ADFD contributes $52m to fund Maldives airport infra project
Work included the construction of the airport’s buildings, a firefighting station, a control tower, and a desalination plant
The UAE’s leading economic development aid entity, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), contributed $52m (AED191m) to support the Maldives’ strategic objectives, including the opening of the Maafaru International Airport – a major infrastructure project in the island nation – the ADFD confirmed on its Twitter account.
The scope of the project comprised the construction of a runway approximately 2,200 metres long, hangars, and service roads to accommodate Airbus A320-200 and Boeing 737 aircrafts.
Works also included the construction of the airport’s main and office buildings, a firefighting station, a control tower, and a desalination plant, state news agency, Wam, reported.
In addition, the project included a marina for boats that serve neighbouring islands, the installation of a generator, and the provision of maintenance equipment are some of the other important achievements.
#ADFD contributed US$52 million towards Maafaru International Airport, located on one of the islands of the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, serving the northern and eastern regions of the archipelago, and bolstering sustainable socio-economic development in the island country. pic.twitter.com/Gsb2M2IQ0Y— صندوق أبوظبي للتنمية (@ABUDHABI_FUND) December 7, 2019
The funding also supported infrastructure works and the establishment of power, communication, and water networks.
The airport is located on on one of the islands of the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives
Expected to serve the northern and eastern regions of the archipelago, which is set to stimulate logistical and economic activities, and provide new job opportunities for the local population, the airport was officially inaugurated by the Government of the Maldives.
Commenting on the occasion, the director-general of the ADFD, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, said, “ADFD views the transportation sector as a high priority due to its economic importance and its impact on other sectors, such as tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing. In line with its goal of supporting growth in developing countries, the fund has contributed to around 97 strategic transportation projects valued at $3.81bn (AED14 billion) in 44 countries around the world to date.”
Al Suwaidi added, “Complying with the directives of the wise UAE leadership, ADFD contributed to the financing of the Maafaru International Airport project that reflects its keenness to advance continued, comprehensive, and sustainable economic development. Our nine key ventures in the island country fall within the framework of priorities outlined by the Government of the Maldives and support international efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”