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Abu Dhabi: "One of the world's largest airport terminals" to open ahead of COP28

2023-08-31T16:50:36.032Z

Highlights: Abu Dhabi airport will open a new terminal in November with a capacity of 45 million passengers a year. Terminal A is expected to "start operations in early November", a few weeks before the UN climate conference, Cop 28. The new terminal will receive "79 aircraft at the same time" and "up to 45 million visitors per year," they added. The contract to build the new Abu Dhabi terminal was signed by Abu Dhabi Airports in 2012 for an amount of approximately €2.71 billion.


The new terminal will receive up to 45 million visitors per year in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.


It will be one of the "largest terminals in the world". Abu Dhabi airport will open a new terminal in November with a capacity of 45 million passengers a year, the capital of the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday, amid competition in the Gulf. Terminal A is expected to "start operations in early November", a few weeks before the UN climate conference, Cop 28, which is being held this year in the United Arab Emirates, the airport authorities said in a statement.

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The new terminal will receive "79 aircraft at the same time" and "up to 45 million visitors per year," they added. With an area of 742,000 m2, it is, according to them, "one of the largest in the world" and will help position the Emirati capital as a tourist destination and a "global center for trade and business".

Race to transport passengers

Abu Dhabi welcomed 10 million passengers in the first six months of 2023, compared to more than 41 million for the neighboring emirate's airport of Dubai, one of the busiest in the world. Passenger transport is dominated in the region by Dubai and Doha, the capital of Qatar. Saudi Arabia has also embarked on the race, with ambitious expansion plans, including that of Riyadh airport, where the capacity is expected to reach 120 million passengers per year by 2030 and 185 million by 2050.

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The airport in Jeddah, in the west of the country, the main gateway for Muslim pilgrims to the holy city of Mecca, is expected to reach a capacity of 70 to 80 million travelers per year by 2035.

The contract to build the new Abu Dhabi terminal was signed by Abu Dhabi Airports in 2012 for an amount of approximately €2.71 billion. The oil-rich emirate welcomed 18 million visitors in 2022 and has set a goal of reaching 24 million this year. In addition to ministries and large companies, it is home to the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the mocked Sheikh Zayed, one of the largest in the world.

Source: leparis

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