A passenger ferry service between Abu Dhabi and other Gulf cities may soon become a reality, a port authority boss has said.
Mohammad Al Shamsi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADCP), said a shipping line has expressed an interest in starting the ferry service to other cities along the coast of the Arabian Gulf.
“The shipping line approached us and we encouraged them. They are looking into it,” he told Gulf News. "If they want, they can start the service immediately; the right infrastructure for such a service is already there... Definitely we could combine this infrastructure with the regional passenger ferry service.”
Major Gulf cities on the Arabian Gulf include Doha, Manama, Khobar and Kuwait City; Muscat, on the Gulf of Oman, is already popular with cruise liners.
“We do believe that there is a demand from neighbouring countries,” Al Shamsi added, pointing to the number of GCC visitors to the UAE, especially from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
“Imagine you are living in Kuwait and visiting the UAE. You drive to the port, park your car, take rest, [board the ferry], enjoy the scenery…and the following morning you are in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. It will be a relaxing experience instead of driving two thousand kilometres!”
ADCP manages nine non-oil and gas ports in Abu Dhabi emirate and has a dedicated terminal for cruise ships at Zayed Port, near the UAE capital. The shipping line’s name was not disclosed.