According to published
reports, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is considering a second
cruise terminal to handle the surge in cruise ship traffic.
Awad Seghayer Al
Ketbi, the executive director of the Dubai Convention Bureau and
Heritage Division and the Dubai Cruise Terminal, did not confirm
whether Dubai would build a new cruise terminal, but said that the
DCBHD has commissioned a study to determine whether Dubai needs
another terminal and will build one if it is determined to be
necessary to handle the additional cruise traffic.
The Dubai Dept. of
Tourism and Commerce Marketing said that 165,000 cruise passengers
passed through Dubai during the current season, a number that is
expected to reach 200,000 by the 2008-'09 season, and approach
350,000 by 2009-'10.
cruise terminal opened in 2001 at Port Rashid and is able to handle
up to two ships simultaneously, the DDTCM said.
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