Related Links: Abu Dhabi Ambition Kohn Pederson Fox Associates The on-and-off pace of development in Abu Dhabi has picked up momentum this year, following the announcement of which marquee projects are priorities in the current economic climate. One of those marquee projects is the planned midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport; the construction team will be officially confirmed soon.The $6.8-billion, 700,000-sq-meter building is expected to open in 2017. The project is part of an overall airport expansion, which includes additional gates, expansion of a security screening area for connecting passengers in Terminal 3 and a new arrivals terminal in
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.