Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi has been honoured with four accolades at the 2023 World Cruise Awards. The emirate has been awarded as both the World’s Best Cruise Destination and Middle East’s Best Cruise Destination, while Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal at Zayed Port operated by AD Ports Group has been announced as both the World’s Best Cruise Terminal and the Middle East’s Best Cruise Terminal. The four awards are a testament to Abu Dhabi’s position as a cruise destination of choice, highlighting the emirate’s world-class facilities and Emirati hospitality. The awards were announced recently at the World Cruise Awards’ Gala Ceremony, hosted at Atlantis The Royal, in Dubai. H.E. Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, Director General of Tourism at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The global and regional accolades emphasise Abu Dhabi’s commitment to providing memorable and authentic experiences to cruise tourists. Emirati hospitality awaits cruise visitors sailing the Arabian Gulf, and Abu Dhabi’s blend of tradition and modernity has made it not only the top choice in the region, but a renowned global option for visitors captivated by Abu Dhabi’s diverse destination offerings.” Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri, Chief Executive Officer – Cruise Business, AD Ports Group, said: “With a spotlight on the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal at Zayed Port, voters recognised the facility’s excellence in customer service, state-of-the-art facilities, and seamless operations. The terminal’s evaluation was based on passenger satisfaction, safety measures, and innovative services which reaffirms AD Ports Group’s Cruise Business’s position as a world-class cruise terminal developer and operator. A beacon of excellence, setting new standards in the cruise industry.” Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal at Zayed Port has witnessed remarkable growth, welcoming over 600,000 visitors to Abu Dhabi. The first quarter of 2023 alone showcased a strong performance, with 363,494 visitors and 120 calls, a significant increase from the previous year. Abu Dhabi’s recognition as a global cruise destination also reflects the dedication to offering new and unique experiences, available throughout the year – further enhanced by strategic partnerships, such as the collaboration between MSC Cruises and Formula 1. This collaboration will bring the region’s first F1 Cruise concept to the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal at Zayed Port during the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, returning this November. Additionally, the 2023-24 cruise season will witness renowned cruise liners, including those from luxury, as well as mega ships, making use of the exclusive offerings of Al Dhafra Region’s Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach. To know more about Abu Dhabi’s cruise offerings, please visit: https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/plan-your-trip/cruises. About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and its creative industries, fuelling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought. For more information about DCT Abu Dhabi and the destination, visit dct.gov.ae and visitabudhabi.ae About AD Ports Group: Established in 2006, AD Ports Group today serves as one of the world’s premier facilitators of logistics, industry, and trade, as well as a bridge linking Abu Dhabi to the world. Listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX: ADPORTS), AD Ports Group’s vertically integrated business approach has proven instrumental in driving the emirate’s economic development over the past decade. Operating several clusters covering Ports, Economic Cities & Free Zones, Maritime & Shipping, Logistics, and Digital, AD Ports Group’s portfolio comprises 30+ ports and terminals, and more than 550 square kilometres of economic zones within KEZAD Group, the largest integrated trade, logistics, and industrial business grouping in the Middle East. AD Ports Group is rated A+ by S&P and A+ Outlook Stable by Fitch. For more information, please visit: adportsgroup.com