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Client :

Government of Dubai, Department of Civil Aviation

Completion date :

20 July 2014


Dubai International Airport - Refurbishment of Two Runways

tonnes of
asphalt re-layed


Refurbishing the two runways at Dubai International Airport - one of the busiest airport in the world - and the construction of new taxiways to enhance the airport’s capacity was not an easy challenge.

Ensuring minimum impact to the airport operations during the work, the 80-day project started on 1 May 2014. As well as the construction of new taxiways and improved drainage, the work included the repair and resurfacing of both runways. The airport serves more than 125 airlines flying to more than 260 destinations across six continents and whilst some flights were diverted to Al Maktoum International Airport during the phased refurbishment, Dubai International Airport remained operational for the whole period.

The quantities involved were daunting, and to successfully execute the works a precise 24-hour working schedule was put together by the team.

Requiring over 4,500 people and 1,225 items of major plant and equipment, the following key activities were undertaken: mill and remove 412,500m² of asphalt from the existing runways, re-lay 509,400 tonnes of asphalt and 404,700 tonnes of wet mix, lay 1500km of primary and secondary cables and install 12,500 LED lights.

The Al Naboodah Construction Group team worked with Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP), Dubai Authority (DA), other airport authorities and the project consultant for many months, planning and assessing all eventualities to ensure the successful delivery and handover to Dubai Airports on 20 July 2014.

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LED lights installed