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Tuesday, 03 March, 2015, 11 : 30 AM [IST]

Dubai records over 150,000 cruise tourists in Jan 2015

Dubai’s cruise season saw its busiest month so far in January 2015. Dubai Cruise Tourism announced that the cruise terminals in Mina Rashid welcomed over 30 ship calls, bringing over 150,000 cruise tourists to the emirate in 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 January 10 and 31 – a first in the terminal’s history – representing approximately 50,000 cruise tourists, besides welcoming Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the largest cruise ship to call in the GCC, as per a release.

Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Tourism, said, “January was a busy month for Dubai’s cruise industry and we have 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 are 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 January 25-31 with a total of ten ships in port.

bin Mejren added, “We have had a successful cruise season so far and we have further growth forecasted for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. The new terminal has enabled us to welcome even more ships than we have 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.
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