Airport Builders make eyes at subcontracts

All the main contracts are gone, but Airport Build exhibitors hope for Dubai airport subcontracts

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By  Eudore Chand Published  June 5, 2004

By Neil Denslow for Construction Week Exhibitors at Dubai’s Airport Build & Supply Show from 7th to 9th of June will be targeting the vast number of subcontracts that are still up for grabs in the US $4.1 billion Dubai airport expansion. Event organisers, Streamline Marketing, have promised a 30-minute meeting of each exhibitor with Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, which is responsible for the expansion. “You’ve got the main contractors tied up, but all of the subcontracts are up for grabs. Maintenance contracts. Flower Centre and Terminal 3. Lots of stuff, Dubai Air Wing’s facility - every time you think Dubai is going to end, the construction is going to stop, they announce something else, it’s incredible,” says Laith Kubba, Streamline director. He pointed out that the DCA doesn’t have time to see everyone. They would rather see everyone during the three days of the exhibition. People have been ringing up for meetings, and they were told to come in June. Exhibitors’ main purpose is to meet the DCA and the regional DCAs, Kubba adds. The show is promising to be the largest ever with 125 exhibitors and a number of regional civil aviation delegations to visit. These include representatives from most of the major airports in the region, as well as an Iraqi delegation. Airport Build Show began in 2001. when work was started on Sheikh Rashid terminal. There is a large amount of business available to suppliers because of the huge number of projects on-going in the region. These include the development of Dubai airport and the new Doha International, as well as expansion projects at a host of airports led by Cairo, Bahrain, Jeddah and Casablanca’s Mohammed V. An Iraqi delegation is also expected to discuss rebuilding airports there. Exhibitors include a large range of suppliers including SITA, Arinc, Siemens, DuPont Performance Coatings, Vanderlande and Honeywell, as well as the German, French, Dutch and British trade associations. Major consultants will also exhibit at the show including Dar Al Handasah, which is leading the work at Dubai and in Egypt, and Airports de Paris, which is heading up projects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Morocco. Bechtel, which is building Doha International, is also expected to send a delegation. Britain is preparing for a show of strength with ten companies under the banner of British Airports Group. It includes Dabico (Europe), a manufacturer of aircraft underground utility services pits which has already made good initial inroads into the region, supplying hangar facilities at airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Riyadh, as well as more than 300 airports, airbases and hangar facilities worldwide

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