Busy season for Dubai’s cruise industry

Dubai welcomes biggest cruise numbers
Dubai welcomes biggest cruise numbers

Dubai’s Cruise Tourism is on a high. The current season witnessed 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 in a 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 as well as welcomed Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.

Hamad bin Mejren, executive director, Dubai Tourism, said: “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.

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