DP World plans cruise terminal expansion
Dubai, October 26, 2011
Global marine terminal operator DP World said it plans to expand the cruise terminal facilities at Port Rashid by the end of next year to accommodate as many as five cruise ships at one time.
Port Rashid, which sits at the heart of Dubai city, currently has capacity to serve two ocean-going cruise ships at the same time carrying a combined 7,000 passengers.
DP World will expand the current terminal facilities by the end of 2012 to cater for as many as five cruise ships at one time and continue its leading position as the largest cruise centre in the Middle East, according to a top official.
DP World’s vision is for Port Rashid to eventually be able to serve as many as seven cruise vessels at one time, said its chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
'Development of the cruise terminal facilities at Port Rashid supports Dubai’s long-term strategy to stimulate growth and development in the traditionally strong tourism sector,' Bin Sulayem noted.
'The new facility will help Dubai tap into the rapidly growing cruise sector and will continue to be a major destination for the finest cruise ships in the world,' he added.
Mohammed Al Muallem, senior VP and managing director, DP World, UAE Region said: “Our success as a port operator is based on the pledge never to compromise on quality. Port Rashid expansion is planned to be the best of its kind in the region.'
'It will further strengthen the local economy and increase the use of Dubai’s historic port, at the centre of the city,' he noted.
Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said it expects more than 58 per cent growth in cruise tourism in Dubai by 2015.
'The new facilities will be very attractive for cruise operators and their passengers, and for the tourism industry as a whole. We are glad to have DP World working with us to increase tourism in Dubai and the UAE,' remarked its director general Khalid Bin Sulayem.-TradeArabia News Service