Abu Dhabi’s new cruise terminal design revealed

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Abu Dhabi revealed the plan of its new Cruise terminal building which presents contemporary in addition to conventional look captivating encouragement from the UAE’s national tree, Ghaf, while its roof has taken prompts from customary dhow.

Abu Dhabi’s new cruise terminal design revealed

Abu Dhabi’s new cruise terminal design revealed

Traditional Arabic stuffs, shades, and figures mixed with new architectural components classify the new building’s unique design which commemorates the UAE’s cultural legacy and gives compliment to its long marine history.

A specific striking is the building’s roof design which is a lattice-work, taking the UAE’s national tree, the Ghaf as encouragement. Wooden beams within the building take the idea from the UAE’s contemporary dhow sailing ships.

The plan was revealed by Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) presented the draft at the Sea trade Med 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.

Comprising 8,000 sqm, the new building will feature all key traveler facilities, including a mezzanine level with restaurants, office facilities, waiting areas for cruise staff and souvenir shops. It will comprise tourist information services and passport border control counters to guarantee that the customs procedure is timely, appropriate and smooth.

Ground approval work for the new terminal, which will be able of managing three cruise ships concurrently, has already started with a finishing point schedule approximated at 2016.

Previously, the UAE declared a new multiple entry visa which will make tourist tour between the UAE and nearby nations very much easier. The new multi-entry visa had been on coast lines ‘wish-list’ for a while as it will support the logistics when preparing routes/schedules around the Gulf nation.

Over and above state-of-the-art cruise amenities and complete infrastructure, ADPC lately commenced a loyalty programme for cruise ships calling at Zayed Port. The programme includes extraordinary home porting conditions and added incentives, making the stay for ship liners at Zayed Port even more alluring.

Abu Dhabi’s cruise passenger arrivals have amplified five-fold since the sector started in the emirate in 2007 with estimated arrivals this period reaching 200,000 travelers from 95 ship calls.

Mohamed Dekkak