As part of their ongoing efforts to take the Arabian Gulf cruise business to new heights, AD Ports Group has entered into an agreement with Diyar Al Muharraq and the Eagle Hills Diyar Company to explore opportunities to develop and operate new cruise infrastructure in the Kingdom of Bahrain .
Building on the country’s potential to become the fourth high-performing cruise destination in the Arabian Gulf, the first phase of the collaboration will include a series of feasibility studies aimed at identifying investment opportunities as well as developing new infrastructure and services.
In addition to finding a viable location for the proposed cruise terminal, which will greatly enhance Bahrain’s current cruise offering, AD Ports Group has also been given the responsibility of overseeing the day-to-day operations of the new facility upon completion.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Group CEO of AD Ports Group, said: “We are pleased to announce the start of our collaboration with Diyar Al Muharraq and the Eagle Hills Diyar Company, which marks the first step in a joint effort to modernize the Bahraini Cruise represents the offer and enhancement of the region’s attractiveness for the global cruise market.
“By leveraging our expertise as the long-standing engine of the Middle East cruise industry, we will help our partners in the initial exploratory efforts to identify opportunities for potential investments in infrastructure and industry-leading services and a viable location for the new cruise terminal and operation monitor after its development. “
As one of the increasingly popular cruise destinations in the region, Bahrain has seen a sharp increase in annual arrivals in recent years, with a record high of 130,778 passengers in 2019.
The development of a new cruise terminal in the country will not only increase the capacity to receive more passengers each year, but also strengthen the region’s unique cruise offering with a state-of-the-art and luxurious new facility. It will also raise the profile of the Persian Gulf as a major cruise corridor frequented by many of the world’s leading cruise lines.
Dr. Maher Al Shaer, Managing Director of Eagle Hills Diyar, said, “We are proud to partner with AD Ports Group to enhance the Kingdom’s reputation as a potential cruise destination. Our goal is to provide the right infrastructure to promote this partnership and to use this opportunity to present the kingdom prominently on the world map and to position the region as a first-class travel and leisure destination. “
Closely. Ahmed Al Ammadi, Diyar Al Muharraq’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are excited to partner with AD Ports Group, a regional leader in the logistics industry, to enhance the UK’s cruise offerings. As the largest real estate project in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Diyar Al Muharraq aims to highlight the potential growth in the tourism industry and develop new areas for investment in the Kingdom through meaningful and strategic partnerships across the region. “