Dubai Cruise Tourism today announced that Dubai’s cruise season saw its busiest month so far in January 2015. 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. Mina Rashid also accommodated 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.
Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Tourism, said: “January was a busy month for Dubai’s cruise industry and we’ve reached some real milestones and made significant progress towards our targets. 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.”
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 25-31 January with a total of ten ships inport. For the first time in its history,Mina Rashid twice catered to five cruise ships at the same time–on 10 and 31 January– 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.
Mr bin Mejren commented further: “We’ve had a successful cruise season so far and we have further growth fore casted 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 11 December 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.
About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the Emirate.
DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector; and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services, including hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Brands and departments within the DTCM portfolio include Dubai Convention and Events Bureau, Dubai Calendar, and Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (formerly known as Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment). In addition to its headquarters in Dubai, DTCM operates 20 offices worldwide.
About Dubai Cruise Tourism
Dubai Cruise Tourism is part of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and was established at the end of 1990s to position Dubai as a leading destination for cruise tourism and to maintain the Emirate’s current position as the cruise hub of the MENA region. Dubai Cruise Tourism has pioneered the development of the region as one of the world’s leading cruise tourism destinations and is working to further develop cruise tourism in the Emirate and increase the number of cruise travellers as part of the Dubai Tourism Vision for 2020.
The upcoming 2014-15 cruise season (which runs from October to June) sees Dubai acting as the home port of Costa, Aida and MSC, and when TUI and Royal Caribbean return to their traditional home in the Emirate within the next two seasons, Dubai will once again be the home port of five of the world’s leading cruise lines. With Dubai government’s long-term strategic focus on developing the cruise industry, the aim is to reach 450,000 cruise tourists annually by 2016, increasing from just over 386,000 in 2013.
Rashid Port’s proximity to the centre of the city and excellent transportation links mean that the attractions of Dubai are within immediate reach of cruise passengers. Investment in new infrastructure combined with guaranteed sunshine and warm weather; must-see attractions such as Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Al Arab; the desert and coastline; and the contrast between the ultra-modern skyline and the traditional souqs and heritage areas make Dubai an ideal cruise destination. For more information visit http://ct.dubaitourism.ae/