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Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal


Location Client Cost Completion
Zayed Port, Abu Dhabi, UAE Abu Dhabi Ports Company AED 80m / £15m 2015

Project details

The new building houses all of the key passenger facilities together with souvenir shops, restaurants and offices on a mezzanine level. It also features tourist information services and passport border control counters.

Traditional Arabic ornaments, colours, and shapes, combined with modern architectural elements, define the building’s distinctive style which celebrates the UAE’s cultural heritage and pays tribute to its long maritime history.

The roof design is a distinctive lattice structure, taking the ghaf, the country’s national tree, as inspiration, while wooden features inside reflect traditional dhow sailing vessels.

The new terminal is a testament to Abu Dhabi's commitment to providing world class infrastructure and services to support its growing tourism sector.

H E Ali Majed Al Mansoori Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports


  • design a permanent home for expanding Crusie Terminal operations in Abu Dhabi, catering for circa 3000 passengers
  • expand Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector and reinforce its position as a major global destination
  • attract more shipping lines to choose Abu Dhabi as their homeport
  • convert an existing stucture into a modern, sustainable facility


  • a major landmark building for cruise tourism in the Arabian Gulf
  • the first permanent cruise ship terminal in the region that provides integrated facilities with international airport passenger check-in capabilities
  • a dramatic re-use of an existing structure overlaid with modern materials and fittings providing a high quality user experience

Integrated services

architecture, interior design