Dubai Cruise Terminal will become the centre of maritime tourism in the emirate, with HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai backing the project.
Dubai is working with US-based cruise operator Carnival Corporation to scale up maritime tourism in the emirate – and the plan has the support of HH Sheikh Mohammed.
The project will have capacity to accommodate six cruise liners simultaneously and is slated to launch in October 2020.
It is part of the multiphase 1.8km² Dubai Harbour development in Mina Seyahi that will boast the biggest yachting marina in the Middle East, a 135m lighthouse, as well as a shopping centre, apartments, and restaurants.
Dubai Harbour will have two cruise terminal buildings across a 30,000m² area, joined by a 1km quay.
Construction work has already started, following the 2017 launch by HH Sheikh Mohammed who has approved plans to make Dubai Cruise Terminal the central hub for maritime travel in the emirate.
The plan comes after Meraas and Carnival Corporation signed an agreement to transform Dubai into regional centre for cruise tourism.
HH Sheikh Mohammed lauded the megaproject and suggested that ambitious construction achievements had helped to reinforce the country’s international image and attract tourists.
Dubai is determined to increase tourism numbers as part of a national strategy to diversify the UAE economy and hopes to welcome 20 million people to the emirate by 2020.
HH Sheikh Mohammed said: “The continuous development of infrastructure has enabled our country to be a destination of choice in the region. Supported by the talent and creativity of our people, I am confident that we will be able to establish global leadership in several sectors. The UAE will continue to be a symbol of progress and prosperity.”
Chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, said he was “excited to be part of” the harbour project that will “drive new tourism opportunities for Dubai and the region through cruising.”