Abu Dhabi Ports has entered into a long-term agreement with MSC Cruises, giving the privately-owned cruise line berthing rights at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach. The deal reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as one of the leading Middle East cruise hubs and is expected to bring 1.3 million visitors to the emirate over the duration of the agreement.
Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal has reported significant growth over the last 12 months, posting a 47% rise in passenger numbers and a 45% rise in vessel calls. The terminal’s bumper year was due in part to MSC Cruises’ decision earlier this season to include 17 new calls at Zayed Port.
Noura Rashid Al Dhaheri, Cruise Business Director, said: “Our success in substantially boosting passenger volumes year on year demonstrates our commitment to develop a world-class cruise destination. With investment in infrastructure, enhanced operations and services to serve the cruise liners arriving in Abu Dhabi, we have cemented our position as the leading destination in the Gulf region.”