RITIKA SHARMA / Emirates Business
Undeterred by the global speculation about dismal economic growth, Abu Dhabi Ports seems to be riding high on growth quotient this year, which is clearly based on the robust performance of the previous year.
Abdulkareem M. Al Masabi, Vice President – Ports Operations, Abu Dhabi, said that looking at the year-on-year double digit growth in all cargo sectors that Abu Dhabi Ports witnessed in 2015, the company is confident about its growth prospects in 2016, despite new challenges in the global economy. “Although many analysts predict that shipping industry will remain volatile in 2016, we will continue to build on our existing strength and achievements that we had in previous years,” said Al Masabi, in an exclusive conversation with Emirates Business.
“Delma Port’s infrastructure is being upgraded to include a ferry terminal and a marina with 160-boat capacity, improving service offerings to the community, encouraging water sports and stimulating local and regional tourism prospects,” Al Masabi pointed out.
The company is also working in cooperation with Tourism Development and Investment Authority (TDIC), Abu Dhabi, to develop the Sir Bani Yas Island’s beach front that is expected to be ready in the third quarter of 2016.
Reflecting the positive outlook for this year, the company is working towards developing the first-of-its-kind beach stopover in 2016. “The island already receives tourists and cruise passengers hosted by the temporary facilities. The aim is to position the Arabian Gulf’s first cruise beach stopover as an important ecotourism destination, reinforcing Abu Dhabi’s status as destination of eclectic tourist attractions,” he explained.
Al Masabi emphasised that Abu Dhabi Ports’ success is due to the ongoing investments in equipment, technology and workforce capabilities.
“Abu Dhabi Ports’ business focus is to deliver value to customers by supporting their thriving businesses through its integrated services and offerings. We are proud to be in a position to support the economic growth being witnessed in the Emirate and intend to continuously invest in enabling the nation’s maritime trade and industrial development in the coming days,” he stated.