Dubai’s DTCM plans to increase cruise terminal facilities

18 Oct 2011

(MENAFN) Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) Business Tourism’s executive director, Hamad Mohammad Bin Mejren, said that in order to increase accommodation capacity, DTCM planned to expand its cruise terminal facilities, reported Gulf News.

Bin Mejren added that at the current time, the dock was able to handle five ships; however, there wasn’t enough space to handle bigger numbers, on the other hand, in 2012, the number of cruise ships would be expected to rise to 135 ships, carrying 475,000 passengers.

He also said that 2011’s cruise season would be forecasted to attract 425,000 passengers on 120 cruise ships, whereas in 2013, the number of ships would be forecasted to increase to 150 ships with 525 passengers, in 2014 the number would be expected to reach 165 ships with 575,000 passengers whereas it would increase to 180 ships with 625,000 passengers in 2015.

It is worth noting that Dubai’s cruise terminal was opened in 2010 and is used by Royal Caribbean, Aida and Costa Cruises.

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