Dubai will receive 157 cruise ships during the current cruise tourism season 2016-2017, which started in last October and will continue until next April.
This means a 16% increase compared to last season which received 134 cruise ships.
It is expected that Rashid Port will receive 650,000 cruise tourists which means a 30% increase over the same period of last year.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World said:
“The strategic plan to attract a million cruise tourists by 2020 is on track following a clear road map. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai is closely following up on this to make sure Dubai and the UAE become a regional and international hub for cruise tourism”.
“Thanks to His Highness’s vision, Dubai goes the extra mile to be a top tourist destination. Next year, work will start to connect cruise terminal 2 and 3 with a 465m bridge and the number of quays will be increased.
The current quays will be expanded and an additional terminal will be built for more capacity to accommodate the increasing number of cruise ships”. More info