Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, & Dubai, United Arab Emirates (November 29, 2018)—Hill International, manager of construction risk, has received the award of Infrastructure Project of the Year for the project development of Muscat International Airport at the Big Project Middle East Award gala held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“We are honored to receive this well-recognized badge of excellence on behalf of our client, The Ministry of Transport and Communications Oman, and to have contributed to the development of Oman’s success in the region,” said Adel Merhi, Vice President, Country Manager Oman. “We are also proud of Hill International’s contribution to Omanization and the continuous knowledge transfer to the Omani team on the project. The recognition of this award is a testament to our mutual collaboration.”

The Big Project Middle East Awards of Excellence are a long-standing part of the regional construction calendar, focusing on the companies and organizations that provide vital services to the construction industry.

The Infrastructure Project of the Year award recognizes the top Middle East infrastructure construction projects. Judges consider the size, scale and complexity of each nomination, while also assessing the work from all multivariate stakeholders, including the client, consultant, contractor and subcontractors.

The winning project, development of Muscat International Airport, is one of the largest projects ever to be undertaken in the history of the Sultanate of Oman. The 29-gate passenger terminal building, which features state-of-the-art technology, will accommodate 20 million passengers annually. The terminal sits on a floorplate of 418,202 square meters—equivalent to 80 American football fields. The structures required more than 31,100 tons of structural steel—seven times the amount used in the Eiffel Tower. They also required almost 520,000 cubic meters of concrete—twice that in the Burj Khalifa.

The Muscat International Airport encompasses 96 check-in counters, 29 boarding bridges, 30 remote aircraft stands, 10 bus-boarding lounges, a 90-room hotel and a 97-meter high air traffic control tower.

Hill International deployed approximately 360 team members on the project, undertaking a large series of services from construction supervision, contract management, and administration or scheduling, to training and knowledge transfer.

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