Composites Beautify Dubai Airport Interiors

10 August 2003

Dubai International Airport is considered the Middle East’s premier and busiest airport and currently ranks number 16 in the world. In 2002, a total of 16 million passengers passed through the airport. The ACI traffic statistics have ranked Dubai International Airport as the second fastest growing airport in the world in 2002.

The facility at present has the capacity to handle 22 million passengers annually. However, according to projections, 30 million passengers are expected to use Dubai International Airport by 2010.

One particular project at the airport is the Sheikh Rashid Terminal Interior Upgrade. This project involved the fabrication and installation of an Arabic Wall Façade fabricated from FRP composite material.

This very unique and attractive wall was built with 36 modules 4 m wide x 15 m high (13.1’ x 49.2’) and is comprised of architectural components such as single and double arches, with images of sparkling stars and skies, grills, surrounding columns, pediments, and a big panel of wash lights. The Arabic Wall façade was fabricated and installed by Terrazzo Ltd. who was also involved in the design process. The process chosen was hand lay-up using Reichhold´s resins and gel coats.

The Arabic Wall covers an area of 2,200 square meters and conforms to BS 476 Part 7, Class 1 for fire rating.

The entire Arabic Wall façade was fabricated and installed by Terrazzo in a record time of three months meeting the rigid quality standard set by the consultant and Dubai Civil Aviation.

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