Paddle Your Own Kanoo - Mateusz Maszczynski

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) celebrated its 40th birthday on Sunday but the event wasn’t accompanied by any update on when a new $3 billion ‘Midfield’ terminal will finally open and replace the airport’s overcrowded and outdated terminal buildings.

Originally slated to open in 2017, the Midfield terminal has been hit by a series of embarrassing delays. In 2019, the Midfield terminal was claimed to be more than 97 per cent complete. On Sunday, the airport confirmed that zero progress had been made in the last three years and the building remains in the same state as it did before the pandemic.

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