Navigating Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport

Here is everything you need to know about the The new terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The new terminal features an array of state-of-the-art facilities, designed to maximise the comfort and experience of passengers. From luxury lounges to spa facilities and relaxation zones, Terminal A will enable travellers to rest and rejuvenate during their visit to Abu Dhabi International Airport. With over 160 retail and food and beverage outlets, catering to a wide variety of tastes and preferences, Terminal A will deliver a new standard of airport experience for both leisure and business travellers

The terminal has been designed to create seamless connectivity for visitors and transit passengers. It is equipped with advanced biometric technology, and when fully operational, will be the only airport globally to offer all 9 touchpoints in the biometric journey; paving the way for a travel experience tailored to individual passengers.

Covering 742,000sqm of built-up area, Terminal A is among the largest airport terminals in the world and will significantly increase AUH’s passenger and cargo capacity. Once operational, the new terminal will accommodate up to 45 million passengers per year; be able to process 11,000 travellers per hour; and operate 79 aircraft at any given time.

Equipped with the latest technologies, Terminal A boasts a range of interconnected biometric systems that will invite passengers to enjoy the speed and comfort of a seamless, digitized journey from pre-travel to boarding. There are by self-service kiosks, streamlined security checkpoints, and state-of-the-art baggage handling systems.

Facts and figures of the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal ( Terminal A)

Here are some facts about the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal, as per the Abu Dhabi Airports website:

  1. The Midfield Terminal is the largest in Abu Dhabi and will be visible from more than 1.5 kilometre away.
  2. The Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal is expected to see 30 million passengers per year, with a capacity of handling up to 8,500 passengers per hour.
  3. The airport have 65 aircraft gates.
  4. The minimum connection time will be 45 minutes including baggage transfer.
  5. There will be eight A380 boarding gates.
  6. There are 156 check-in counters and 48 self-service kiosks.
  7. The airline lounges area spans 30,000 square metres.
  8. There will be 28,000 square metres of retail and food & beverage space.
  9. The terminal will have 4,300 CCTV cameras for security purposes.
  10. The terminal will feature 27 kilometres of long baggage handling system capable of processing over 19,000 bags per hour.
  11. A total of 145 lifts and 46 travelators will be at the terminal.
  12. There will be a 3-star transit hotel with 163 rooms.
  13. The terminal can accommodate 3,400 cars in short term covered parking and 1,500 cars in long term parking.
  14. Inside the terminal, there will be 700,000 square metres of internal space.
  15. The central terminal space can easily fit 21 football fields.
  16. Roof span of 319 metres at widest point (almost twice as wide as Heathrow Terminal 5 at 160 metres).
  17. The ceiling height is 52 metres at the highest point.
  18. The terminal is built with 275,000 square metres of aluminium cladding and 115,000 square metres of external glazing.
  19. It is also built using 600,000 cubic metres of concrete, 325,000 square metres of stone flooring, 7,425 foundation piles and 69,000 tonnes of structural steel.
  20. The Midfield Terminal has one of the world’s largest arches spanning 180 metres across (20 metres wider than the largest arch span at Heathrow Terminal 5).
  21. The terminal was awarded a three pearl design rating from the Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS) by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (APC).
  22. The Midfield Terminal building is the largest singular building ever to be rated globally by the Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS), making it the highest rated airport terminal in the GCC.
  23. In addition, the Midfield Terminal can achieve and maintain a reduction in water consumption of 45 percent over a comparative baseline case.
  24. A minimum of 75 percent of the terminal’s construction waste will be diverted from landfills during the construction phase.
  25. In addition to recycled materials, the terminal’s use of regional materials has reduced the use of fossil fuels for the construction by reducing transportation needs.