Concept design of Abu Dhabi cruise terminal ready

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By Staff  www.khaleejtimes.com

The model is being showcased by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) following an international design competition and design extensive industry stakeholder input.

An important element of the competition was the commitment to hire two leading Emirati architectural graduates, to join the project team for the development of the architectural design.

ADPC will be at Seatrade Med 2014,  September 16-18 with an Abu Dhai Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) delegation to promote the emirate’s first dedicated ‘Cruise Abu Dhabi’.

Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC, and Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, acting executive director Tourism, TCA Abu Dhabi, will reveal plans for Abu Dhabi’s terminal and outline a number of initiatives which are expected to boost the emirate’s cruise appeal.

The new concept design will presented to international audience with the help of a scale model and a video ‘fly-through’ which shows the facilities and style of the new building. Ground clearance for construction of the terminal is underway. Abu Dhabi’s cruise ambitions have also been boosted recently following new visa regulation initiative, which includes a Dh200 multi-entry cruise visa for the UAE.

“The new visa fee makes it much more affordable for operators to promote Arabian itineraries, of which Abu Dhabi is a key stopover,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri. “It is being well received by the industry and we will shortly assist operators further with the inclusion of a dedicated cruise promotion sector on our destination portal.” More info

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