The airport terminal is intended to be used by around 3.5 million domestic travellers a year, although it is presently handling international traffic pending the completion of the main terminal. In view of its relatively low capacity, it was designed without docking bridges: the idea was to create a permeable building, with interflowing, visually linked spaces from the point of arrival to the departure gates. This was achieved through a large-span structural system (each of the three halls spans 68 metres) and the use of large glass skins and transparent partitions. Design was finished in 8 months (including tendering), construction in 13 months.
Radoine, Hassan (curator). 2012. CHANGE: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present. [Exhibition brochure]
A brochure for the "CHANGE: Architecture & Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present" exhibition organized by the AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation and curated by Dr. Hassan Radoine. The exhibition documents modern architectural production of architects and engineers in the Middle East that has influenced the rapid transformation of the region, including the construction of housing, governmental buildings, tourist resorts, theme parks, towers, the development of cities, and historic preservation.