Posts Tagged ‘Dubai – United Arab Emirates – Bahrain’

Plans to include a second cruise terminal to accommodate 1,200,000 passengers annually in Dubai

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Meraas has announced that Dubai Harbour will have a second cruise terminal in addition to the one already revealed in January 2017. Dubai Harbour will be the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously which when completed will accommodate 1,200,000 passengers annually. (more…)

Abu Dhabi expects a record-breaking cruise season in 2017-2018

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Sir Bani Yas Island is a popular new cruise destination in the United Arab Emirates (Courtesy Anantara Hotels)Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates expects to welcome more than 300,000 passengers during 148 calls from 18 ships from 15 cruise lines during the 2017-2018 cruise season. (

Dubai: Cruise tourism gains popularity

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidDubai welcomed over 625,000 cruise tourists via a total of 157 ship calls this cruise season, reflecting an increase of 15 per cent and 18 per cent respectively when compared to the 2015-16 season. (

Crystal Gives Guests VIP Access to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 Race

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Adrenaline rushes are inevitable for Crystal Symphony guests in Abu Dhabi this November, as Crystal unveils three exclusive ways for travelers to experience the most glamourous international event in the United Arab Emirates. (more…)

Abu Dhabi Reports Record Season

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Abu Dhabi Ports has reported its best-ever cruise season with a 48 percent increase in passengers at Zayed Port and Sir Bani Yas from last year. The 2016-2017 season saw more than 345,662 passengers, up from 232,605 for the 2015-2016 season. (

Dubai’s RTA inks DP World deal to provide cruise tourism pick-ups

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidThe Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an exclusive contract with DP World to provide taxi services to lift tourists from and to The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal at Rashid Port in Dubai. (

New Port, Sir Bani Yas, Opens in United Arab Emirates

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The world’s newest cruise destination — Sir Bani Yas, an island in the United Arab Emirates — was officially declared open for business this week, but it was unable to welcome passengers ashore because of freak high winds. (

Dubai to receive 157 cruise ships this tourism season

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidThe emirate of Dubai, turning into a major hub for cruise tourism, is to receive 157 cruise ships during the current season 2016-2017 which started last October and will continue until next April. (

A winter sun success story in the Arabian Gulf

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidPorts across Arabia are busy building and upgrading their facilities as passengers arrive in search of winter sun. Rebecca Lambert speaks with members of the Cruise Arabia Alliance to find out more. (

Premier cruise anchors in Abu Dhabi waters

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Celebrity Constellation, a luxury vessel from one of the world’s biggest cruise operators, is the first ship to make the UAE capital its home. The vessel is one of three cruise departures originating from Abu Dhabi in the 2016/17 season, which also sees the highest number of new callers and the highest recorded number of regional rotational callers. (

Hala Abu Dhabi confirmed for Sir Bani Yas Island cruise launch

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Hala Abu Dhabi, the destination management company of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG), has been selected as the exclusive shore excursions and activities provider for Sir Bani Yas Island and Beach Oasis, the latest cruise destination stop in the UAE for the 2016/2017 season. (

Costa Cruises Announces New Highlights For Its Itinerary In The Emirates

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Costa Cruises has announced important news for its 2016/2017 winter season in the UAE: the Italian cruise company is enhancing its “Jewels of the Emirates” itinerary, with weekly departures out of Dubai from December 16, 2016 through March 17, 2017. (more…)

Record year for Abu Dhabi Ports cruise terminal

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Abu Dhabi Ports has experienced increases of 16 percent in passenger numbers and 20 percent in vessel calls, it has announced. (

Dubai says targeting 1 million cruise tourists by 2020

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidDubai is targeting one million cruise passengers to visit the emirate per year by 2020, according to Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World and chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. (

Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 guests can experience ‘first-hand’ the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2  (Photo Christophe Dedieu at part of an Asia cruise on the Europa 2 in March/April 2016, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is introducing two exciting highlights for fans of both motor sports and wine: the shore excursions programme includes a trip to the Formula 1 race in the Kingdom of Bahrain. (more…)

MSC Musica Makes Maiden Call in Abu Dhabi

Monday, December 14th, 2015

MSC Cruises took part in the inauguration of the new cruise terminal at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, over the weekend, officially marking the beginning of the winter 2015/2016 season for the MSC Musica. (

Cruise passenger terminal to open in Abu Dhabi

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

A new cruise terminal will open at Mina Zayed on Sunday as part of the emirate’s goal to boost its tourist arrival numbers. (

AIDAstella Berths at New Terminal in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

On Monday, the AIDAstella became the first cruise ship of the Costa Group to dock at the newly constructed Cruise Terminal in Mina Zayed. (

QE2 cruise ship “left to rot” after being sold to Dubai

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

A campaign group has claimed that iconic ocean liner the QE2 has been “left to rot” in Dubai after she left the UK in 2008 for her new home at the UAE state’s Port Rashid. (

Dubai’s cruise port Mina Rashid has been voted the best Middle East cruise port at the World Travel Awards

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidDubai’s cruise port Mina Rashid has been voted the best Middle East cruise port at the World Travel Awards, held in Dubai, for the eight consecutive year. (

Exclusive: Tour of QE2 in Dubai with latest pictures

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Cruise Arabia & Africa is given rare access to Cunard’s former flagship Queen Elizabeth II (QE2) in the Dubai shipyard where she has for the past year lay in a state of limbo, her hallowed decks deserted, her magnificent public rooms frozen in time.

Abu Dhabi Wraps Up 2014-2015 Season with Regent Call

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The last ship of the 2014/2015 cruise season has called at Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi. The Regent Seven Seas Voyager closed out the season with its final call on May 2. (

Zayed Port Welcomes the Queen Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Abu Dhabi Ports greeted the Queen Elizabeth’s arrival in Zayed Port with a traditional Emirati welcome, to mark the second Cunard cruise ship of the season and Cunard’s 175th anniversary. (

Dubai Reports Increase in Visitors

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port RashidThe Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has released figures showing 1,629,578 hotel guests in 2014, 5.6 percent increase on 2013. (

Abu Dhabi’s new cruise terminal to open by end-2015

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The second phase of construction work on a new permanent cruise tourism terminal building in Abu Dhabi has just begun, it was announced on Monday. (

Dubai breaks through in the cruise market

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

This Friday, January 30, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 embarks upon its 2015 world tour. The ship is departing from Mina Rashid, the Dubai port that has emerged in recent years as a key international cruise hub. (

Sharjah to ride the cruise wave

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Sharjah is becoming an increasingly visited emirate. Not only from those passing along Mohammed bin Zayed Road but those arriving along the coast of the Arabian Sea or the Gulf of Oman – cruise passengers. (

Abu Dhabi Ports Company Shows Off Bani Yas Island

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) show off its Sir Bani Yas Island complex to cruise line representatives this past week. (

Costa Serena Inaugurates New Terminal in Dubai

Friday, December 12th, 2014

On December 11 the Costa Serena was the background of the opening of the new Cruise Terminal 3 in Port Rashid, Dubai, inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed. (

Celebrity Constellation to homeport Abu Dhabi

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Gulf region is once again highlighted as a favourite winter destination, as Celebrity Cruises homeports its 2,038-lower berth Celebrity Constellation at Zayed Port for the 2016-17 season. (

Dubai to attract over 381,000 cruise passengers this season

Monday, November 24th, 2014

More than 381,000 cruise passengers are expected to arrive at Dubai’s Mina Rashid this season (October 2014 to June 2015). (

Rotterdam Calls at Abu Dhabi to Start the Season

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Abu Dhabi Ports Company’s (ADPC) Zayed Port has welcomed the first cruise ship of the 2014/2015 season. (