It was the driving force behind one of the fastest ocean-going liners the world has seen. Now one of the QE2’s mighty propellers has been installed beside the famous vessel in Dubai’s Port Rashid. (thenational.ae)
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 main hub in the emirate, with a launch date of October 2020 slated. (arabianbusiness.com)
Carnival Corporation has signed a strategic partnership with Dubai-based holding company Meraas to develop the Dubai Cruise Terminal in an effort to grow maritime tourism in the region and transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub.
Crystal Esprit, the 62-passenger Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises’ boutique yacht, will offer a season of Arabian Peninsula voyages in 2019. The cruises will visit the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman and the Holy Land in October through December of 2019. (travelpulse.com)
Dubai’s cruise terminal at Mina Rashid has more than doubled the number of cruise tourists it receives since it opened in four years ago.Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, managed by DP World, welcomed more than 625,000 holiday-makers in 2016-17 season, up from 320,000 cruise tourists that arrived in Dubai in the 2013-14 season. (thenational.ae)
MSC Cruises is enhancing its range of cruises from the United Arab Emirates with the introduction of a second ship, MSC Lirica. Featuring new extended cruises of 11 nights and 14 nights, MSC Lirica will be making her debut in the UAE in November 2018, offering longer itineraries, two overnight stays in Dubai, as well as cruises to India for the very first time.
Bahrain started 2018 with a double call day on January 3, with two ships in port from MSC Cruises and AIDA Cruises, with more than 5,600 passengers. Bahrain is expected to report a 33 call season with 80,000 visitors. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
In October 2017, Abu Dhabi’s hospitality market observed an increase in its occupancy rate by 8.9%, this combined with an increase in average room rents by $3 per room to, $128, have increased the total revenues by 14.1%. (forbesmiddleeast.com)
DP World, operator of Port Rashid and the Dubai Cruise Terminal, has said it will significantly cut port fees for cruise lines in an effort to extend the Gulf cruise season by up to two months. (arabianbusiness.com)