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28/06/2017 - 18:52hs

Cruise ships brought 625,000 tourists to Dubai

The volume of passengers that came to the emirate in luxury cruises increased 15% in the 2016/2017 season, reported the Dubai Cruise Tourism.

Dubai – Over 625,000 cruise tourists visited Dubai via Port Rashid, where is located the passenger terminal for luxury cruises in the emirate, reported the Emirates News Agency (WAM) this Wednesday (28), based on data made available by the Dubai Cruise Tourism. The volume of tourists increased 15% in the 2016/2017 season in comparison to the previous one, while ship calls grew 18% with 157.

The season ended with the departure of the C.S. Sea Princess from Port Rashid after a call in the United Arab Emirates, the only one among the Gulf countries of the 104-day cruise that circles the globe. Before Dubai, the 857 feet-ship that can carry over 3,000 passengers had a call in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Among the attractions of the last season, the highlight was the Thomsom Cruises, a British cruise line that visited the region for the first time – in all, there were eight maiden ship calls in the last season. “We are very pleased with the success o four 2016/2017 cruising season, and with the city’s sustained popularity as a winter cruise destination,” said Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, director of Dubai Cruise Tourism, according to WAM.

The executive thanked port manager DP World, immigration, Dubai’s Customs and Emirates Airlines for the cooperation. “Bolstered by our recente success and our upcoming partnerships over the coming seasons, we are confident we will achieve our strategic goal of welcoming 1 million cruise tourists to Dubai by 2020/2021 cruise season,” he said.

The start of the 2017/2018 season is scheduled for October 25 with the arrival of the ship Seabourn Encore.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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