Bids invited for new Duqm airport work

Firms invited to bid for terminal building at Al Duqm Airport

A rendering of the terminal building at Al Duqm, Oman.
A rendering of the terminal building at Al Duqm, Oman.

The Oman Tender Board has invited local and international construction firms to design and construct the terminal building at Al Duqm Airport, which will have a capacity to handle 500,000 passengers a year, reports The Times of Oman.

The tender documents for Duqm airport terminal building project will be distributed until 2 February, while the last date of submission is on 7 March.

This is part of a major government initiative to build four regional airports, including Sohar, Ras Al Hadd and Adam, in order to meet the increasing travel demand of tourists, businessmen and local community. The Ministry of Transport and Communications is overseeing the development of the new regional airports.

Landside civil works for the airport is also progressing, and financial tender analysis is going on for the airside civil work package. The gross floor area of the airport is envisaged at 13,350m2, with a parking facility for 300 cars.

The runway length is envisaged at 4km, while the airport will have a cargo terminal building with a capacity to handle 50,000 t and an in-flight catering building with a capacity to handle 700 meals per day.

When operational, the Duqm airport will serve as a new gateway into a region with significant economic, industrial and commercial potential.

A senior official of the Ministry of Transport and Communications said the construction of four regional airports is progressing as per schedule, with the remaining packages reaching different stages of design and tendering.

Recently, the Tender Board had floated two separate tenders for contracting firms to prequalify themselves for participating in contracts to design and construct terminal buildings for Ras Al Hadd and Adam airports.

Ras Al Hadd will have a capacity to handle 500,000 passengers a year, while Adam airport will be able to handle 250,000 passengers a year. Construction work is progressing for airside work for Ras al Hadd, after completing civil works. The project includes construction of a 4km-long runway, taxiways and air navigation and meteorology system.

Similarly, the majority of the work at Adam airport, except for the terminal building, is also complete. The airport has partially commenced operations, with an inaugural VIP flight from Muscat. The airport will open for scheduled commercial flights only by end-2012.

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