Abu Dhabi Airport Completes Terminal 1 Refurbishment

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The refurbishment and upgrading works of Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which expands its passenger handling capacity has been completed.

The project won ADAC The GCC Commercial Project of the Year from the Construction Week Awards held on Monday 31 October at the Westin Hotel in Dubai.

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

 The project was carried out over 10 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 capitals 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.

The terminals refurbishment focuses on delivering to travelers a rejuvenated travel experience from start to end. Upon arrival to the airport, passengers are greeted through new entry gates, leading to passport control area, where the number of counters has increased by 40% to ensure a more speedy processing of travel documents. A designated area has also been especially allocated for First and Business Class passengers, with brand new security screening facilities.

The number of Immigrations Department in the departure area has been increased as well, as has the number of designated counters and E-Gates for travelers with special needs.

Additionally, passengers now enjoy an enhanced shopping and dining experience through the new developed layout of the retail and food & beverage space, which has been enhanced to offer 27 outlets.

The airport hotel and hospitality lounges have also undergone a thorough makeover.

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, said Eng. Ahmed Al Haddabi, Chief Operating Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports Company. The refurbishment works were carried out in phases, taking into consideration the peak hours to ensure travelers safety, convenience  and comfort over the last 10 months, and to provide ADAC with a short-term solution to cater for the expected traffic growth at the Capitals airport in the coming few years.

See also: Strong Demand for Self Service Systems @ Abu Dhabi Airport

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