Abu Dhabi Ports has inaugurated “Marsa Mina,” the city’s new waterfront lifestyle destination at Zayed Port, heralding the area’s transformation into an entertainment destination for international visitors and the local community.
Developed by Abu Dhabi Ports in collaboration with Danas Business Consultancy, Marsa Mina is a dynamic open-air quayside leisure attraction that provides a range of pop-up retail concepts, casual dining options and entertainment facilities.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of Abu Dhabi’s Cruise Terminal at Zayed Port, the waterfront destination is the first prominent landmark welcoming cruise ship visitors upon their arrival to the emirate.
Capt. Mohamed Juma Al-Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Ports Group CEO, said: “Marsa Mina is an exciting addition to the Abu Dhabi cruise experience and signifies our commitment toward developing Zayed Port as a unique leisure destination for the UAE community and for tourists arriving to the emirate via cruise ships.
“In addition to further promoting Abu Dhabi as a unique destination for leisure and business, the new waterfront is also envisioned to serve as a platform for entrepreneurial initiatives by providing small and medium-sized home-grown projects the opportunity to develop and promote their businesses. This project reflects our commitment to supporting the economic diversification in line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.”
Abdul Jalil Abdullah Al-Fahim, CEO of Danas Business Consultancy, said: “Through developing and in investing in Marsa Mina, we realize our vision to deliver a unique family-oriented destination, with plenty of engaging activities and entertainment to attract visitors and tourists, in addition to providing a diverse range of retail and dining options within an environment that pays homage to our rich maritime history and heritage.”
“We are delighted to provide people of determination with a platform to showcase their arts and crafts, as well as the opportunity to engage with the community through a dedicated retail space, in collaboration with people of determination care centers.”
Taking sustainability into account, and in keeping with the maritime environment, Marsa Mina has been constructed using recycled containers, which have been repurposed to provide retail and dining outlets. The project also includes recreational facilities and open spaces, in addition to a children’s play area.