Revealed: inside the launch of Nakheels Palm cruise tours

State-owned developer hopes to tap tourism dollars with launch of cruise business
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Nakheel launched its cruise ship service to ferry tourists around the Palm Jumeirah on Jan 15
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The state-backed developer said it plans to offer further cruise lines and diving packages in the future
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The ‘Cruise with Nakheel’ service will offer trips for groups of up to 12, 15 and 30 people
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Prices for the service start from AED1,000 per boat, depending on the size of the vessel
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The service will operate daily from 9-5pm and lasts one hour
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Future packages are expected to include tours of the World islands, night cruises and diving packages, said Nakheel
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Tourists on the cruise can choose from one of three boats including an 80-ft double-decker Houseboat
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Nakheel has hinted it may look to reposition the World islands as a tourist attraction through renting out the islands for private events and offering cruises around the project
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The cruise service will use boats already owned by the company meaning the tourist package will require minimal start-up costs, said Nakheel
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Tourists will be able to see a whole host of Palm Jumeirah attractions such as The Atlantis Hotel during the cruise
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The interior of the 80-ft double-decker Houseboat
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The Houseboat can accommodate up to 30 people
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Saeed Harib, the CEO of Nakheel’s leisure arm
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Nakheel's cruises will enable visitors to view the villas along the frond of the Palm Jumeirah
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Saeed Harib, the CEO of Nakheel Marine and Leisure
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The cruise service is already being marketed across Dubai’s luxury hotels
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Other smaller boats include a 38-ft or 52-ft motor boat
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The service will be available for tourists from Jan 16, said Nakheel
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'Cruise with Nakheel' was launched days after the firm unveiled details of a retail and residential project on Palm Jumeirah
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The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah will be its first real estate project since the collapse of Dubai’s property market in late-2008
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Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah and World projects became synonymous with Dubai's five-year real estate boom
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The new cruise service will provide "good revenues" for the developer, said Saeed Harib
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Future cruises may include areas around the Lagoon in front of the Mina Seyahi and Dubai Marina, said Nakheel
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Nakheel expects to operate between two and three trips a day