Dubai contemplates second cruise terminal

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.

Dubai's current 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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