Abu Dhabi Ports to build cruise ship terminal in Aqaba

Bakheet and Shamsi signing agreement
Bakheet and Shamsi signing agreement ( Photo: Handout from Abu Dhabi Ports Group)
AMMAN— The Aqaba Development Company and Abu Dhabi Ports Group signed two preliminary agreements Sunday, the first is for the construction of an advanced cruise ship terminal in “Marsa Zayed” in Aqaba, while the second concerns developing the Aqaba Port’s systems.اضافة اعلان

The cruise terminal when built will be the first Abu Dhabi Ports facility in Jordan and the first cruise ship terminal it builds outside the UAE. The two agreements were signed in Abu Dhabi during the visit of a Jordanian delegation headed by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Nayef Bakheet.

The cruise ship terminal is intended to be the main gateway to receive passengers visiting the Red Sea region and is intended to become “a magnet for Aqaba residents that provide a range of tourist, commercial, and leisure services,” a statement by the Abu Dhabi Ports Group said.

The second agreement is to implement an electronic port information system — Port Community System (PCS) — that aims to facilitate communication between all Aqaba port operators, the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority and the Aqaba Development Company, the Jordan Maritime Authority, customs, support services, and land operations.

“The construction and operation of the new cruise ship terminal in Marsa Zayed is a major achievement for the growing tourism and cruise sector in (Jordan). It is the first in a series of development projects that we intend to implement in the future,” said Mohamed Juma Al-Shamsi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, who expressed happiness at signing the agreement.

“We will employ our digital expertise in order to spread the digital port information system in the Aqaba Ports system, which helps in accelerating the processes related to the quality of business and raising the levels of trade exchange in Jordan," Al Shamsi said

For his part, Bakheet said: “We are pleased to cooperate with Abu Dhabi Ports, which has confirmed its ability to support and develop the maritime sector through its ambitious development plans and projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and around the world."

Bakheet said that the development of the cruise ship terminal in Aqaba is an important supporter for the growth of the tourism sector in the kingdom, which in turn will provide a wide range of facilities to service and facilitate the movement of passengers on board cruise ships visiting the golden triangle of Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Rum. The triangle is one of the most important tourist destinations in Jordan, and the project will contribute to the development of Jordan’s tourism product.

Hussain Al-Safadi, CEO of ADC, felt confident that cooperation with Abu Dhabi Ports will improve the Aqaba Port’s digital systems in order to provide the best services to keep pace with international standards in trade, shipping, and navigation, providing accurate data to all relevant parties and authorities.

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