Abu Dhabi has charted new waters with the December 2015 unveiling of a state-of-the-art terminal at Zayed Port. The latticework roof is inspired by the UAE’s national tree—and just one example of how design elements gracefully nod to Arab influences. The facilities cater to a worldwide fleet of cruise ships, with increased capacity and compliance with Abu Dhabi’s environmentally minded development approach. It works hand-in-hand with the airport and border control agencies to make transit and arrival in Abu Dhabi
a breeze. In related news, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises now include Abu Dhabi on their itineraries, and some cruise ships are already dropping anchor at the Arabian Gulf’s first beach stopover port-of-call, located on Sir Bani Yas Island, and offering water sports and shore-based activities.