Abu Dhabi airport’s Midfield Terminal set to open soon

Covering 742,000 sq m of built-up area, Terminal A is among the largest airport terminals in the world

Abu Dhabi Airports is conducting its largest live trial and testing exercise to date in preparation for the November launch of its state-of-the-art new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport, known as Midfield Terminal Building or Terminal A.

More than 6,000 volunteers have been selected from the community in Abu Dhabi for this process, a WAM report said.

Covering 742,000 sq m of built-up area, Terminal A is among the largest airport terminals in the world and will significantly increase Abu Dhabi International Airport’s passenger and cargo capacity contributing to the acceleration of the emirate’s economic growth.

With the capability to handle 45 million passengers per year, and process 11,000 passengers per hour, the terminal will provide the foundation of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector expansion and cement its position as a global gateway and aviation hub.

The operational trials involve playing an essential part in robust simulations that are designed to stress-test equipment, staff and procedures, in key operating areas of the terminal.

In addition to Abu Dhabi Airports staff members, the volunteers include students, families and stakeholders from the aviation ecosystem.

Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Our commitment to excellence has driven our journey to prepare for Terminal A’s opening, as we are focused on conducting extensive large-scale assessments to ensure the speed, efficiency and delivery of operations. I would like to thank the volunteers who have participated in these trials for their unwavering support as we gear up to welcome passengers to Terminal A in November.”

Adding a world-class facility to Abu Dhabi’s transportation infrastructure, the opening will mark a significant milestone for the emirate.

It has the potential to transform the local aviation ecosystem, strengthen Abu Dhabi’s growing reputation as a destination of choice for travellers, and further boost its position as a global hub for trade and business, according to Abu Dhabi Airports.

Equipped with the latest technologies, Terminal A boasts a range of interconnected biometric systems that will invite passengers to enjoy the speed and comfort of a seamless, digitised journey from pre-travel to boarding gate. 



  • Terminal A can process 11,000 passengers an hour

  • The new terminal features 742,000 sq m of built-up area

  • It features 163 retail and F&B outlets