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On property news: The Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi has been a key part of the UAE’s economic growth story. Launched in 1972, its emergence as one of the global maritime hubs reflected the country’s growing importance in global trade and commerce. However by 2012, the tide had turned and Khalifa Port replaced Mina Zayed as Abu Dhabi’s main port handling all container traffic.
The port facilities at Mina Zayed will now be converted into a cruise terminal. According to experts, the port has the necessary infrastructure to handle three to four cruise ships at one time.
A new state-of-the-art terminal building will be constructed with a souq and heritage area close by to attract tourists. The location of Mina Zayed close to the other tourist attractions of Abu Dhabi makes it convenient for cruise passengers.
The new terminal is set to be opened next year and is claimed to have all the trappings of a modern airport. The temporary cruise terminal which is functioning now has also been upgraded with souvenir shops and ATMs.
Mina Zayed expects around 100 cruise liners to dock here in the 2014 to 2015 season. Around 200,000 cruise passengers are likely to arrive at the port compared to around 196,000 visitors from 75 vessels in the last season.
There are also plans to develop a port in the UAE’s western region, a good property news, which can provide a one-day stopover for cruise liners coming to Abu Dhabi.
Despite halting its container operations, Mina Zayed continues to handle roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ships and general cargo. RORO ships carry wheeled goods like cars and trucks which use their own wheels to be moved from the ships rather than cranes.
• Mina Zayed in Abu Dhabi will launch a new cruise terminal
• All container traffic at the port were shifted to Khalifa Port
• Mina Zayed currently handles roll-on/roll-off and general cargo
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer