Aéroports de Paris International were the project design consultants for Terminal 3 and produced an innovative and ground-breaking design in the shape of an airplane wing. Design group Dar Al-Handasah Consultants were contracted to design the concourse 3 part of the project.
The new shimmering facilities cover a built-up area of 515,000 sq mt and are solely dedicated to Emirates Airline. Located 20 mt beneath the taxiway area, the spacious multi-level environment caters for easy passenger flow and decreased walking thanks to its 157 elevators, 97 escalators and 82 moving walkways. Since Terminal 3 is underground, the baggage handling system is the deepest the largest of its kind in the world with 90 km of baggage belts handling around 15,000 items per hour, at a possible 7.5 metres per second with 800 RFID read/write stations for 100% accurate tracking.
For the pleasure of travellers, the terminal offers designer lounges, 252 check-in counters, 8,000 sq mt of retail space, parking for 1,870 vehicles, business centres, dining courts, gyms and spas.
The mega-project required the excavation of over 10 million cubic metres of earth (enough to fill 4,000 Olympic-size swimming pools), the use of 2.4 million cubic metres of concrete, (enough to fill 950 Olympic-size swimming pools), and as much as 450,000 tonnes of steel for reinforcement and another 33,000 tonnes for the structure.
Currently handling 22 million passengers a year, Dubai International expects to increase to 60 million passengers by 2012. It is strange to believe that while this multi-billion dollar investment expansion nears completion, work is already in progress on a project to build the world’s largest airport barely 40 km away. Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International will have the capacity to cater to 120 million passengers annually and handle 12 million tonnes of cargo at its 16 air cargo terminals.