The Dubai Government selected Bechtel to upgrade and expand Dubai International Airport. The ten-year plan called for a massive and widely varied set of components, including a satellite concourse with 28 gates, 42 loading bridges, and 221 check-in counters —1.3 million square feet (120,770 square meters) in all, duty-free and specialty shops, a 100-room, five-star luxury hotel, conference, business and entertainment centers, and restaurants.
Bechtel served as designer, project manager, and construction manager for the airport and runway system, terminals, access roadways, parking facilities, and a cargo complex. The airport is a focal-point for the growth of business and tourism throughout the United Arab Emirates. The cargo and free-trade-zone complex earned the International Cargo Airport Forum’s Best Cargo Airport award. Nearly 13,000 metric tons of steel was used to construct the frame of the new concourse.