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Jeddah’s new-look King Abdulaziz International Airport takes shape

This is the latest picture of the new passenger terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Areen Design, alongside Arup and Atkins, make up the British consultancy team leading the design of the new terminal.


The gateway sits on a total land area equivalent to over 7,000 football pitches and will be home to the world’s tallest air traffic control tower.


Other features include 40km of linear lighting, 200,000sqm of indoor gardens, 46 fixed air bridges, 150 escalators and 3,100 tonnes of steel work.


At the heart of the project is twin crescent-shaped 670,000sqm passenger terminal which will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and systems that will help take customer service levels at the Saudi gateway to new heights.


The ambitious master plan places a greater emphasis than ever before on the private sector to help support, finance and develop projects that include the revamping the airport’s cargo facilities to increase its capacity to handle up to 450,000 tonnes per annum.


Phase 1, which is being funded by the Saudi government and private investors, will raise the airport’s capacity from 17 to 30 mppa.


However, on completion of Phase 3 in 2035, the airport is expected to be capable of accommodating up to 80 million passengers yearly.


The three-phase, demand-driven plan will effectively create a new gateway within the existing boundary of King Abduaziz International Airport (KAIA).

The nation’s biggest construction company, the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), is the main contractor, together with many specialist international subcontractors and suppliers.

KAIA’s master plan was prepared by Netherlands Airports Consultants BV (NACO), with concept and schematic design being carried out by Aéroports de Paris subsidiary, ADPi, followed by detailed design and build by SBG.


The new 46-gate showpiece facility will replace the existing North and South terminals and introduce new levels of comfort and convenience for passengers, according to General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).


Project details


Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Important developments: New terminal, ATC tower, support infrastructure, roadways and bridges and high-speed rail link.

Scheduled completion: 2014

Principle companies involved: Areen Design, Arup and Atkins, Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners), ADPi, Saudi Binladen Group, Venderlande, Bombardier, Buro Happold

Total investment: $7.2 billion

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