ABU DHABI Ports Company (ADPC) and Abu Dhabi’s Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) have unveiled the design of a new cruise terminal in Zayed Port, which is expected to become the next big landmark for cruise tourism in the Gulf.
Site preparation work for the new terminal, which will be capable of handling three cruise vessels simultaneously, has already begun with completion scheduled for 2016.
Sporting a combination of traditional Arabic ornaments, colours and shapes and modern architectural elements, the new terminal building pays tribute to the UAE’s long maritime history.
A highlight is the building’s roof design of lattice-work, which has drawn inspiration from the UAE’s national tree – the Ghaf. Wooden beams inside the building reflect the essence of the emirate’s traditional dhow.
Covering an area of 8,000 sq m, the new building includes all key passenger facilities, as well as a mezzanine level with souvenir shops, restaurants, office facilities and waiting areas for cruise staff. It will feature tourist information services and passport border control counters to ensure a smooth customs process.
“Our investment in a larger higher quality cruise terminal building recognises the fact that Abu Dhabi now features on a growing number of itineraries. This makes us very proud and keen to ensure that this important industry is fully catered for and encouraged,” said Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the CEO of ADPC.