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World's largest cruise ship terminal opens

By Philip Mwakio | December 13th 2014
By Philip Mwakio | December 13th 2014

Kenya: The world’s largest cruise ship terminal has been unveiled in Dubai. DP World’s third cruise terminal in Dubai was inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai.

The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal is set to be the world’s largest covered cruise facility capable of handling 14,000 cruise passengers a day. DP World, one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world, welcomed 4,000 passengers at the new terminal on Thursday from the Costa Cruise and Aida Cruise ships, part of Arabian Gulf tours.

The terminal covers 28,000 square metres and is the latest addition to The Dubai Cruise Terminal facility at Mina Rashid. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World, said: “Dubai’s vision is to attract 20 million tourists a year by 2020, we anticipate cruise tourist numbers reaching the one-million mark by that time.”

Bin Sulayem added: “The new facility will increase the handling capacity of the three cruise terminals in Dubai from two million tourists a year to seven million. This expansion came in response to requests from cruise liners and will enable them to increase the number of trips to Dubai.

Features include duty-free outlets, shops, currency exchange, ATM machines and a VIP business centre.It also provides office facilities to related organisations including the police, customs, immigration, shipping agents and airlines.

Earlier this week, Dubai Cruise Tourism, part of Dubai Tourism, said it has completed its first major roadshow in China as part of its plans to grow as a cruise tourism destination.


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