French consultant engineer and project manager Egis has won a contract to design a terminal expansion for an international airport in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE. It will also carry out a concept design for another terminal, to be built in the next 10 years, that will accommodate 2 million passengers a year.
The contract was awarded at the Dubai air show, which is presently under way.
“In order to keep up with this demand of passenger traffic and welcome more and more airline partners, our immediate focus is on working to enhance our existing terminal at the earliest and simultaneously work on designing a brand new terminal with international standards and innovative facilities and we are confident that our partnership with Egis will help us achieve this,” said Athanasios Titonis, the chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, according to a press release.
By population, Ras Al Khaimah is the third smallest of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, with 416,000 people and a land area of 1,684 sq km. The airport presently serves around 100,000 passengers a year, but the emirate is hoping to make it into an economic hub for the tourist industry.
Alaa Abusiam, the chief executive of Egis Middle East, commented: “Egis has been awarded several aviation projects, and our experience and knowledge surpasses design as we are able to take on both the role of engineer, as well as airport operators as we plan ahead.”
The Paris-based company has previously worked on Riyadh and Amaala airports in Saudi Arabia.