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Abu Dhabi to lift ban on cruise ships in September

 

DUBAI – After an 18-month ban, cruise ships will be able to dock in Abu Dhabi starting on September 1, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT).

According to DCT, passengers must be vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to be allowed entry into the capital.

Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri, managing director of cruise business for Abu Dhabi Ports, said that terminals will also undergo daily sterilization activities.

Passengers and crew must undergo PCR testing before embarking on a cruise, Al Dhaheri said.

Meanwhile, Ali Al Shaiba, DCT executive director, said the decision to reopen the capital to cruise ships is aimed at boosting Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector and to strengthen its position as a “world-class hub for maritime tourism”.

Cruise ships were banned from Abu Dhabi in 2020 after these were identified as hotsports for Covid-19 transmission. Prior to the pandemic, cruise ships brought 500,000 tourists to Abu Dhabi in 2019.

According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, only vaccinated people should travel, and if Covid-19 cases go over a certain level on cruise ships, then the ship is required to return to the port of embarkation. ICA/Expat Media


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