Abu Dhabi Ports to open new state-of-the-art cruise terminal at Zayed Port in December
Abu Dhabi Ports−the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate−will officially open the new state-of-the-art cruise terminal at Zayed Port in December, the company said in its press release.
A big landmark for cruise tourism in the Arabian Gulf region, the permanent cruise passenger terminal at Zayed Port, a premier regional cruise hub, will help Abu Dhabi Ports serve the increasing number of cruise liners and passengers visiting the Emirate. The flexible design of the terminal building incorporating suggestions from all major global cruise lines can accommodate any future requirements of cruise operators. This will boost Abu Dhabi’s ambitions in tourism sector and further elevate its standing as a leading winter-sun cruise destination on the regional cruise tourism map.
Zayed Port recently hosted three luxury cruise vessels at the same day. Island Sky, owned by Noble Caledonia, docked at Zayed Port as part of a 16-day voyage from Muscat in Oman to Mumbai in India. EUROPA 2, owned by Hapag-Lloyod, was on a 20-day cruise from Dubai to Mauritius. Seven Seas Voyager, owned by Regent Seven Seas Cruises, berthed at Abu Dhabi as part of their global itinerary.
Zayed Port has scheduled 111 vessel calls with 205,000 passengers from across the globe during 2015/2016 season. This will represent fivefold increase in number of passengers and ships visiting Abu Dhabi since the first cruise season during 2006-2007. This impressive growth is projected to reach more than 300,000 passengers expected on 130 scheduled ship calls by 2019-2020 season, catalysed by the new cruise terminal and the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover at Sir Bani Yas Island that has already started receiving cruise vessels.
The preparations for the cruise terminal opening are in full swing in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Ports’ strategic partners such as Etihad Airways, Tourism and Culture Authority-Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Customs, and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).