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May 31, 2016

Limak to build $4.34bn terminal at Kuwait International Airport

Turkey-based Limak Construction, along with its local agent Kharafi National, has signed a contract to construct the new terminal worth $4.34bn at Kuwait International Airport in the Middle East.

By Lopamudra Roy

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Turkey-based Limak Construction, along with its local agent Kharafi National, is to construct a new terminal worth $4.34bn at Kuwait International Airport in the Middle East.

To be built over an area of 708,000m², the new passenger terminal will be capable of handling 25 million passengers every year.

It will also be able to accommodate 51 gates and stands, as well as operate 21 A380 jumbo jets simultaneously.

The new airport terminal is designed by British architecture firm Foster + Partners and will be completed in six years, with a provision for maintenance for another two years.

The terminal’s design includes a trefoil plan that comprises three symmetrical wings of departure gates, with each facade spanning over an area of 1.2km and a 25m-high central space.

"The project is more than an airport, it’s a link between the two countries."

After the terminal has been constructed, the airport aims to generate 12MW of solar energy through 66,000 roof panels.

Limak Construction group vice chairman Sezai Bacaksiz was quoted by The National as saying: "The project is more than an airport, it’s a link between the two countries; Kuwait and Turkey, between two economies, between two societies.

"As a result of this link, new technologies will be introduced and transferred, new jobs will be created locally, planned local procurement will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, local businesses will flourish, all while we train and equip Kuwaiti men and women through various education and empowerment initiatives that we have planned for Kuwait over the next six years and beyond."

According to the company, the project is expected to generate more than 50 high-skilled jobs locally.


Image: Kuwait International Airport will have a new terminal in next six years. Photo: courtesy of MuLaN™.

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