06/12/2021 – Maritime / AD Ports / Diyar Al Muharraq / Eagle Hills Diyar Company / Bahrain / Cruise / Gulf
AD Ports Group, Diyar Al Muharraq, and Eagle Hills Diyar Company collaborate to accelerate Gulf cruise business
The three parties are to work closely to enhance Bahrain’s cruise infrastructure with prospective development of new cruise terminal.
As part of its continued efforts to elevate the prospects and potential for advancing Arabian Gulf’s cruise business, Abu Dhabi logistics giant AD Ports Group has inked an initial agreement with leading real estate development companies Diyar Al Muharraq and the Eagle Hills Diyar Company to investigate 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 initial stage of the collaboration will involve a series of feasibility studies aimed at identifying avenues of investment, as well as the development of new infrastructure and services.
In addition to locating a viable site for the proposed cruise terminal, which will substantially enhance Bahrain’s current cruise offerings, AD Ports Group has also been awarded the responsibility of overseeing the new facility’s daily operation upon its completion.
Joint effort to modernise Bahrain’s cruise offering
“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 of a joint effort to modernise Bahrain’s cruise offering and enhance the region’s draw for the global cruise market,” enthused Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamsi, Group CEO, AD Ports Group.
“By leveraging our expertise as a long-standing driver of the Middle East’s cruise industry, we will aid our partners through the initial exploratory efforts to identify avenues of potential investment in infrastructure and industry-leading services, as well as locate a viable site for the new cruise terminal, and will oversee its operation once developed.”
Elevating Arabian Gulf’s profile as a vital cruise corridor
As one of the region’s increasingly popular cruise destinations, Bahrain has witnessed a sharp increase in annual arrivals in recent years, observing a record high of 130,778 passengers in 2019.
The development of a new cruise terminal in the country will not only increase its capacity to receive more passengers each year, but also strengthen the region’s unique cruise offering with the addition of an ultra-modern and luxurious new facility. It will also elevate the Arabian Gulf’s profile as a vital cruise corridor that is frequented by many of the world’s leading cruise line operators.
Putting the Kingdom on the cruise destination map
Dr Maher Al Shaer, Managing Director of Eagle Hills Diyar, said his company was proud to be partnering with AD Ports Group to accelerate the Kingdom’s standing as a potential cruise destination. “We aim to offer the correct infrastructure to push this partnership forward and capitalise on this opportunity to prominently feature the Kingdom on the global map, positioning the region as a premier travel and leisure destination,” he noted.
Likewise, Eng. Ahmed Al Ammadi, CEO of Diyar Al Muharraq, said his firm was delighted to be partnering with AD Ports Group – a regional leader in the logistics industry – to elevate the Kingdom’s cruise offerings. “As the largest real estate development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Diyar Al Muharraq aims to highlight the potential growth in the tourism industry and develop newer areas for investment in the Kingdom through meaningful and strategic partnerships across the region,” he stated.