BAM International, the operating name for construction company Royal BAM Group outside of Europe, has been selected by Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer of ports and industrial zones in Abu Dhabi, to build new cruise jetty at Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.

The Sir Bani Yas Island is a tourist destination located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra Region. It is touted as the Arabian Gulf’s only dedicated cruise beach stopover destination.

Under the contract worth AED100m (€24.5m), BAM will be responsible for the design and construction of new cruise jetty, which is expected to double the visitor capacity at the Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.

The jetty will comprise an open-access trestle (350mx6m) extending to a piled berth platform (105mx15m).

In addition to featuring mooring dolphins, firefighting equipment, and solar lighting, the jetty will have an option to construct ten beach-control structures (groynes).

Scheduled for completion in fourth quarter of 2020, the scheme will accommodate two vessels in addition to providing 5,000 passengers with direct access to the southeast of the Sir Bani Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi Ports cruise terminal director Noura Rashed Al Dhaheri said: “Today’s announcement heralds an exciting new phase in the spectacular success of Abu Dhabi’s cruise business at Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.

“Our commitment to its ongoing development will help us significantly increase the total number of visitors to the island, and reduce the time it takes to move them to and from a vessel.”

Construction on the project is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

BAM International board chairman Eric van Zuthem said: “The new cruise jetty at Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach is our first project with Abu Dhabi Ports, and we look forward to commencing a long and successful relationship between our organisations.”

Illustration of new cruise jetty at Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach off the coast of Abu Dhabi. (Credit: BAM International bv)