Dubai to welcome more than one million cruise visitors this season

Published: 6 November 2019 - 12:30 p.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Dubai’s cruise season is gaining full steam as the emirate is expecting to welcome more than 200 ship calls and an estimated one million cruise visitors this season.

This year's cruise season commenced on October 19 with the arrival of TUI Cruises’ “Mein Schiff 5", carrying over 6,000 passengers.

This will now be followed by five maiden calls from leading international cruise liners throughout the season, including Costa Cruises’ "Costa Diadema", MSC Cruises’ "MSC Bellissima", Royal Caribbean’s "Jewel of the Seas", Croisieurope’s "La Belle Des Oceans", and TUI Cruises’ "Mein Schiff 6".

The cruise liners will homeport at Dubai’s Mina Rashid Cruise Terminal.

Hamad Bin Mejren, senior vice president, Dubai Tourism, said, "Last season, we witnessed remarkable growth in visitor footfall and international cruise liners opting to dock at the award-winning Mina Rashid cruise terminal. We anticipate another successful season with the arrival of TUI Cruises’ 'Mein Schiff 5', marking a significant step in our efforts to promote Dubai as a ‘must-visit’ cruise destination."

The 2019-2020 cruise season will also see increased efforts to promote cruise tourism in the region by the Dubai Cruise Committee, which comprises leading industry partners, including Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, DP World UAE Region, operator of Mina Rashid, Emirates Airlines, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai, and Dubai Customs.

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