Abu Dhabi International Airport is undergoing comprehensive re-development. The centrepiece of all this activity is the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), which is now under construction and is scheduled to open in 2017. According to Abu Dhabi Airports Co, its developer, it will have initial capacity of 30 million passengers per year.
The terminal will be located between the airport’s two runways, hence its name. It will be 700,000 square metres in size and visible from more than 1.5km away.
An estimated 667,300 cubic metres of concrete and 69,000 tonnes of structural steel will be used in the terminal’s construction.
The complex will include approximately 27,800 square metres of retail and F&B outlets. These are set around an 8,400 square metre indoor park.
The terminal will feature 156 conventional counters and 48 self-service kiosks.
Around 275,000 square metres of aluminium cladding and 115,000 square metres of external glazing will cover the terminal building.
More than 4300 CCTV cameras will help keep the terminal secure.
There will be space for up to eight airline lounges, covering approximately 27,500 square metres.
Baggage handling systems will stretch for more than 22 kilometres and handle up to 19,000 bags per hour.
There will be around 15 lifts in the terminal and travelators will cover around three kilometres.
ADAC Planning & Development is the terminal developer; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), Ove Arup, NACO and BNP Associates are the architects and engineers; and TAV, CCC and Arabtec are the main contractors.