Total of 21,411 tourists and 3,849 crew were on board the ships as Dubai confirms cruise tourism hub status
The cruise quay at Dubai's Rashid Port received four cruise ships simultaneously on Friday - Aida Stilla, Main Chef 5, MSC Splendida and Coasta Mediterrania - the first time this has been achieved.
The multiple arrivals confirm the port's readiness to meet the growing demand in the cruise tourism sector and the emirate’s plans to target a million cruise tourists by 2020, a statement said.
A total of 21,411 tourists and 3,849 crew were on board the ships, it added.
The emirate of Dubai received 157 cruise ships during the current season 2016-2017 which started last October and will continue until April.
This represents a 18 percent increase compared to last season which received 133 cruise ships. The number of cruise tourists grew 15 percent to reach 650,000 in 2016-2017 season.
Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO P&O Marinas and executive director Mina Rashid, DP World said that receiving four big cruise ships on a single day indicates the port’s ability to cope up with the growth in cruise tourism in Dubai.
"The port can receive seven cruise ships simultaneously on a 1,900m quay and capacity of 18,000 tourists through terminals 2 and 3. Cruise Terminal 3 is the biggest of its type worldwide with a capacity of 14,000 passengers,” he added.