New terminal complex for Abu Dhabi Airport receives government approval
Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the new Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport has been approved by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi. With ground works already commenced on site, a contractor will now be appointed to commence work on the construction of the Terminal Complex. The decision to approve the Terminal Complex is critical to consolidate Abu Dhabi’s position as a transport hub and tourist destination. Other approved schemes, such as the cultural projects on Saadiyat Island, are also integral in this strategy.
Mustafa Chehabeddine, KPF Design Principal said: “We are excited by the approval, which enables us to move forward in realising this important piece of infrastructure. The Terminal Complex is designed to form part of a memorable experience for the millions of passengers who will use it each year.”
Within KPF’s master plan, the terminal is conceived as a gateway to the city. The design creates large, unimpeded internal zones that will enhance the passenger experience, and can accommodate long-term adaptability to industry demands. Uniquely engineered, long-span arches support a soaring roof and reach 50m at their highest point. Conversely, the internal scale of the departure hall endows the building with an openness that allows for meaningful connectivity between the outdoor landscaping and the indoor civic space.
Anthony Mosellie, KPF Principal-in-Charge, added “The Terminal Complex is designed to serve Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways well into the 21st century and act as a key driver for the UAE’s economy and growth for decades to come.” The Midfield Terminal Complex is integral to Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, a framework for the Emirate’s future development and projected population growth. The ultimate capacity will exceed 50 million travellers and 2 million tonnes of cargo per year.