Abu Dhabi set to open new airport control tower
Abu Dhabi International Airport's new control tower and air traffic facilities are scheduled to be fully operational later this year as part of a $6.8bn airport expansion.
French company Aeroport de Paris Ingenierie (ADPi) was appointed in 2006 for the $108.9m project and all concrete and steel works for the main building and guard house have been completed, the company said in a statement.
Air Traffic Control Complex (ATCC) is positioned midway between the two runways and is designed to include a five-storey technical and support building integrated with a 110-metre high visual control tower, the tallest in the region.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art navigational and meteorological equipment, the company added.
The ATCC comprises about 7,300 square metres and the tower will enable the airport to handle up to 70 takeoffs and landings per hour.
The tower is part of a massive expansion of airport facilities which will see the opening of the centrepiece Midfield Terminal in early 2015.
The expansion will increase the airport’s capacity to 20 million passengers per annum, with the Midfield Terminal serving as the base of operations for Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE.