A new terminal able to receive 14,000 cruise passengers a day, was inaugurated by Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The terminal is claimed to be the world’s largest single covered cruise facility with a capacity to accommodate 14,000 passengers.
It is the latest addition to the Dubai Cruise Terminal facility at Mina Rashid, which covers 28,000m².
The terminal already welcomed 4,000 passengers from cruise ships, Costa Cruise and Aida Cruise, as part of an Arabian Gulf tour.
DP World chairman HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said: "The new building will increase the handling capacity of the three cruise terminals in Dubai from two million tourists a year to seven million.
"The terminal is the largest and most modern cruise facility in the Middle East and the wider region, enabling award winning Mina Rashid to now serve up to seven cruise vessels at one time and more than 25,000 passengers in its three cruise terminals."
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The new facility also offers a 70,000m² car park space with a capacity to accommodate 36 buses and 150 taxis, along with private cars and parking bays for employees and visitors.
Earlier in 2014, DP World opened the new Jebel Ali Container Terminal 3 (T3) in Dubai, which added four million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) capacity to the port, increasing its total capacity to 19 million TEUs.
Image: Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, along with other officials during the inaugural ceremony. Photo: courtesy of DP World.