Dubai cruise season resumes with 500,000 visitors expected



The winter cruise season in Dubai has started with the arrival of a luxury liner that will use the emirate as its home port.

TUI Cruise Line Mein Schiff 6 arrived on October 23 at the Hamdan bin Mohammed cruise terminal in Mina Rashid.

As 2,000 passengers and crew disembarked from the ship, they were greeted by dancers performing the traditional Emirati yowlah, or stick dance.

“Dubai’s effective management of the Covid-19 pandemic has enabled the emirate to restore normalcy in record time and accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector,” said Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed, Chairman of the Supreme Committee Dubai Crisis and Disaster Management Center.

“The emirate was also able to demonstrate its ability to quickly negotiate any challenges and restore growth in all sectors.”

Over the next few months, 126 cruise ships and more than 500,000 visitors are expected to visit Dubai.

Most cruise passengers from Dubai travel around the Arabian Sea or head further along the African coast or north to southern Europe.

Dubai has the largest cruise port in the UAE, with two terminals at Mina Rashid that have the capacity to accommodate seven mega-cruise ships at a time. The city welcomed more than 800,000 people during the 2018 to 2019 season.

Before the pandemic, the cruise industry was the fastest growing in the travel industry.

Demand has soared 20.5% over the past five years, bringing the industry’s value to nearly $ 207 billion (Dh760.2 billion) in annual global turnover, with 270 vessels spread over 50 operators, KPMG reported.

Concerns over the high number of Covid-19 cases aboard cruise ships have resulted in all trips being canceled in 2020.

Sheikh Mansoor said all passengers and crew embarking in Dubai will be required to adhere to strict health and safety protocols – in place at all ports and facilities in Dubai – to ensure the highest levels of protection for all. .

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and managing director of DP World, which operates the cruise terminals, said he hoped more liners return to the waters around Dubai in the near future.

“The arrival of Mein Schiff 6 at the Hamdan bin Mohammed cruise terminal will again usher in an impressive rebound for the sector, encouraging other major cruise lines to operate regular international routes to the emirate, ”he said.

Dubai’s new Harbor Cruise Terminal will begin receiving visitors soon, after its launch in 2020 was delayed by the pandemic.

The port has state-of-the-art facilities, including sea passenger boarding bridges equipped to handle more than 3,000 passengers per hour.

Located near the new Ain Dubai Observation Wheel and Bluewaters Island, the new terminal was tested in March when two cruise ships arrived from Germany for a test drive.

The 120,000 square meter development has the capacity to accommodate the world’s largest ocean liners.

Update: October 26, 2021, 3:06 am


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