Dubai issues biggest single tender to develop Al Maktoum Int’l Airport.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai Aviation Sector Board, on Thursday announced the launch of a tender for the development of Al Maktoum International.

The substructure package tender by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) – described as the biggest single value contract issued to date – consists of over 1.7 million square metres of connected basement footprint to house the future services of the airport. No value for the tender was disclosed.

The package will include 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 with a depth exceeding 18 metres underground and around 5.5 million cubic metres of concrete to be poured.

“An unprecedented scale. Maybe the biggest ever released in its category” Sheikh Ahmed said in a statement. “We are targeting an award by early next year. More is yet to come and everyone is looking forward to a busy 2019.”

Following the official start of construction back in July 2016, activity is ramping up aggressively further to the award of the enabling works package earlier last summer and the contractor is already mobilized with ongoing progress on site.

DAEP said it envisages Al Maktoum International as the airport of the future and the biggest in the world, accommodating 130 million passengers per annum in its first phase of opening in 2030.

Its ultimate capacity will be able to accommodate over 260 million passengers annually reinforcing the vision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for Dubai to become the aviation capital of the world.

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