By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The area includes a development space dedicated to Abu Dhabi entrepreneurs and start-ups
Abu Dhabi Ports has begun construction work on the city’s new Marsa Mina waterfront space in Mina Zayed, which is scheduled to be completed and opened to the public in the first quarter of 2020.
Located next to the Abu Dhabi cruise terminal, Marsa Mina, is designed to offer tourists “a more exciting” entry into the city after they arrive by ship.
Once completed, the area will feature a diverse mix of food trucks and retail spaces, family entertainment, playgrounds and open seating areas. The site’s retail units will be constructed from recycled shipping containers.
“The introduction of Marsa Mina will not only draw increased footfall from both international visitors and members of the local community but will widen the exposure of Abu Dhabi’s cruise culture to the global market,” said Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Captain Al Shamisi said that the “plethora of attractions available onsite will deliver an unforgettable experience for all those who visit the new waterfront.”
Additionally, Captain Al Shamisi said that Abu Dhabi Ports has set aside a development space dedicated to entrepreneurs and start-ups in a bid to help promote the growth of SMEs in Abu Dhabi.
“Businesses who are keen on establishing themselves in the port can expect a streamlined registration process,” he added.
Marsa Mina will also showcase works of art created from reused maritime equipment to give the area the feeling of a maritime museum.