The opening of Abu Dhabi Airports’ $2.94 billion Midfield Terminal has been pushed back by two years, regional newspapers reported on Monday, in the latest setback for a project seen as crucial to the emirate’s wider expansion into tourism, according to Arabian Business.
The Kohn Pederson Fox (FPF)-designed project was due to open in September 2017.
Sources close to the project told Reuters on March that there were complexities relating to the design and execution of the roof that were causing the initial delay.
Once completed, the 700,000-plus square meter Midfield Terminal will be able to accommodate up to 30 million passengers a year.
It features a curved roof that appears to float across 18 steel arches, with a 50 meter-high Departure Hall that is largely column-free through the use of long span leaning arches that gives the building its outdoor quality.
“Conceived as a gateway to Abu Dhabi, the Terminal Building is raised up from the road level giving the appearance of sitting on its own plateau,” KPF’s release stated.
“In this context the building is the dominant and most impressive structure on the horizon with its dynamic profile silhouetted against the sky. At night the building’s illuminated interior will be visible from the highway over 1,500 meters away.”
The expansion of its main airport, Abu Dhabi International, had already been delayed by around five months until December 2017
The Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi museum has also been delayed to 2017 due to pending construction work, sources told Reuters in November. Although the building’s official Twitter page @LouvreAbuDhabi said that the construction has reached its final stages.