Air has a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operating over 1,500 weekly flights to 93 destinations.