Dubai prepares for biggest cruise tourism season yet

DP World expects 115 luxury cruise ships from 22 cruise lines to berth at Dubai Cruise Terminal; new season starts on Oct 25
Dubai prepares for biggest cruise tourism season yet
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World.
By Staff writer
Mon 23 Oct 2017 03:55 PM

DP World said on Monday it is expecting 115 luxury cruise ships from 22 cruise lines to berth at Mina Rashid’s Dubai Cruise Terminal facilities over the coming season.

The Dubai Cruise Terminal at Port Rashid, operated by DP World, is a preferred port of call for 650,000 passengers on international cruise liners.

The new cruise season will start later this week with the arrival of the Seabourn Encore of cruise brand Seabourn Cruises.

Key to Dubai's cruise tourism targets is DP World’s Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal (T3) at Mina Rashid that is set to be the largest terminal in the world capable of handling 18,000 travellers every single day.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World, said: "With a goal to attract 20 million tourists a year by 2020, of which at least one million are expected to be cruise tourists, we are committed to providing facilities that are the best in the world and create a truly luxurious cruise experience catering to the tastes and sophistication of visitors."

Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mannai, executive director of Mina Rashid, added: "We’re expanding our facilities to accommodate more ships by adding new berths while developing our existing two-kilometre long berths in line with the demand from cruise operators. We’re also working on connecting our existing terminals with closed corridors equipped with the best in technology to maximise capacity and provide ease of access for passengers across the port."

Dubai Government has rolled out various initiatives to support the cruise tourism sector, making it easier and faster for tourists to process paperwork.

The Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs also implemented simplified visa procedures, including issuing multiple entry UAE visas exclusively for cruise tourists.

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