‘Popular Mechanics’, an American magazine focused on practical applications of science and engineering, takes a look at what it calls ‘The World’s 18 Strangest Airports’. King Fahd Airport, in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, is ranked #15, for being the world’s largest.
Of note, the next ranked airport, Denver, has a look close to that of the Haj Terminal at King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah. It’s not surprising, however, given the input of architect/engineer Horst Berger.
King Fahd International is the largest airport in the world in terms of landmass, sprawling over 300 square miles of desert. The airport is so enormous that it is actually about 11 square miles larger than Saudi Arabia’s neighbor, Bahrain.
Why It’s Unique:
Among the many features that make this airport stand out is a mosque large enough to take in thousands of people. Also notable, though not entirely uncommon in Saudi Arabia, is the Royal Terminal, which is designed to service the Royal Family and is outfitted with an elegant reception hall and a pressroom. One of the major obstacles during the construction of the airport, Schreckengast says, was the lack of fresh water to mix concrete.