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Dubai's Al Maktoum Int'l Airport's largest construction tender opens

The substructure package includes 170,000ha of connected basement footprint

Al Maktoum International Airport will have a capacity of 200mn passengers per year when it is complete.
Al Maktoum International Airport will have a capacity of 200mn passengers per year when it is complete.

The tender for the biggest single value contract for Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) has been issued by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP).

According to a statement by Dubai Media Office, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai Aviation Sector Board, announced the launch of the substructure package tender.

It will consist of over 170,000ha 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.

READ: AE Arma eyes future work on Dubai’s Al Maktoum Int’l Airport

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 are also included in the tender.

Official construction on the new airport began in July 2016, DMO said, adding “the site is quite busy with progress being well underway and exceeding 90% for the site grading and the logistics packages”.

Speaking on the news, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “We are targeting an award by early next year. More is yet to come and everyone is looking forward to a busy 2019.”

READ: Expansion of Al Maktoum airport delayed to 2018

According to the Dubai-based media outlet, DAEP envisions Al Maktoum International to be the “airport of the future and the biggest in the world, accommodating a staggering 130 million passengers a year in its first phase of opening in 2030”.

The news comes five months after Dubai’s Department of Finance secured $3bn (AED11bn) in funding for the expansion and development of Dubai International Airport and DWC, planned to become Dubai's primary airport and the home of Emirates Airline starting 2025.

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