Abu Dhabi to expand cruise tourism

ABTA-LOGOAbu Dhabi, enthused by the market study commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, has announced its plans to make optimum use of the growing opportunities in the cruise tourism sector.

The study claimed that cruise tourism can hugely benefit the economic prospectus of the Abu Dhabi by creating more full time jobs and boosting business activities in the Al Ain and the Al Gharbia western region.

ABTA has said that a dedicated cruise terminal and a fully-fledged home port of Abu Dhabi are capable to attract at least 50,000 new visitors in the region annually. ADTA Chairman Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said that that a blue print for a sustainable cruise tourism development is being developed by the department.

Al Nahyan told, "There has been heightened interest among major cruise lines with respect to Abu Dhabi's cruise development as evidenced by an all-time high of about 150 ships calling at Mina Zayed this current cruise season."

Abu Dhabi is also ready to make its first appearance at the MATTA travel fair in Malaysia for promoting the city as a favorite tourism destination.