By Sam Bridge
Marsa Mina is the first landmark welcoming cruise ship visitors upon their arrival to the emirate
Abu Dhabi Ports announced on Thursday the inauguration of Marsa Mina, the city’s new waterfront lifestyle destination at Zayed Port.
Developed by Abu Dhabi Ports in collaboration with Danas Business Consultancy, Marsa Mina is an open-air quayside leisure attraction that provides a range of pop-up retail concepts, casual dining options and entertainment facilities.
The waterfront destination is the first landmark welcoming cruise ship visitors upon their arrival to the emirate, state news agency WAM reported.
Captain 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 towards 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," he added.
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.
Marsa Mina also features a 1,163-metre art mural painted by a number of renowned national and international artists which is displayed around the perimeter of Zayed Port’s walls.