Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach officially opened in Abu Dhabi
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach officially opened in Abu Dhabi. Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, offers cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism experiences. The Beach was officially inaugurated by His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).
Commenting on the occasion, His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi and TDIC said: “This unique cruise beach is unrivalled in the region and has been developed to meet the demand for a beach call addition to the itineraries of the world’s leading cruise lines.”
This remarkable cruise beach brings a unique opportunity to attract regional cruise itineraries and enhances cruise operators’ offering. It will play a vital role in increasing cruise passenger traffic that is estimated to grow by 9 percent in the 2016-17 season.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach was developed with the needs of cruise liners and passengers in mind; beginning with tailor made operational solutions, and ending with incorporating unique beach and wildlife activities. We are confident that this project will position Abu Dhabi competitively on the international cruise destinations map, consequently supporting the economic diversification vision of our wise leadership,” he added.
Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach is the Gulf region’s only dedicated desert island cruise stopover and was developed in keeping with the local culture and growing demand for world-class cruise infrastructure and experiences. It extends over a 1.3 km of land, with the capacity to double in size and scale to meet future demands of the market, boasting an extensive range of facilities and excursions that utilise the island’s beautiful wildlife and natural reserve, including eco-tourism wildlife tours and three luxury hotels on the Island itself.
The official launch of Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach coincided with the arrival of the 18-deck vessel, MSC Fantasia, which made Abu Dhabi Cruise terminal its winter-sun home and set sail to Sir Bani Yas with almost 4000 passengers who embarked on the beach for an unrivalled cruise beach experience. The Beach is expected to attract more than 60,000 passengers from 39 stopover cruise line calls in its first season alone.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said: “We have now become the first global cruise line to call at the Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, with our own MSC Fantasia. This is a key milestone for us as we continue to develop our offering in the Middle East, bringing our guests to new exciting ports of call, exotic destinations and luxury shore excursions during the winter season. The beautiful turquoise seas and busy, cosmopolitan ports in the region offer winter cruisers the perfect blend of culture, sightseeing, leisure activities and relaxation all whilst enjoying a distinctive MSC Cruises experience. With the introduction of MSC Fantasia in the region, our guests will enjoy one of our most modern ships, designed to meet the needs of a wide range of cruise guests, especially families”.
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