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Three firms compete for Hajj Terminal in Jeddah

TAV, Saudi Bin Ladin and Malaysia Airports have put in bids for the US $250 million development

Three bids have been submitted for the main US $250 million (SR938 million) construction package for the new Hajj Terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

TAV, a joint venture of Saudi Bin Ladin Construction and Aeroport de Paris, and Malaysia Airports are all competing for the deal.

US-based International Finance Corporation (IFC) is the consultant for the project.

“The project will be let on a build-operate-transfer basis and is expected to be completed within two years,” said Ani Ray, director, TAV.

“The bids are expected to be opened in mid December this year with the contract being awarded early next year.”

Initially it was understood that contractors hoping to win the high profile PPP project would have to tie up with airport operators from Islamic countries.

But project sources say this is no longer a stipulation.

“Even though the project says renovation and upgrading, there will be a lot of new construction taking place, as the terminal is made up of a number of tents at the moment,” said Ray.

“The terminal will spread across 500,000m2 of land and the work will involve the construction of one big permanent terminal building.”

The facilities at the airport are no longer sufficient to meet growing passenger traffic. The project is aimed at improving the quality of Hajj travel by using private sector participation to rehabilitate and operate the terminal.

The existing Hajj Terminal accommodates the one million pilgrims who make their way to Makkah each year.

Roofed by a fabric tension structure, which will cover 40.5ha, the terminal is set to provide toilets, shops, benches and banking facilities.

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