Al Maktoum International Airport, located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, is the largest greenfield airport project currently under construction in the world. By 2013, it is expected to handle more freight—up to 12 million tonnes per year—than any other cargo airport in the world. The first of the airport's five 2.8-mile-long runways opened in June 2010, and the first of 16 cargo terminals has been completed. Expected to open next year, a passenger terminal capable of handling seven million passengers annually is now complete and undergoing testing. Two additional passenger terminals are in the design stage. Three cargo carriers are now
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.