Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi International Airport is expected to handle 20 million passengers over the next few years. The Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) is being constructed to cope with increasing passenger traffic.
The MTC building is designed to be the largest, virtually pleasing and architecturally magnificent structure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It is being constructed as part of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, which is an Emirate-wide scheme planned to ensure the growth of Abu Dhabi as a business and tourism centre.
The terminal complex is expected to cost Dh10.8bn ($2.94bn) and is scheduled to be opened in 2017. The project is part of the government's aspiration to make Abu Dhabi a top tourist destination.
The MTC terminal construction is considered to be a major step in the Abu Dhabi International Airport development project. Since the inception of the expansion project in 2006, a new 4,100m-long and 60m-wide runway was constructed in 2008 to handle Code F A-380 aircraft.
Terminal 3, which has a floor area of 70,000m² (753,474ft²) with 33 check-in counters, was opened in 2008. It is currently serving flights for Etihad Airways.
A new 110m-high air traffic control complex was put into operation in 2011. It is the biggest in the region and constitutes state-of-the-art air traffic control systems and on-site training facilities.