Cruise Season sets sail in Abu Dhabi

Vaccinated travellers are being invited to set sail from the UAE capital to embark on a fantastic voyage on the high seas after the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) unveiled its latest cruise offerings at the Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Miami, Florida.

With its world-class infrastructure, calm waters and almost year-round sunshine, Abu Dhabi is one of the world's premier destinations for sea cruises, reflected in the presence of leading cruise liner companies such as AIDA, Costa, MSC, Tui and more.

Now, more than 100 cruise ships are scheduled to call at the cruise terminals in Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi and Sir Bani Yas Island, which are owned and operated by AD Ports Group, the region's premier facilitator of maritime industry and trade.

At the annual Seatrade conference, which took place from September 27 to 30 this year, 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.

“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, 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 at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach with our world-famous Emirati hospitality. We have the best-in-class measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of passengers and crew, in line with Abu Dhabi's health and safety protocols”.