Participation in Lisbon aims to reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading cruise destination in build-up to 2018/19 cruise season.


SeaTrade Cruise Med, the world’s largest cruise industry event, is all set to lay out it’s deck. And this year it will be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal and will run from the 19th – 20th  September.

Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), as part of the Cruise Arabia delegation, is set to attend the SeaTrade Cruise Med. The Abu Dhabi delegation will include Abu Dhabi Ports and Etihad Airways.  

Bringing together buyers and suppliers for a two-day conference, SeaTrade Cruise Med will welcome more than 26,000 registered attendees, over 160 exhibiting companies from 60 countries and more than 30 cruise line brands, in what has become the cruise industry’s epicentre of ideas, products, and services. The event will feature a showcase exhibition, conference and a full networking program.

The exhibition at Seatrade Cruise Med will see a mix of ports and destinations, tourism authorities, cruise associations, ground handlers, tour operators, port agents, technical equipment and hotel suppliers showcasing their products and services to the cruise industry.

Abu Dhabi’s participation in this international event is just one in a series of the initiatives aimed at further promoting the cruise tourism sector in the Arabian Gulf and positioning Abu Dhabi as the leading cruise destination in the lead-up to the 2018/19 cruise season.

Cruise Arabia is an umbrella organisation comprising DCT Abu Dhabi and the tourism authorities of Sharjah and Dubai, Abu Dhabi Ports and Etihad Airways, tasked with promoting cruise tourism in the region.

“Through this event, we aim to connect with our key holiday and cruise agents across Europe to establish Abu Dhabi as the stopover destination of choice within their cruise programmes. We look forward to meeting with cruise line operators and educate them about Abu Dhabi’s offerings which will hopefully increase our number of cruise visitors.” – Saeed Abdulla Al Dhaheri, Special Interests Tourism Manager, at DCT Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi is working towards becoming the leading cruise destination in the Middle East with over 329,000 cruise tourists visiting the city during the 2017 season. By participating in important events and networking forums, Abu Dhabi aims to attract an increasing number of vessels and passengers by raising awareness of its unmatched product offerings and attractions.

“Costa Cruises was the first cruise company in the world, together with our sister brand Aida Cruises, to start regular cruises in the Arabian Gulf back in 2006. Since then, Abu Dhabi has always been one of the main destinations for our cruises in the area, both as a transit port and as a home port. During the next winter season Costa Mediterranea will be in Abu Dhabi every Thursday for a two-day overnight call, while in winter 2019/20 we will deploy to Abu Dhabi our flagship Costa Diadema.” – Mario Alovisi, Vice President Revenue Management, Itinerary and Transportation at Costa Cruises.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s participation at SeaTrade Cruise Global is the first of a series of roadshows that it will participate in this year. It will be followed by SeaTrade Cruise Forum Middle East.


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