The Aqaba Cruise Terminal in Jordan has been inaugurated by Global trade, logistics, and transport enabler in the UAE, AD Ports. The terminal is a joint venture between AD Ports and Aqaba Development. It aims to bolster the city’s position as a regional tourism center. As a result, it is also known as the gateway to The Red Sea.
The Aqaba Cruise Terminal is the first and only cruise terminal in Aqaba. Furthermore, it is the only terminal that coincides with the arrival of the cruise vessel MSC Splendida which carries well over 2,000 visitors to Jordan.
The Aqaba Cruise Terminal to dock 50 vessels by Q1 2023
The brand-new terminal marks the launch of the first of five strategic mega-project that is currently in the development planning stages. The mega-project is being planned between the Aqaba Development Corporation and AD Ports Group. In a nutshell, the project strives to advance the coastal city’s tourism, transport as well as logistics sectors.
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The project thus offers passengers a world-class facility for international cruises. In addition, the terminal caters to travelers looking to visit Jordan, especially within the Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaa regions.
Under the agreement terms with Aqaba Development Corporation, the Aqaba Cruise Terminal’s development and management will in the expert hands of AD Ports. Additionally, the firm will also be responsible for the terminal’s operation. Over the next four months, the Aqaba Cruise Terminal expects approximately 50 vessels to dock.
A result of strategic partnership and active cooperation
The UAE Ambassador to Jordan said that the Aqaba Cruise Terminal Project is a result of strategic partnership and active cooperation between Jordan and the UAE. Khalifa bin Mohammed bin Khalid al Nahyan further added that both countries serve as model examples of wisdom, reason, and most importantly, collaboration.
However, in a number of fields, the UAE is a key strategic partner for Jordan. Furthermore, it is keen to propel mutual investment as well as economic cooperation to greater heights.