Tenders for $2.7B Al Maktoum Airport Substructure Construction Expected This Month

Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) reportedly will shortly issue tender documents for the contract to build approximately AED 10 billion ($2.7 billion) in substructures for the Al Maktoum International Airport.

The master plan layout for the new Al Maktoum International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects

Those who will be bidding on this opportunity include several local and international contractors, some working together in joint ventures. All those who will be bidding on the final contract have to have already submitted prequalification documents for the work in September.

The Substructure package is understood to be the largest project of its kind worldwide. Construction will include foundations, basement walls, tunnels, columns, slabs on grade and apron slabs of the first Concourse (2.7 km long), the West Terminal Building, the Short Term Car Park and the Staff Car Park.

The construction work included in these new bids is estimated to have about 5 million cubic meters of concrete and 1 million tons of steel as part of the bids.

Some of the companies expected to bid include:

  • Alec (local)
  • Al-Naboodah Construction (local)
  • Arabian Construction Company (ACC-Lebanon)
  • Arabtec Construction (UAE)
  • ASGC (local)
  • China State Construction Engineering Corporation (China)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC – Lebanon)
  • DBB Contracting (local)
  • Laing O’Rourke (UK)
  • Salini Impregilo (Italy)
  • TAV (Turkey)
  • Tristar (local)

In addition to this work, contracts for enabling efforts for the terminal and concourse were already awarded by DAEP in June to Tristar. As an example of the scope of those projects, the enabling works for Concourse 1, the West Terminal building and the car parking area will require excavating over 20 million cubic meters of material.

The Concourse 1 building itself will require excavating down some 18.3 meters deep, putting int piling, temporarily dewatering the area and creating tunnel links. In total, Concourse 1 will require some 5,000 piles and will cover an area of approximately 910,000 square meters.

The substructure contracts are expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2019.

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