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Abu Dhabi expects 300,000 cruise passengers over the 2017/2018 season

Abu Dhabi is expecting to receive more than 300,000 passengers on cruise ships during the upcoming 2017/ 2018 cruise season. The emirate is expecting 148 port calls from 18 ships across 15 cruise lines throughout this period. The numbers are an eight per cent increase in ship calls compared to the record-breaking 2016/2017 season. Abu Dhabi is looking to attract 450,000 cruise passengers by 2020.

Abu Dhabi expects 300,000 cruise passengers over the 2017/2018 season

Abu Dhabi looks set to see another record-breaking cruise season over the upcoming 2017/2018 season. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is expecting to receive more than 300,000 passengers this season, which is a double-digit percentage increase in passengers compared to the 2016/2017 cruse season.

After a record-breaking 2016/2017 cruise season in Abu Dhabi, the emirate is looking to see 148 calls from 18 shops across 15 cruise line during the new season. This will be an eight per cent growth compared to the previous cruise season.

The majority of cruises to Abu Dhabi came through MSC Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. Last season, the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal received more than 13,000 cruise passengers from Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation ship throughout its six 12-15-night voyages. The Celebrity Constellation vessel will return to Abu Dhabi again this year, and MSC Cruises will bring its 3,900-passenger MSC Splendida ship.

Oxford Economics has recently released a forecasting report that predicts Abu Dhabi will receive more than 450,000 cruise passengers by 2020. This is expected to rise to 808,428 passengers by 2025.

Abu Dhabi’s cruise season runs from October to June every year, and thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to its attractions during day-trips or overnight stays. During a stay in the city, tourists of all ages can enjoy activities, tours and visits to modern and historic attractions and sights. These include Yas Marina Circuit, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina, Yas Waterworld, the Corniche, the Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, the Emirates National Auto Museum, and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The emirate will also open a new SeaWorld theme park on Yas Island in 2022.

As capital of the seven United Arab Emirates in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi has become a leading tourist and business destinations. The emirate is home to a variety of luxury hotels and resorts, exciting attractions, golden sand beaches and soaring sand dunes, world-class golf courses and diverse annual events.

Figures released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority revealed that the country received almost two million hotels guests between the months of January and May this year. The numbers were up four per cent compared to the same period in 2016. 

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