Dubai is working with Carnival Corporation, the US-based cruise company and the world’s largest travel leisure company, for developing the next phase of the emirate’s plan to turn into a global cruise tourism hub.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved plans to make the Dubai Cruise Terminal the principal hub in the emirate, with the launch date slated for October 2020.
Dubai Harbour will have two cruise terminal buildings, spanning a total of 30,000 square metres, joined by a single dock of about 1 km, capable of accommodating up to three cruise ships at the same time, as well as up to 13,200 passengers at a time. Two further terminal buildings will also be set up that will increase capacity of six cruise ships concurrently.
The plan is an aftermath of signing a partnership agreement between Dubai-based Meraas and Carnival Corporation that aims to transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub.
The agreement was signed by Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman of Meraas, and Arnold W Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. The companies will collaborate across port development, terminal management and new cruise development opportunities at Dubai Harbour and the broader region.
The plan is a part of Dubai Tourism Vision 2020, which aims to attract 20 million visitors every year to the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “We welcome visitors from across the world and provide them with an exceptional tourism experience. We want them to leave with lasting memories that they can share in their countries and communities. The continuous development of infrastructure has enabled our country to be a destination of choice in the region.”