Written by Ashley Waterman
The number of bookings taken by Abu Dhabi cruise travel companies will grow 59 per cent in the 2009-10 season, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has claimed.
According to the organisation, which is responsible for managing the tourism industry and promoting the destination internationally, there will be 199,113 visitors stepping ashore the UAE capital over the course of the season, compared with 125,200 last season.
Ahmed Hussein, deputy director general of the ADTA, said that the forecast is based on the assumption of a continuation of the 100 per cent occupancy rates achieved last season. Figures have been boosted by the arrival of Royal Caribbean International's new Brilliance of the Seas liner.
In May, Royal Caribbean also announced plans to establish a hub in Dubai offering week-long winter tours to five Gulf destinations, starting in 2010.
Such tours may offer a welcome break for those who have property in Dubai.