Project: State Guest Reception Terminal, Abu Dhabi International Airport

Description: Aviation, 20,000 m² Terminal Building & 10,000 m²  Underground Carpark

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Architect: ADPi

Year: 2012

The brief was to provide a world class welcome terminal fit for the Ruler of the UAE in record time.

A 20,000 m² terminal building with 10,000 m² underground car park. This terminal is dedicated to welcoming visiting VVIP dignitaries & heads of state.

Located at the southwest end of the Abu Dhabi International Airport, it is close to the existing presidential flight facility.

The project showcases MEP systems to heads of state and state dignitaries arriving into the UAE via the VVIP terminal. The project demonstrates the live comparison between computer simulation (computational fluid dynamics, CFD) and project implementation in to a functional environment. The project also showcases the controls philosophy for a space with great fluctuations in occupancy with heads of state and state dignitaries arriving occasionally.

The controls philosophy must maintain comfort at minimal setback conditions and at full design conditions with minimal delay between the minimal and maximum set point.

Specialist areas include:

A 15m high welcome hall to accommodate a 260 piece band plus all ruling dignitaries – B&W used: dynamic simulation software for thermal analysis that included macro flow air modelling.

State of the art media centre to allow connectivity to the world’s media and crisis management for the ruling parliament

Specialist air conditioned fully glazed airplane entrance portal

Central cooling plant upgrade and refurbishment whilst maintaining a fully operational existing presidential terminal

Royal Majilis with zero tolerance internal comfort criteria

A newly developed standardized approach to dynamic thermal modeling for typical building types enabled plant requirements to be obtained at an early stage in the design to enable design and development of MEP strategies that would complement the buildings type and form.
Critical areas such as the main lobby, which includes the brass band, require detailed CFD modeling to predict air movement and temperature gradients across the space.