Virgin Voyages to come to Gulf 'in time', says Branson

Cruise line will boast 'party' ships precluding children, Virgin Group founder says at The Retail Summit in Dubai
Virgin Voyages to come to Gulf 'in time', says Branson
By Lubna Hamdan
Thu 14 Feb 2019 02:02 PM

Cruise line Virgin Voyages, which was formed as a joint venture between the Virgin Group and majority shareholder Bain Capital, will come to the GCC ‘in time,’ according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.

Speaking at The Retail Summit in Dubai, the billionaire businessman said the cruise ships will be “party ships” excluding children.

“In time, our cruise ships will come down to this region which is obviously very beautiful,” he said.

“Sadly we have precluded children on the cruise ships. It will be a real party ship,” he added.

Branson said he had initially been uninterested in cruises and was not a fan of them.

“I’ve never been interested in going on a cruise [but] just talking with friends who have been on cruises, I just thought… we can create the kind of cruise ship that would be really fun to go on,” he said.

Branson is also chairman of Virgin Galactic, in which Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments (now under Mubadala) owns a 31.8 percent stake.

Speakers at The Retail Summit 2019 held in Dubai on February 13-14 also include chairwoman of Huda Beauty Huda Kattan, Balmain CEO Massimo Piombini, and Chalhoub Group co-CEO Patrick Chalhoub.

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