Meraas appoints ASGC to build region's most advanced cruise terminal

Meraas appoints ASGC to build regions most advanced cruise terminal
The new cruise terminal will be located between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah.

Dubai - Maritime tourism will contribute Dh1.5 billion to the emirate's economy by 2030.



by

Rohma Sadaqat

Published: Tue 2 Jul 2019, 4:47 PM

Last updated: Tue 2 Jul 2019, 11:47 PM

Dubai will build the region's most advanced cruise terminal at Dubai Harbour as cruise tourism gained momentum in line with the government policy under which maritime tourism will contribute Dh1.5 billion to the emirate's economy by 2030.
Meraas on Tuesday appointed ASGC to construct the new Dubai Cruise Terminal that will create a unique entry experience to all cruise ship passengers who arrive in the emirate. The terminal, located between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah, will have the capacity of accommodating complete passenger turnaround of two mega cruise ships concurrently, accounting to over 15,000 guests at its 300,000 square feet combined floor area.
Work conducted by ASGC on the project will include the construction of two main cruise terminal buildings strategically positioned on a quay of approximately 1km, in addition to service buildings, a central unit building, external works, and all fixtures, fittings and equipment.
"ASGC is committed to deliver this project utilising the latest construction processes," Bishoy Azmy, CEO of ASGC, said.
Dubai is leading its mission towards becoming one of the most favoured destinations amongst the international cruise lines and cruise tourists, having welcomed over 725,000 cruise tourists to the city during the 2017-18 season via 150 ship calls - including more than 20 world-class cruise lines. This reflects an increase of over 15 per cent when compared to the same period last year.
"Over the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of reputable cruise liners visiting [Dubai] and our ongoing partnership with key stakeholders is testament to delivering top-class cruise facilities and providing distinctive services to enhance the tourists' experience, marking Dubai as a significant destination for cruise tourists worldwide," said Jamal Alfalasi, director of Dubai Cruise Tourism.
Hamad bin Mejren, senior vice-president, Dubai Tourism, said Dubai is primed as a year-round 'must-visit' destination for cruise tourists, welcoming multiple international cruise lines to operate regular international itineraries out of the city. "We are committed to actively working with our robust network of local, regional and global partners to continue to highlight Dubai's ease of accessibility," he said.
According to the Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA), more than 40 million people worldwide will be traveling on cruise ships annually by 2030, representing a 40 per cent increase from 2017. At a national level, the maritime tourism sector is expected to contribute more than Dh1.5 billion to Dubai's economy by 2030.
 
- rohma@khaleejtimes.com


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