Abu Dhabi Airports celebrates great progress at MTB
OCT 5, 2015: On the occasion of UAE Civil Aviation Day, H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, minister of economy and chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, director general of the GCAA, accompanied by H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, took an aerial tour of the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), to review the construction progress made on the future gateway to the capital city."
H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, minister of economy and chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), commented, “In the last few decades, the UAE has seen unprecedented growth in air transport, and I am pleased to be celebrating the UAE Civil Aviation Day by witnessing the progress in the industry’s iconic Midfield Terminal Building, at Abu Dhabi International Airport.”
H.E. added, “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the level of cooperation between the GCAA and Abu Dhabi Airports, and urge everyone to continue in these efforts to deliver an environment that supports the sustainable development of the aviation industry within our country.”
The MTB - which will be the largest singular building in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and one of the region’s most architecturally impressive, environmentally friendly and innovative structures - is the centrepiece of Abu Dhabi Airports’ multibillion-dollar capital investment program, designed to create additional capacity to handle the increase in passenger traffic. The project is expected to be 70 percent complete by the end 2015, and once the MTB is operational, overall airport capacity will increase to 45 million passengers per year.
H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “The UAE Civil Aviation Day is a day to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our country in this sector over the last eight decades. The cutting-edge development and extraordinary progress made would not have been possible without the unlimited support of the UAE’s wise leadership and the vision of Abu Dhabi Government to establish the Emirate as a world-class aviation hub. As the MTB building structure takes shape and its presence can be seen on the city’s horizon, I look forward to the final stages of this exciting journey as Abu Dhabi Airports moves towards the delivery of this iconic structure in 2017.