Dubai seeks to draw 1M cruise travelers a year starting 2020

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Dubai seeks to draw 1M cruise travelers a year starting 2020

Dubai seeks to draw 1M cruise travelers a year starting 2020

Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation Chairman, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said that United Arab Emirates would target cruises in accordance with its general 2020 objective to pull in 20 million visitors a year.

The expansion will, for the most part, originate from amplifying base at Mina Rashid, the region’s biggest cruise terminal, which will likewise incorporate building a marina for extravagant yachts.

“To make sure the facility attains its ideal limit capacity and to further expedite travelers’ entrance to the terminals, more compartments are being assigned, existing terminals are being connected through a system of cutting edge tubes and an extra terminal is currently being created,” said Mr bin Sulayem, who is also the CEO and Chairman of DP World.

The world’s biggest cruise port is in Miami, which had about 5 million multi-entry travelers a year ago.

Dubai has been relentlessly expanding its cruise destination capacity, pulling in more than 500,000 travelers in the 2015-16 season, a 33 percent addition from the past period.

Also, the emirate hopes to develop by another 30 percent in 2016 – 2017 season, with 155 cruise ship vessels holding 650,000 individuals, in view of pre-bookings.

The technique was talked about by key authorities who included Mr bin Sulayem, the director general of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing Chief General Mr. Hilal Saeed Al Marri, Dubai Customs Chief Mr. Ahmed Mahboob, and officials from Emirates airline.

Abu Dhabi, then, expects a 7 percent increment in cruise travelers in the 2016-17 season to 220,000 with the expansion of new terminal at Sir Bani Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi Ports is building up the island stopover, anticipated that it would be in operation in the not so distant future, which will likewise incorporate new promenades, restaurant and guest facilities.

“The Arabian Gulf’s addition of the very first committed cruise beach stopover at Sir Bani Yas Island adds weight to Abu Dhabi’s unique and diversified shore trip opportunities,” said the acting official executive of tourism at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, Sultan Al Dhaheri.

More than 22 million individuals took a journey in 2014 according to trade organization Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

 

Mohamed Dekkak

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