DCT Abu Dhabi backs maritime sector rebound with best-in-class cruise offers

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has unveiled its latest cruise offerings at the Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Miami, Florida allowing vaccinated travelers to sail from the UAE capital to embark on a magnificent adventure on the high seas.

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

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.

During the annual Seatrade conference, which took place from 27 to 30 September this year, DCT Abu Dhabi presented the latest cruise offerings and explained why tourists should choose the emirate for their next seafaring adventure. The cruise industry is primed and ready to go after a hard year, with strong safety standards in place to ensure that passengers are safe while enjoying their maritime excursions.

Ali Hassan Al Shaiba
Ali Hassan Al Shaiba Executive Director
Tourism & Marketing
DCT Abu Dhabi

“We are thrilled to be welcoming travelers to Abu Dhabi and to see the resurgence of the sea cruise industry. Over the past few years, our cruise industry has witnessed unprecedented growth, allowing us to offer seafaring travelers 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.”

Ms. Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Cruise Business at AD Ports Group noted that they are excited to welcome vaccinated cruise passengers at the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach with its world-famous Emirati hospitality. It has 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 and is confident for the resumption of regular cruise activities in the emirate.

Ms. Roula Jouny, Executive Director for Tourism365 said, “The addition of these new cruise experiences strengthens Abu Dhabi’s position as a one-of-a-kind destination that boasts a wide variety of unique and remarkable offerings. At Capital Experience, we seek to provide our partners and clients with seamless and memorable experiences, and by working closely with DCT Abu Dhabi, we are able to deliver on this promise.”

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