The supervision committee for the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport is constructing a new passenger terminal facility in Abu Dhabi International Airport, bringing high-end technology to the region’s travel infrastructure. The anchor tenant for the facility is Etihad Airways, the nation’s flagship carrier.

The Etihad Interim Terminal 3, to be built by Al Habtoor Engineering/ Murray & Roberts LLC, will create new opportunities to enhance Abu Dhabi’s emergence as an internationally significant business travel, transfer, and tourism destination. The increasing volume of visitors to the UAE presents both a significant opportunity and a logistical challenge.

Innovative technology will be central to the successful development of this ambitious program of works, calling upon airport specialists in the fields of construction, civil engineering, design/engineering and systems integration.

“This is a major project innovation and it is crucial that the frontline users of the technology understand how it will benefit them both financially and practically,” said Alan Bourjeily, general manager, aviation engineering division, DPS.

“The integration of the various systems will enhance passenger care and overall terminal efficiency, and DPS is honored to have been selected to deploy the Special Airport Systems package. This demonstrates once again that we are airport specialists,” he added.

The level of service expectations of today’s passengers set the high standards for the delivery of the scheme as a whole. The aviation engineering division of DPS will be responsible for numerous special systems within the new Terminal 3 facility. The new systems will include the following:

  • Flight Information Display System (FIDS) legacy extension
  • SITA CUTE system legacy extension
  • SITA Local Departure Control System (LDCS)
  • DCS/SITA Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) legacy extension
  • Public Address (PA), paging and Voice Announcement (VA) system
  • Automatic computerized Flight Announcement System (FAS)
  • The GPS Master Clock System (MCS)
  • Master Antenna Television System (MATV)
  • Telephone / voice Structured Wiring System (SWS) network
  • Local Area Network (LAN) extensions
  • Wireless RF signal propagation network

All of these features are supported by DPS-installed structured cabling plant.

“We are happy to award this contract to DPS due to their experience in airport systems and their professionalism in meeting the challenge of such projects. This is the result of continuous collaboration,” said project director, Ramsay Abbassi of Al Habtoor Engineering/Murray & Roberts. The award was revealed at Aviation Procurement Expo, 19 – 21 March 2007 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.