Abu Dhabi targets cruise ship market with new terminal
The concept design of Abu Dhabi’s planned permanent cruise passenger terminal is to be unveiled later this month at Seatrade Med 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
The model for Zayed Port cruise passenger terminal is being showcased by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) following an international design competition, which stipulated two Emirati architectural graduates would be chosen to join the project team, and extensive industry stakeholder input.
Ground clearance for construction of the terminal is already underway.
ADPC will be at Seatrade Med with an Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) delegation in the emirate’s first dedicated ‘Cruise Abu Dhabi’ international promotion to promote the emirate as a winter cruise destination. The new design will be showcased by Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC, and Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, acting executive director tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi.
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: “This is the first time ADPC has promoted Cruise Abu Dhabi at an international event, all of the top cruise lines will be represented, along with thousands of people from the wider travel industry."
Commenting on the new visa regulations were recently introduced allowing people to apply for a $55 multi-entry cruise visa for the UAE, Sultan Al Dhaheri said: “The new visa fee makes it much more affordable for operators to promote Arabian itineraries, of which Abu Dhabi is a key stopover.”
Abu Dhabi is working with Dubai and Oman in a ‘Cruise Arabia’ alliance to build the region’s international cruise appeal.
The 2013/2014 cruise season, which ran from November to April, was the busiest yet for Abu Dhabi, with a record 10 maiden calls and 189,709 passengers visiting the UAE capital on 75 calls into Zayed Port during the season. In comparison, during the 2006/2007 cruise season Zayed Port hosted just 29 cruise ships and 35,366 passengers.
Cruise ships currently calling at Zayed Port are served by a temporary passenger terminal.