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Sharjah begins work on $338m airport terminal expansion

Spanning an area of 190,000 sq m, the Sharjah terminal expansion project is part of a AED2.4 billion airport upgrade Wam
Spanning an area of 190,000 sq m, the Sharjah terminal expansion project is part of a AED2.4 billion airport upgrade

Work has commenced on Sharjah International Airport’s AED1.24 billion ($337.62 million) terminal expansion project, which is expected to be completed by 2027.

Sharjah Crown Prince and deputy ruler Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi laid the foundation stone for the project, the UAE state-run Wam news agency reported.

Spanning an area of 190,000 sq m, the project is the most extensive among a series of expansion initiatives, collectively valued at AED2.4 billion.

The expansion will see the addition of more self-check-in kiosks, electronic boarding gates, waiting lounges, food courts and a hotel for transit passengers.

In September 2023, Ali Salim Al Midfa, chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, said the airport will implement several expansion plans to raise its passenger handling capacity to 20 million by 2026 to become one of the top five regional airports.

Earlier this week, Sharjah announced its general budget for 2024, with total expenditures amounting to approximately AED40.832 billion, the largest in the emirate’s history.

Total expenditure for the year will increase 16 percent, with capital spending to rise 20 percent.

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