Cruises set to return to Abu Dhabi

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  • In 2019, around 500,000 cruise visitors had arrived in the Emirate’s ports, marking a 46 percent increase compared to 2018

  • Abu Dhabi is also witnessing the development of several landmark projects

Come September, Abu Dhabi will welcome cruise liners back after months of closure in 2020 due to the COVID-19 precautionary measures.

In 2019, around 500,000 cruise visitors had arrived in the Emirate’s ports, marking a 46 percent increase compared to 2018. Similarly, the number of cruise calls witnessed a rise of 43 percent in 2019 to reach a total of 192.

“We are delighted to welcome all cruise liners back to Abu Dhabi after a challenging year,” said Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT).

“This comes as part of the efforts to enliven the Emirate’s tourism sector after the impressive results we have achieved in combatting the spread of the pandemic,” he added. 

Abu Dhabi is also witnessing the development of several landmark projects, such as Al Qana, the 2.4- kilometre canal project, the world’s first Warner Bros Hotel, Waterfront of Al Qana, near the Grand Canal, the largest aquarium in the Middle East and Snow Abu Dhabi – the world’s largest indoor snow park measuring 11,660 square metres, all set to open later this year.

 

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