The list of places to visit in Abu Dhabi has just gotten longer! On Thursday, 20th February 2020, Abu Dhabi Ports announced the inauguration of a new waterfront lifestyle destination!
Situated at Zayed Port, against the backdrop of Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal, is “Marsa Mina,” the city’s newest entertainment destination for citizens, residents, and tourists alike!
“Marsa Mina” Officially Opens at Zayed Port
Marsa Mina was developed by Abu Dhabi Ports in coordination with Danas Business Consultancy, WAM News Agency reported. It is an open-air leisure attraction offering unique retail concepts, a variety of dining options, and entertainment facilities.
Notably, Marsa Mina is the first prominent landmark that cruise ship passengers will see upon arriving at Zayed Port. Talk about an exciting welcome! Likewise, the sight of luxury cruise liners provides a dramatic backdrop for city dwellers hanging out at Marsa Marina.
Shopping, Dining, & Entertainment
What can we expect to see at Marsa Marina? Once completed, the area will include:
- Unique retail concepts for a delightful shopping experience,
- A variety of food trucks serving family-friendly dishes,
- Dedicated play areas for the little ones,
- Recreational facilities, open seating areas… and many more!
Interestingly, the retail and dining units at Marsa Mina will be built using recycled shipping containers. This is because the destination aims to reflect the city’s “maritime heritage,” while being eco-friendly and practicing sustainability as well!
As for the food trucks, visitors will enjoy sampling local and international flavours — from juicy burgers to specialty coffee — plus delectable desserts, of course!
The area will be holding different events from time to time, so there’s always something to look forward to! Marsa Marina is open 24/7, and did we mention that parking is free?!
Aside from the spectacular cruise view, visitors at Marsa Mina will enjoy gazing at the 1,163-metre art mural around the perimeter of Zayed Port’s walls, which showcase artworks by renowned local and international artists. There will also be artworks created from repurposed maritime equipment, virtually transforming the area into an open-air “maritime museum.”
An Exciting Addition to Cruise Experiences
“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,” stated Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Group.
“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 shared.
Al Shamisi explained that Marsa Marina reflects the commitment of Abu Dhabi Ports towards supporting the economy, in line with Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.
If you and your friends are looking for a new place to visit in Abu Dhabi, just head to Marsa Marina for a day (and night) of shopping, dining, and fun activities! On the other hand, if you are low on budget and seeking ways to save, here are some free things to do in Abu Dhabi that you will definitely enjoy!