Abu Dhabi cruise terminal to be divulged on Sept 16

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The proposal design of Abu Dhabi’s intended permanent cruise passenger terminal is to be divulged later this month at Seatrade Med 2014, from the period of 16-18 September in Barcelona, Spain.

Abu Dhabi cruise terminal to be divulged on Sept 16

Abu Dhabi cruise terminal to be divulged on Sept 16

The representation is being showcased by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) following a global design competition and broad trade stakeholder input.  A vital component of the competition was the obligation to appoint two leading Emirati architectural graduates, to enlist the project team for the expansion of the architectural design.

ADPC will be at Seatrade Med with an Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) delegation in the emirate’s first enthusiastic ‘Cruise Abu Dhabi’ worldwide endorsement. The Abu Dhabi contingent will join primary cruise operators and press the emirate’s case as an option and preferred winter cruise target.

ADPC and TCA Abu Dhabi will show the new building idea, which was selected following a worldwide design competition, with the support of a scale model and a video ‘fly-through’ which shows the facilities and design of the new building. Ground clearance for construction of the terminal is in progress.

Abu Dhabi’s cruise objectives have also been enhances lately following new visa regulation moves which includes a Dh200 multi-entry cruise visa for the UAE.

Every harbor in the Cruise Arabia initiative gives a very different range of enticements for visiting travelers, which is precisely what the cruise lines look for. Zayed Port cruise passenger terminal is preferably situated close to the centre of the city and its thrilling charms, from the Louvre Abu Dhabi which will open in 2015 to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Yas Waterworld to talk about just a few.

The 2013/2014 cruise term which led from November to April, was still demanding for Abu Dhabi, with a proof 10 maiden calls (first-time visits) and 189,709 passengers visiting the UAE capital on 75 calls into Zayed Port during the season. In assessment, in the 2006/2007 cruise term Zayed Port hosted just 29 cruise ships and 35,366 passengers. Cruise ships now calling at Zayed Port are served by a provisional passenger terminal which has broad facilities as well as visitor information services, currency exchange, souvenirs and food & beverage offerings.

Seatrade Med 2014 fascinates more than 4,000 visitors from more than 40 nations with exhibitors looking to develop affiliations with the cruise lines and broader travel activity.

Mohamed Dekkak