UAE construction firm Al Jaber Group has won a SAR1.8bn (US$479m) contract for the development of a new terminal at Abha Regional Airport in Saudi Arabia. The new terminal building will cover an area of approximately 282,000ft2 and will accommodate up to five million passengers annually.
When complete, the new terminal will feature 20 passenger boarding bridges, a new apron that can accommodate 26 planes simultaneously and a parking structure with the holding capacity for 2,800 cars.
His Excellency Obaid Khaleefa Al Jaber Al Marri, chairman of Al Jaber Group, said, “Al Jaber Group’s Saudi branch is witnessing substantial growth since we started our operations in Riyadh last year. We were able to compete and win sizable projects mainly the Abha Airport development project. These wins reflect the ongoing success of Al Jaber Group and our ability to deliver best-in-class services.
“We are looking to win more projects in the Saudi market in the near future. Al Jaber Group is well positioned to benefit from the increased momentum in the launch of new projects in this strategic market.”
Abha Airport began operations in 1977 and was originally designed by Dutch architects NACO. Approximately two million passengers passed through the airport in 2011.