Cruise liner traffic bound for Abu Dhabi to grow 25 percent

03 Mar 2015

(MENAFN) An increase of 25 percent in cruise liners calling at Zayed Port will help to lift the number of cruise tourists by 50 percent this season, The National reported.

This season above 94 vessels are expected to bring 185,000 tourists, compared with 125,000 passengers arriving on 75 vessels over the previous period, Abu Dhabi Ports said.

Cruise tourists for the Middle East are mainly from Europe and UK, according to Abu Dhabi Ports. A recent survey showed that 57 percent of visitors were Germans, followed by Italians at 12 percent.

Abu Dhabi Ports said that new vessels arrived in Abu Dhabi between November and January. Most of the vessels are on Middle East tours, which include Dubai, Bahrain, Muscat, Khor Fakkan and Khasab.

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