Abu Dhabi receives record number of cruise visitors

Abu Dhabi receives record number of cruise visitors

More than 700,000 cruisers arrived at Abu Dhabi in the 2022-23 season

The 2022-23 season at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal recorded more than 700,000 visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi and 184 calls, compared to 177,639 visitors and 130 calls in the 2021/2022 season.

In addition, more than 82,000 passengers started their journey from Abu Dhabi as an embarkation port.

The first quarter of 2023 was particularly strong; 363,494 visitors and 120 calls were recorded compared to Q1 of 2022, which saw 89,953 visitors and 60 calls. 

Passenger volumes for Q1 2023 also surpassed the number of visitors accommodated for the full year of 2022 by more than 37%.

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Commenting on the performance, AD Ports Group CEO (Ports Cluster) Saif Al Mazrouei said: "The increasing number of visitors is a testament to Abu Dhabi’s position as a world class hub for maritime tourism and the trust bestowed on us by our 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." 


Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi director general Saleh Al Geziry added: "Tourism is a driving force of Abu Dhabi’s economic progress and prosperity, with the growing attractiveness of the emirate to cruise passengers playing a significant role in its success.

"The solid performance from the 2022-23 season demonstrates the rapid development of this visitor segment and showcases the effectiveness of our robust growth strategy for cruise travel in Abu Dhabi."

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