Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), the developer and manager of Zayed Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) declare last week that a plan to boost cruise ship tourism in Abu Dhabi was formulated.
The plan is to redevelop Zayed Port to elevate last season’s figures of 96 vessel calls and 155,000 passengers visited the port.
Under the plan, a permanent terminal building, a heritage area and a souk themed traditionally added with entertaining gimmicks for passengers and general public are the features included.
Heightening cruise business to the capital city is Abu Dhabi’s main tourism-related campaigns and Zayed Port has been the major point having the most of container traffic capacity.
The south-eastern end of the port berth, the end closest to Sheikh Khalifa Bridge of the Zayed Port is the areas of concentration to be reconstructed particularly for cruise liners and passengers.
“The new space will offer an immediate increase in capacity for the forthcoming season and space for further expansion in the future”, ADPC said as part of the announcement.
The cruise liner terminal project has several phases and the 1st phase will be completed October of this year. Phase 1 includes an area for 2 large cruise ships and one vessel.
The remaining phases will be expanded depending on the demands and market potential of the port.
“For more than 40 years, Zayed Port was the major lifeline for Abu Dhabi’s import/export trade, making it a vital port in the region.Now that all container traffic has shifted to Khalifa Port, the first semi-automated facility in the Middle East, we are looking forward to maximizing Zayed Port’s capacity, allowing us to focus on a growing cruise line business and reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a world class tourist destination”, an ADPC top executive stated.