Abu Dhabi International Airport: An Award-Winning Design

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Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Midfield Terminal Complex was developed in support of the United Arab Emirates Government’s Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 scheme. Aimed at promoting business and tourism in the region, the complex will process up to 80 million passengers each year to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding Middle East capital.

Conceived as a gateway to Abu Dhabi, the Terminal Building is raised up from the road level giving the appearance of sitting on its own plateau. The airport has also transformed the desert into the 'Garden of the Gulf' through a design that responds to its natural environment, while meeting the needs of the rapidly expanding capital.

The building is designed in an X-shape to minimise passenger walking distances and maximise aircraft parking capacity. 30,000m2 of Kingspan’s KingZip SF was used to create the unusual and complex curves that form the statement roof design, with solid cladding incorporated into the design to provide additional protection from the heat. The use of KingZip SF mobile forming and curving machines was a considerable advantage as it allowed for on-site manufacture, thereby increasing the speed of construction.

With an emphasis on design, sustainability and ease of navigation it is no surprise that the Abu Dhabi International Airport has won multiple awards, including Best Airport for the Middle East region by Airport Council International (ACI) in 2013, Best Airport in the Middle East in Business Destinations Travel Awards 2011 and New Airport Development Award from Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) 2009.

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