Abu Dhabi is poised to become the regional hub for ‘Halal Cruising’, delegates heard on the final day of the 2016 Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum, taking place in the UAE capital.

That was the strong message delivered by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) to senior cruise line executives, tourism authorities, industry stakeholders and global tour operators at the event discussing the development of cruising in Abu Dhabi and the Arabian Gulf, which concludes today (Wednesday, 14 December) at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island.

“We have identified the ‘Halal Cruising’ segment as a new source market to support our ambitions to grow Abu Dhabi’s cruise passenger numbers to over 800,000 by 2025,” said Mubarak Al Shamisi, Director of Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, during a panel discussion exploring how to expand source markets for Arabian cruise products.

“We believe our culture, heritage and product base has great appeal with the Muslim traveller and the expansion of this product mix into the cruise segment is a natural progression to attract Muslim passengers from our key cruise markets, and stimulate regional and home-grown demand for Abu Dhabi cruises.”

Abu Dhabi’s international cruise tourism passengers are predominately […]