Port of Dubai welcomes first cruise passengers from cruise ship AIDAbella

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– Cruise passengers arriving at the Port of Dubai are easily accessible from the city’s world-famous attractions such as Burj Al Arab, Bluewaters Island and Palm Jumeirah
– Dubai Port Cruise Terminal is close to both Dubai International Airports – a gateway to Dubai and international destinations
– The Port of Dubai further strengthens Dubai’s position as a leading global tourism destination, attracting visitors from all over the world

The Port of Dubai, an extraordinary seaside district, today welcomes the arrival of its first cruise passengers comprising around 1,200 passengers and 600 crew members aboard the 252-meter-long cruise ship AIDAbella.

Operated by AIDA Cruises, AIDAbella’s inaugural stopover at Dubai Port Cruise Terminal marks the start of the Dubai Port cruise season and the official debut of the most modern and dedicated twin cruise terminal center. the region’s largest in the eastern hemisphere, capable of simultaneously handling two of the largest cruise ships currently in operation in the world. As the owner and curator of the Port of Dubai, the diversified investment firm Shamal Holding is driving the transformation of the Port of Dubai into an exceptional waterfront district. Dubai’s 2021-2022 season, which began in October, is expected to accommodate 126 ship calls and more than 500,000 cruise passengers, helping to boost the momentum of tourism recovery in Dubai. More than 150,000 passengers are expected to visit the Port of Dubai cruise terminal in its first season.

Located in the center of modern Dubai, the Port of Dubai is easily accessible from major city landmarks including the Burj Al Arab, Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island and Palm Jumeirah, giving cruise passengers easy access to some of the most iconic experiences. of the world.
Cruise Terminals, part of the incredible Port of Dubai development, showcase the spectacular and beautiful skyline of Dubai Port to our customers and provide a wide range of amenities and services for passengers and the crew – from the large seating areas to the toilets, including exchange offices, ATMs, cafes, points of sale, Duty Free, dedicated parking, taxi ranks and much more. All facilities are wheelchair accessible and free Wi-Fi is enabled to keep passengers and crew connected.

Abdulla Binhabtoor, Director of Portfolio Management, Shamal Holding, said: “Today marks a very special day for us, and we are delighted to welcome the first cruise passengers at the Dubai Port Cruise Terminal. Not only does this mark the start of a new era for the UAE cruise industry, but it further elevates the Port of Dubai’s position as an extraordinary waterfront district in the region.

Referring to its alignment with Dubai’s tourism strategy, Binhabtoor explained that “With the launch of Expo 2020 Dubai this year, the opening of the cruise terminal represents an important step in realizing Dubai’s destiny of becoming the most visited city in the world. However, it is not only a fantastic lifestyle leisure destination for cruise passengers from all corners of the world – it is a natural gateway to the many wonders that Dubai has to offer and other international destinations. We look forward to working with partners in the trade and tourism ecosystem to move forward and play a leading role in achieving the goals of Dubai’s tourism strategy.

Issam Kazim, Managing Director of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: “Under the guidance and visionary guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai we have We have successfully emerged from an unprecedented global challenge and we have set ourselves the goal of harnessing the accelerating momentum across all sectors, including tourism, to position Dubai as the most favorite and most visited destination in the world. The continued success of our cruise business depends on a number of key factors such as partnerships with more and more major cruise lines, collaboration with major Dubai entities such as Shamal Holding and the availability of infrastructure. and world-class facilities like the Dubai Port Cruise Terminal. . As the new cruise season is in full swing, we are proud to be consistently included as a key port of call by the world’s largest and most popular liners, as evidenced by the arrival of AIDAbella and the first passengers at the new Dubai Port Cruise Terminal. , further strengthening Dubai’s global reputation as the ultimate cruise gateway to the region. “

The Dubai Port Cruise Terminal infrastructure includes two terminals that provide passengers and crew with a safe, comfortable and seamless experience. Designed to handle more than 3,250 passengers per hour, the highly efficient and modern terminals are located on a stretch of jetty of over 910 meters and can accommodate a full rotation of two mega cruise ships simultaneously.

Specially designed terminals ensure simplified and streamlined immigration and customs control processes, and dedicated passenger and crew access routes, facilitated by seaport passenger boarding bridges, allow uninterrupted flow between ship and terminal.

“We are delighted and proud to put AIDAbella, the ninth ship back into service, offering our clients trips to the Orient in the winter of 2021/2022 and in particular to the Dubai Port Cruise Terminal located in this magnificent waterfront area. seafront nestled in the development of Dubai Port and the Palm Jumeirah and close to iconic Dubai tourist attractions. A highlight of this year’s cruise season is World EXPO 2020, ”said Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises.

AIDA Cruises is the market leader in German-speaking cruises and currently operates one of the most modern fleets in the world with 13 cruise ships, including the very first LNG-powered cruise ship built. AIDA Cruises is one of the nine largest cruise lines in the world, part of Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies.


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