Milestone for Abu Dhabi airport development

Abu Dhabi Airports’ new Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) has reached a new milestone as supports are being removed from its roof.

The airport which will have the capacity to handle 30 million passengers a year is 55% complete. It is expected to be 70% complete by the end of 2015.

In this first of nine de-props of the roofing supports a team of 45 specialists with 60 hydraulic jacks removed 30 temporary supports.

The supporting structure for the MTB central roof consists of 18 inclined arches of varying heights and a roof weighing around 20,000 tonnes.

By completing the de-propping process by February 2016 the roof will be a free-standing structure. It will feature the world’s longest indoor arch spanning 180m at a height of 52m with a weight of around 1,000 tonnes.

Ali Majed Al Mansoori chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “We are proud to maintain our track record of achieving key construction milestones safely in spite of the project’s architectural complexity. We owe this success to our construction team contractors and the capital projects and construction division.

“The MTB is set to become the gateway to the capital city and play an important role in raising the profile of Abu Dhabi as a world class transportation hub. It is also contributing to the diversification of the emirate’s economy by fostering growth in other industries through increased connectivity.”