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Cruise ship terminal opens in Aqaba

Abu Dhabi AD Ports Group Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority  ASEZA
(Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Deputizing for Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Local Administration Tawfiq Kreishan inaugurated a cruise ship terminal in Aqaba on Monday during a ceremony attended by United Arab Emirates ambassador to Jordan Sheikh Khalifa bin Muhammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan.اضافة اعلان

The ceremony coincided with the docking of the cruise ship MSC Splendida with over 2,000 tourists on board, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The new Aqaba cruise ship terminal is the first of five mega strategic ventures in the pipeline between the Abu Dhabi AD Ports Group — a world-class ports, logistics, and trade operator — and the Aqaba Development Company to boost the tourism, logistics, and transport sectors in the port city.

Kreishan and the envoy listened to a briefing by Managing Director and CEO of AD Ports Group, Mohamed Juma Al-Shamsi, on the various facilities and services provided by the terminal to meet the needs of foreign tourists arriving in the Kingdom.
More than 50 ships are scheduled to dock at the terminal over the next four months, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the destination
The opening ceremony was attended by President of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Nayef Fayez, Aqaba Development Company CEO Hussein Safadi, and other officials.

Bringing tourists to the Golden TriangleAs part of the agreement with the Aqaba Development Company, AD Ports Group will develop, manage, and operate the cruise ship terminal for passengers on board cruise ships who look to visit such attractions as the Golden Triangle consisting of Aqaba, Petra, and Wadi Rum.

More than 50 ships are scheduled to dock at the terminal over the next four months, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the destination, known for its warm and sunny winter weather.

The UAE ambassador said that the cruise ship terminal is one of the outcomes of cooperation and strategic partnership between his country and Jordan.


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