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ADAC Announces Completion of Terminal 1 Refurbishment at Abu Dhabi International Airport
(1 November 2011)
The refurbishment project wins ADAC "The GCC Commercial Project of the Year"


Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced today the completion of the refurbishment and upgrading works of Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which will expand its passenger handling capacity and ensure the delivery of quality service and experience across the airport. The project has won ADAC “The GCC Commercial Project of the Year” from the Construction week Awards held yesterday at the Westin Hotel in Dubai in an acknowledgment of ADAC’s efficiency in delivering turnkey capacity solutions for the capital’s airport while maintaining quality service in all its offerings.

The refurbishment project included the increase of the number of check-in and immigration counters, and the expansion and development of the retail and F&B space.

The project was carried over 12 months as part of the programme to expand the airport capacity and meet the anticipated traffic growth, whilst completing the longer term expansion plans of the capital’s airport through building new terminals and facilities. The completed project was also designed to deliver a high quality facility and upgraded services in Terminal 1 in line with the Terminal 3 offerings.

Eng. Ahmed Al Haddabi, Chief Operating Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports Company, said:

“At Abu Dhabi Airports Company we are constantly striving to elevate the travel experience and ensure clients, whether passengers or airlines, enjoy a unique journey. Driven from this ambition, T1 underwent a thorough and carefully designed upgrade plan to bring it in line with Terminal 3, and ensure that customers using any part of Abu Dhabi International Airport will have a refreshing and efficient start or end to their journey.”

“The refurbishment works were carried out in phases, taking into consideration the peak seasons to ensure travelers’ safety, convenience and comfort over the last 12 months, and to provide ADAC with a short-term solution to cater for the expected traffic growth at the Capital’s airport in the coming few years.” he added.

The renovation plan is part of Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s ongoing plans for the development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport. The Terminal 1 renovation included major design and decorative works increasing the capacity to 34 immigration and passport control counters in departures and arrivals and 54 check-in counters which is a 40% increase in capacity. The number of E-gates available and the seating capacity have also been increased to keep up with the continuous growth in passenger traffic. The refurbishment works also resulted in the delivery of immigration counters and E-gates that caters to the passengers with special needs to ease their travel experience at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Additionally, passengers now will enjoy an enhanced shopping and dining experience through the new developed layout of the retail and food & beverage space which enhanced the offering of 27 outlets. The airport hotel and hospitality lounges have also undergone a thorough makeover to deliver a unique product in luxury and convenience now available to all passengers at Abu Dhabi International airport upon request.

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