Port Abu Dhabi UAE welcomes 700,000+ cruise passengers in 2022-2023

   May 13, 2023 ,   Cruise Industry

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, which operates local and international cruise and leisure destinations, has reported a significant increase in the number of visitors and ship calls in the 2022-2023 season, making it the busiest cruise destination in the region.

The terminal registered 700,000+ visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi, with 82,000+ passengers starting their journey from Abu Dhabi as an embarkation port. The first quarter of 2023 was particularly strong, with 363,494 visitors and 120 calls recorded compared to 89,953 visitors and 60 calls in 2022-Q1. Passenger volumes for 2023-Q1 were more than the number of visitors for the full year of 2022 by over 37%.

The overall growth in season 2022-2023 was impressive, with 700,000+ tourists and 184 ship calls recorded, compared to 177,639 tourists and 130 calls in season 2021-2022. This rise reflects the predicted recovery of the UAE cruise industry post-COVID and the unwavering dedication of Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal.

Commenting on the achievement, Saif Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer Ports Cluster, AD Ports Group, said that the increasing number of visitors was "a testament to Abu Dhabi’s position as a world-class hub for maritime tourism" and the trust bestowed on them by their partners in the cruise industry "to deploy their latest and largest vessels to the region."

“Both Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach have evolved to offer an incredible and unique cruise experience for all guests, providing them with the opportunity to discover both the extraordinary attractions within Abu Dhabi and the natural beauty of Sir Bani Yas Island.”

Port of Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal was launched back in December 2015, providing a well-located base for cruise ship passengers, enabling them to explore the UAE capital. The terminal is furnished with duty-free shops, retail outlets, Etihad Airline check-in, baggage storage, and restaurants.