The issued package consists of over 1.7 million square metres of connected basement footprint to house future services. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: The substructure package tender for Dubai’s second airport has been put out into the market by Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects.

This will form the “biggest” single value contract issued to date for the Al Maktoum International Airport, the world’s largest such facility in the making.

“An unprecedented scale... maybe the biggest ever released in its category,” said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai Aviation Sector Board, in a statement. “We are targeting an award by early next year. More is yet to come and everyone is looking forward to a busy 2019.”

The issued package consists of over 1.7 million square meters of connected basement footprint to house the future services of the airport, such as people mover tunnels, baggage handling systems, a ground services road network and other technical and support facilities.

It will also include the foundations, basement walls, columns, basement slabs and top slabs for the first 2.7-kilometre long concourse, the West Terminal building, short-term car park and staff car park, with a depth exceeding 18 meters underground and around 5.5 million cubic meters of concrete to be poured.

The site is already quite active, with construction works having started in July 2016. More than 90 per cent of the site grading and logistics packages are underway. Activity was ramped up further after the award of the enabling works package last summer, and the contractor is already mobilised on site.

Al Maktoum International can accommodate 130 million passengers a year annually in its first phase opening in 2030. Its ultimate capacity will be able to accommodate over 260 million passengers annually.