Abu Dhabi cruise season begins
Abu Dhabi, November 17, 2013
Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), the master developer of ports and industrial zones, has announced that the new cruise season 2013/2014 at Zayed Port will begin on November 19.
With a total of 75 scheduled vessel calls and more than 100,000 passengers from all over the globe, Zayed Port looks ahead to a promising five and a half month long tourist season.
With the start of the new season, the first phase of the cruise terminal’s development has now been successfully completed, offering new facilities and accommodation for two large cruise ships and one small vessel.
The upcoming development phases of the cruise terminal focus on a state-of-the-art terminal building and a traditionally themed souk and heritage area, with activities for both passengers and the general public, a statement said.
Mohamed Al Shamisi, acting CEO, ADPC, said: “This cruise season will be exceptionally busy, and we look forward to welcoming the passengers to Zayed Port in the months ahead. We believe that our significant investment in improved facilities, additional security measures and improved direct access will enhance our visitors’ experience and increase Abu Dhabi’s appeal as an attractive destination.”
In this context, ADPC and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA) have expressed their strong support for the upcoming Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum Abu Dhabi which will take place from December 9-11.
The Forum is a key industry event, offering an excellent platform to discuss opportunities and challenges related to the development of cruise tourism.
The new air-conditioned cruise terminal at Zayed Port covers 1,600 sq m and features a wide range of tourist friendly facilities including a central dedicated visitor’s information desk managed by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA).
Eight passport border control counters equipped with eye scanners guarantee fast and smooth processing times while a tourism police, immigration and customs office ensure safety and assistance on arrival and departure. – TradeArabia News Service