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Queen Alia International Airport, Amman's New Terminal Designed By Foster + Partners, Opens (PHOTOS)

03/22/2013 08:16 am ET

Thursday marked the opening of Foster + Partners' new terminal at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan.

In a continual effort to take on the popularity of Dubai's International Airport, the new terminal aims to increase capacity for the capital from 3.5 to 12 million passengers by 2030, according to a press release. Airports around the world have increased capacity in recent years: Beijing's airport completed an expansion ahead of the 2008 Olympics; Atlanta's Hartsfield -- the world's busiest airport -- just opened a new terminal in 2012; and in February, Singapore's Changi airport announced plans to add a fourth runway. (The proposed Thames Estuary airport would reportedly handle 150 million passengers a year...if it's ever built.)

Of the design, Foster + Partners says the domed roof is meant to reflect the "flowing fabric of a Bedouin tent." Mouzhan Majidi, Chief Executive of Foster + Partners, said in a release:

Queen Alia International Airport has been an extraordinary project – it has transformed Amman into a niche hub, while offering critical growth for the wider economy through regional links. The new terminal building is energy efficient, will accommodate phased expansion and provides a dynamic symbol for Jordan. Our early involvement from the conceptual design stage, supporting the selection of operators, and through detailed design and work on site has involved many of our specialist in-house teams, from architects to climate analysts, space planners and geometry specialists. It has been a pleasure to work with our Jordanian colleagues and the team at AIG, and it is great to see the results of this work come to life today.

Check it out in the photos below.

Amman's New Terminal
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