As of 6 August 2013, Abu Dhabi International Airport's arrivals hall will be relocated to the lower level of Terminals 1 and 3.
Built as part of the airport's capacity enhancement plan, the new facility will enable passengers to quickly access parking areas from the customs lounge via a new tunnel.
The capacity enhancement plan aims to better equip the airport to serve the expected rise in passenger traffic, while also improving the passenger experience.
The airport reported a 12.6% rise in traffic to 7.9 million during the first six months of 2013. Its aircraft movements and cargo rose 10.4% and 21.5% to 65,072 and 325,737t respectively compared to the corresponding period in 2012.
Abu Dhabi Airport is currently carrying out work on the $2.94bn 700,000m² midfield terminal complex, which plans to serve 27 million passengers a year after being commissioned in 2017.
Built to enhance Abu Dhabi's status as a top tourist destination, the new facility is one of the largest major strategic infrastructure projects ever to be undertaken in the UAE capital.