His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, officially opened the new Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal. His Highness toured the premises during the opening ceremony of the new terminal organised by Abu Dhabi Ports- the master developer, operator and manager of ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone in the Emirate..
Zayed Port’s new permanent terminal, a major landmark for cruise tourism in the Arabian Gulf, will serve as a major facilitator in boosting the cruise tourism sector which in turn will reflect on the Emirate’s economy. The state-of-the-art terminal will attract international cruise liners to home port at Abu Dhabi, making it their first destination stop within the region and allow passengers to enjoy a longer stay in the Emirate.
Commenting on this occasion, H.E. Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The new terminal is a testament to Abu Dhabi’s commitment to providing world-class infrastructure and services to support its growing tourism sector.
This facility will strengthen the city’s position as an international tourist destination, supporting the diversification of the emirate’s economy, in line with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030. Abu Dhabi Airports would like to congratulate the entire project team and the strategic partners on the successful completion of this project.”
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, pointed out that the design of the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal incorporates suggestions from international cruise operators and shipping lines to ensure the efficiencies of all current and future operations, “This is the first permanent cruise ship terminal in the region that provides integrated facilities and operations with international airport passenger check-in capabilities. Such efficiencies will attract more shipping lines to choose Abu Dhabi as their homeport.”
“Our collaboration with our strategic partners has attracted MSC Cruises, one of the top internationally recognised cruise lines to choose Abu Dhabi and Zayed Port as its homeport. This further encourages us to continue investing in building the Abu Dhabi cruise tourism offerings,” added Captain Al Shamisi.
Please refer to our Project references for full details of Affan’s role in the design, delivery and installation of the terminals envelope structure, where carbon fiber has played a key role in the external glass facade.