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Dubai Cruise Tourism on Tuesday announced in a media statement that Dubai’s cruise season saw its busiest month so far in January 2015.
Mina Rashid accommodated an unprecedented five cruise ships at the same time on two occasions in January – a first in the terminal’s history – as well as welcoming Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the largest cruise ship to call in the GCC.
The cruise terminals in Mina Rashid welcomed over 30 ship calls, bringing over 150,000 cruise tourists to the emirate in just one month, including 26 hub ship calls from four cruise lines.
“January was a busy month for Dubai’s cruise industry and we’ve reached some real milestones and made significant progress towards our targets,” said Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Tourism.
“In 2014, Dubai received 358,000 passengers from 94 cruise ship calls, and the forecast for 2015 stands at 425,000 cruise tourists from 115 ship calls. With the total figure for January 2015 alone at 150,000 visitors, we’re confident that our 2015 target is achievable,” he added.
January 2015 saw major cruise lines visit Dubai, including Costa, Aida, TUI, MSC, Cunard, Phoenix Reisen, Fred Olsen and Holland America. The busiest week was January 25-31 with a total of 10 ships in port.
For the first time in its history, Mina Rashid twice catered to five cruise ships at the same time – on January 10 and 31 – representing approximately 50,000 cruise tourists. The Cruise Tourism Department arranged for a grand ceremony to welcome these international tourists with live band performances as well as entertainment events for all ages.
Bin Mejren commented further: “We’ve had a successful cruise season so far and we have further growth forecasted for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. The new terminal has enabled us to welcome even more ships than we’ve been able to in the past and this will have a significant impact on our cruise visitor figures.”
The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, inaugurated on December 11, 2014, is the world’s largest and most modern covered cruise facility, enabling award-winning Mina Rashid to handle complete passenger turnaround of five cruise vessels simultaneously, accounting for more than 25,000 passengers.
Dubai’s cruise offering features regular sailings out of the emirate, including five-, seven- and 14-night itineraries in the Gulf, while international cruise itineraries also set off from Dubai. Cruise travellers are able to enjoy a wide range of luxurious facilities on board, including a choice of restaurants, a wide range of sports as well as entertainment and activities for all the family. Cruises from Dubai can be booked via the cruise line websites or through numerous leading travel agents in UAE.
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