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X Marks the Spot for Doka in Abu Dhabi!

01.10.2014 | Press
In the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Vision 2030 growth plan plunges ahead with a project that lies at the core of the strategy to increase economic development - expansion of the Abu Dhabi International Airport.


  • Mr. Huseyin Misirlioglu, Senior Project Manager, TAV
Client Abu Dhabi Airport Company signed a contract with TAV-CCC-Arabtec Joint Venture to build the Midfield Terminal Complex ready for operation by 2017. Construction of Midfield Terminal Building as part of the complex is already underway. The 1.1km long, 700,000m2 size, X shaped building will be visible from 1.5km away!

Doka Abu Dhabi is providing custom engineered formwork solutions that are according to the requirements of this vast structure with its unique shape and to adhere to the JV’s tight time schedule. Specifically, Doka’a Austrian manufactured formwork is deployed for the construction of the colossal piers, whose size are designed to accommodate up to 65 aircraft including Airbus 380’s.

Due to the sheer extent of the assignment and the large amounts of formwork technology systems which need to be delivered to the site, Doka has appointed a dedicated Project Coordinator, Onsite Engineering Team and Formwork Instructor especially to ensure smooth running of Doka’s supply during all phases of this project.

Other airport challenges successfully tackled by Doka in the Middle East are the Salalah and Muscat International Airports, Oman; King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and the New Doha International Airport in Qatar.

Doka’s scope is to supply 100% of the typical floor beam and slab support, with approximately 6,400 m2 of Frami beam side formwork and 11,000 m2 of Staxo 40 tables. Large-area formwork Top 50 were used for the retaining walls and column forms.

Doka UAE manages the mega project with intensity and daily internal coordination – 500 drawings were produced by our engineering department to date.

The architecturally striking terminal formed in an X-shape will cover 1.1 km length and 700,000 m2. Entire project costs are estimated to USD 3 billion. Upon completion, Midfield Terminal Complex will have capacity for 27- 40 million passengers a year.

The Facts:
Jobsite: Midfield Terminal Building at Midfield Terminal Complex
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Customer: TAV-CCC-Arabtec Joint Venture

The Solution:
Engineers devised the most economical and time-saving solution for the building based on the short fifteen month completion parameter for the JV. Doka’s scope was to supply 100% of the typical floor beam and slab support; 100% of all corewall formwork and SKE50 platforms and 6 units of custom circular column formwork.

In numbers, it is clear that logistics and daily coordination for delivery schedules and maneuvering the formwork onsite are important factors in the joint success of the forming scope of the project. Approximately 6,400 m2 of Frami beam side formwork, 11,000 m2 of Staxo 40 tables; Large-area Top 50 was also used for the retaining walls and column forms.

The Professional: Mr. Huseyin Misirlioglu, Senior Project Manager, TAV
“I have been working with Doka for a long time on large scale projects such as the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building. Doka has again proven to be a reliable partner on this project and they exceptionally contributed to meet our milestones with their know-how and technical solutions. They had strong supervision on site and promptly supplied material to meet our demands. “

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