ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) have unveiled the design of Zayed Port’s new cruise terminal building.
Ground clearance work for the new terminal, which will be capable of handling three cruise vessels simultaneously, has already begun with a completion timetable anticipated at 2016, it was announced at the Seatrade Med 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
Traditional Arabic ornaments, colours, and shapes combined with modern architectural elements define the new building’s distinctive style which celebrates the UAE’s cultural heritage and pays tribute to its long maritime history, a statement said.
The building’s roof design is a lattice-work, taking the UAE’s national tree – the Ghaf as inspiration while wooden beams inside the building take inspiration from the UAE’s traditional dhow sailing vessels.
Earlier this year, the UAE announced a new multiple entry visa which will make tourist travel between the UAE and neighbouring countries significantly easier.
The new multi-entry visa had been on cruise lines ‘wish-list’ for some time as it will help the logistics when planning itineraries around the Gulf region.
Capt Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC, saiid: “ADPC and its partners TCA Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman established ‘Cruise Arabia’ at the end of 2013, as an initiative which promotes the Gulf region as an attractive tourist destination and brings the partners together to combine forces to make the cruising experience for tourists and cruise staff as comfortable as possible.
ADPC recently introduced a loyalty programme for cruise vessels calling at Zayed Port. The programme includes special home porting conditions and further incentives, making the stay for cruise liners at Zayed Port even more attractive.
Abu Dhabi’s cruise passenger arrivals have increased five-fold since the sector began in the emirate in 2007 with anticipated arrivals this season reaching 200,000 passengers from 95 vessel calls.