Dubai set to issue Al Maktoum airport tender

Tender expected on May 28 will be for works to expand the airport to handle some 120m passengers a year

Plans for the future of Al Maktoum International. (Dubai Airports)

A tender for works to expand Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport to handle 120 million passengers a year will be issued on May 28, a senior official has said.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman of Dubai Airports and Emirates Group, announced the plan to issue the tender for the next phase of expansion of the airport, which is at the heart of the Dubai South megaproject.

“The first tender should be on the 28th of [May]. This is for the 120 million [expansion],” Sheikh Ahmed is reported by local media as saying at the Airport Show in Dubai.

The news follows a deal signed in March by contractor ALEC to expand the Al Maktoum International terminal building to more than double its existing size.

ALEC was appointed by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) to increase the built-up area of the passenger terminal from the existing 66,107 sq. m. to 145,926 sq. m, it was announced. The work is set to be completed by June 2017, and mark the first phase of an expansion project that will see the airport handle up to 26.5 million passengers per year by 2025.

But the new tender, to expand the airport to be able to handle 120 million passengers a year, marks a much bigger drive to boost capacity at the new air hub.

It is part of a plan to grow Al Maktoum International to its ultimate capacity of 220 million passengers per year.


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