DUBAI, Dubai's cruise terminal at Mina Rashid has more than doubled the number of cruise tourists it receives since it opened four years ago.

The terminal, managed by DP World, welcomed more than 625,000 holiday-makers in the 2016-17 season, up from 320,000 cruise tourists that arrived in Dubai in the 2013-14 season, according to figures released at the conclusion of the successful cruise tourism season 2017-2018.

The number of cruise visitors is expected to top 700,000 in the 2018-2019 season. Since the terminal opened in 2014, some 1.9 million cruise tourists visited Dubai onboard 489 ships.

Cruise ship calls have increased by 68 percent from 93 in the 2013-2014 season to 156 in 2016-2017.

Mohammed Al Mannaei, CEO, P&O Marinas and Executive Director, Mina Rashid, said, "We are committed to honouring and celebrating strategic partners, cruise shipping agents, and travel and tourism agents because we appreciate the great role they play in the success of cruise tourism in the emirate.

"We work together to provide cruise tourists with the best services in support of this important sector following the vision of our wise leadership," he stated at the annual celebration that honoured strategic partners, cruise shipping agents, and travel and tourism agents.

Passenger happiness reached 95 percent, according to a recent survey carried out by the cruise terminal at Port Rashid.

The passenger terminal at Port Rashid received the best terminal award in the Middle East for the 11th time in a row. The port is expecting a 30 percent rise in the number of cruise ships and 24 percent in the number of cruise passengers in the upcoming season 2018-2019.

Source: Emirates News Agency