Abu Dhabi Port Cruise Terminal covers an area of 535 hectares and contains 21 berths with depths ranging from 6 to 15 metres and a total berth length of 4,375 metres. It’s one of four major ports in the emirates.

This project involved the construction of a proposed cruise terminal at the Abu Dhabi Zayed Port district. The civil works included some pavement and roadworks, stormwater drainage and sewerage (foul drainage) design. The project was proposed in the heart of the existing Port infrastructure. This raised several challenges with the presence of existing services and infrastructure.

Project Value:
AED 80 Million
Year Completed:
2014 – 2016
Abu Dhabi Ports Company

RBG Client:
BDP Architects
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Construction Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

Key technical challenges

RBG were involved in the preliminary stages of the civil and structural design of the proposed development including developing a co-ordinated solution to overcome the challenges presented by the existing site conditions.

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