Following the recent signing of an outline agreement, AD Ports Group is to work with the Aqaba Development Corporation to establish a state-of-the-art cruise terminal at Marsa Zayed in Aqaba. It will be the first port facility to be developed by the Abu Dhabi group in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its first cruise facility outside of the United Arab Emirates.
The new terminal is expected to serve as a regional gateway that will receive cruise ships passengers visiting the Red Sea region. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group, said: “The creation and operation of a new cruise terminal at Marsa Zayed will be a milestone for Jordan’s fast-growing cruise and tourism sector and is the first of many enhancement projects that we have planned.”
A further agreement was also signed for the Group’s digital arm, Maqta Gateway, to manage the implementation of an advanced Ports Community System (PCS), which will oversee communication between Aqaba ports and terminal operators, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA), Aqaba Development Corporation, Jordan Maritime Commission, customs, support services and on-land connections for the Port of Aqaba
In addition, AD Ports Group has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) to promote increased cooperation between the two organisations within the fields of transportation and maritime. Set for an initial period of 12 months, with a clause for automatic renewal, the MoU will see the exchange of expertise and best practices by both organisations. Additionally, AD Ports Group will conduct feasibility studies on the management and operation of the GCPI ports and economic zones and other infrastructure, while also exploring potential investment opportunities.