Dubai cruises to attract 1mn by 2020

Passengers to Dubai will reach one million by the year 2020, more than double the 400,000 recorded in 2012.

Speaking to Arabian Travel News, DTCM executive director, business tourism, Hamad Mohammed Bin Mejren, who is also responsible for Dubai Cruise Terminal and Dubai Convention Bureau, said the number was achievable.

We have started GCC roadshows to stimulate regional market three years ago. Last year we did the roadshow jointly with Oman and Abu Dhabi. And we plan to tap into the China and Indian markets. That will drive the numbers up, he noted.

One area that was also a focus was ensuring that the emirate had the right facilities and infrastructure for the ships to operate.

DP World is about to complete the new cruise terminal. It is state of the art, 27,000m2. This shows our commitment to the industry. It will be ready by 2014/15 season and they will do a test on June 10, so it is almost complete now, he added.

Once Royal Caribbean returns to the emirate, Dubai will be visited by five cruise lines throughout the season.


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