Groupe ADP of France, through ADP Ingénierie, has won a €15m contract from the airport authority to design and supervise the $410m expansion of the Sharjah International Airport in the UAE.
The expansion is part of an overall modernisation project at the airport in Sharjah, one of the seven emirates of the UAE.
It is one of the largest airport developments currently being taken up in the region.
The project is aimed at increasing the capacity of the existing terminal from the current 11 million passenger traffic to 17.5 million per year over the long term, and enhancing the passenger experience, including flows segregation (departures/arrivals) and additional aircraft parking stands.
ADP Ingénierie CEO Gratien Maire said that the new contract is a result of the company’s know-how in airport design in a part of the world where it is active.
The company will deploy a team of experts in Sharjah.
Maire said that one of the challenges will be to maintain the airport capacity and operations at all times during the execution of the construction packages, which is expected to begin in 2019.
Groupe ADP, which has been present in the UAE for 40 years, said it has a strong knowledge of the issues of the region and is aware of the issue of the international airport for the economic dynamism and touristic attractiveness of the country.
ADP Ingénierie has proposed several projects of design, combining modernity and efficiency with the heritage and local traditions, as the Emirate of Sharjah is viewed as the ‘world book capital’ and a cultural city of the country.
Sharjah International Airport is home to Air Arabia airline and needs to support the growth of traffic due to the development of low-cost airlines in the Gulf region.
ADP Ingénierie is a 100% owned subsidiary of ADP International and its core activity is designing and undertaking international development and infrastructure airports projects.