The Bahrain Airport Company has received bids from six companies wishing to carry out the expansion of Bahrain International Airport.
According to MEED, the successful bidder will be responsible for developing the entire airport expansion project over a 30-year period, which includes the southern passenger terminals and airport city project.
The airport expansion plan will also involve the construction of an air traffic control tower, cargo facilities, a royal flight terminal, and road and rail links to the airport.
Bahrain Airport Company will spend nearly $4.7bn, in order to increase the airport's capacity from the existing five million passengers a year to 12 million.
Bahrain Airport Company will issue the design contract for the two new terminals – Terminal 1A and Terminal 1B - in the beginning of 2010.
The six companies include US-based Hok, Dutch firm Naco, France's Aeroports de Paris Ingenierie, UK-based Mott Macdonald, UK-based Jacobs Gibb and Lebanon's Dar al Handasah.