More than 100 ships set to call at Abu Dhabi as cruise tourism booms

Vaccinated travellers are being invited to set sail from the UAE capital after DCT Abu Dhabi unveils plans for new season

Vaccinated travellers are being invited to set sail from the UAE capital after the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) unveiled its latest cruise offerings.

Abu Dhabi is building a global reputation for cruise tourism as leading cruise liner companies such as AIDA, Costa, MSC and Tui are among more than 100 cruise ships scheduled to call at the cruise terminals in Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island this season.

The facilities are owned and operated by AD Ports Group, the region’s premier facilitator of maritime industry and trade.

At the annual Seatrade conference, DCT Abu Dhabi representatives, in partnership with AD Ports Groups and Tourism365, outlined the latest cruise offerings and explained why tourists should choose the emirate for their next seafaring adventure.

After a challenging year, the cruise industry is primed and ready to go with strict safety protocols to ensure that tourists are safe while enjoying their nautical adventures.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming travellers to Abu Dhabi and to see the resurgence of the sea cruise industry,” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba (pictured below), executive director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“Over the past few years, our cruise industry has witnessed unprecedented growth, allowing us to offer seafaring travellers unforgettable experiences when they visit the UAE capital. This year, we look forward to welcoming a host of cruise ships to our terminals and providing guests with the opportunity to discover both the amazing attractions within our emirate and its tranquil surrounding waters.”

Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri, managing director of Cruise Business at AD Ports Group, said: “We are excited to welcome vaccinated cruise passengers… and are confident that we are well prepared for the resumption of regular cruise activities in the emirate.”

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