Abu Dhabi International Airport

PROJECT NAME Abu Dhabi International Airport-Midfield Terminal Building
LOCATION Abu Dhabi, UAE
CLIENT Abu Dhabi Airports Co. (ADAC)
SCOPE Construction of a terminal building with a capacity of 27 million passengers per year.
DURATION 82 Months
DATE OF COMPLETION Expected June 2019

This world class building is designed to accommodate up to 27 million passengers annually

As part of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan (the emirate wide strategy to facilitate Abu Dhabi’s business and tourism growth), the Abu Dhabi government has approved the construction of the Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) at ADIA. This world class building is designed to accommodate up to 27 million passengers annually (8,500 passenger capacity/hour) in order to meet the future needs of one of the fastest growing airports in the world.

The construction contract for this landmark project was signed between Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and TAV-CCC-Arabtec Joint Venture.

The 700,000 m2 terminal building is located between the north and south runways, allowing for more stands and a quicker, smoother experience for passengers. The building’s design includes a unique undulating roof that is expected to be visible from over 1.5 km away, rising 52 m above aluminum roof cladding set on 84,000 tons of structural steel. The envelope also includes over 200,000 m2 of high performance glass curtain wall. The concrete works measure approximately 640,000 m3, with 130,000 tons of reinforcement and over 1.5 million m2 of formwork required, and placement will peak at 2,000 m3 per day.

To complete the project, over 1,000 staff from the three JV partners and the workforce will peak at around 10,000 laborers

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The interior will be equally impressive with an 8,400 m2 indoor park, 10,000 m2 of international restaurants, 20,000 m2 of retail and outlets, 27,500 m2 of airline lounges and a transit hotel. Passenger and employee transit through the building will be facilitated by the 159 elevators, 129 escalators and 56 moving walkways, 106 gates, 165 check-in counters, and the baggage handling system is designed to handle 18,000 bags per hour. The striking interior consists of 225,000 m2 stonework, cut to distinctive shapes, and over 270,000 m2 of metal ceiling panels, each piece with a unique shape to fit to the high curved surfaces.

To complete the project, over 1,000 staff from the three JV partners and the workforce will peak at around 10,000 laborers. It is expected that the project will require about 340 pieces of various types of equipment including 30 tower cranes.

As all new developments in the Abu Dhabi airport are designed to minimize its impact on the environment, the MTC is designed to take into account the Urban Planning Council’s Estidama sustainability guidelines and achieve a Three Pearl rating. Several key sustainable features include low thermal conductivity glass facades angled to minimize heat load, day-lighting to interior spaces, solid cladding to further reduce the impact of the sun, water conservation and waste water reuse for irrigation. Furthermore, the highest standard of BIM will be used to ensure integration and coordination of building systems to maximize efficiency.