Carnival Corporation Celebrates Opening of Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal – Cruise Industry News


According to a press release, Carnival Corporation today celebrated the official opening of the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal with Shamal Holding following their strategic partnership signed in 2018 to develop the new cruise port as the main hub for cruise tourism in Dubai.

The occasion was followed by a walk-through from Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer of Shamal Holding, and several Carnival Corporation executives, including Giora Israel, Senior Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development for Carnival Corporation; Michael Thamm, Group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia; Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises; Mario Zanetti, President of Costa Cruises; Michel Nestour, Vice President of Global Port and Destination Development for EuroMed & Persian Gulf Region at Carnival Corporation; and Torben Seidenschnur, Director CEO Office and Strategic Development at the Costa Group.

With the arrivals of Costa Firenze and AIDAbella, the official opening was also marked by the first-time visit of two passenger cruise ships to the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal, at the same time as the start of the cruise season and the home port season of the ships from Dubai.

The Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal can accommodate two large cruise ships at the same time, according to the company.

The facility spans 120,000 square meters (nearly 1.3 million square feet) and includes two purpose-built terminal buildings that provide passengers and crew with a safe embarkation and disembarkation experience. The terminals are equipped with four Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges, which can also support the complete turnaround of the largest class of cruise ships in the industry.

“After years of working closely with Shamal Holding, we are very pleased to welcome guests from all over the world to the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal,” said Thamm. “As the largest cruise company in the world, we are passionate about delivering exceptional vacation experiences to our guests, and we are confident that our partnership with Shamal Holding will improve the overall experience for our guests. The two terminals are a tribute to the remarkable attractiveness of Dubai and the Arabian Gulf as a cruise destination and look forward to working with the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal and its community partners to make Dubai Harbor a highly efficient and customer-friendly operation and new one at the same time to enable tourist opportunities through cruises in the region. “

“We are delighted that our partnership with Carnival Corporation and its brands has reached another important milestone as we today welcomed two exceptional cruise lines to the port of Dubai, the largest stand-alone terminal for double cruises in the Eastern Hemisphere, so many thousands People enter the city through this stunning beachfront district, the newest access point to Dubai, which is already considered the ideal gateway to the region for cruise lines from around the world. “

Binhabtoor added, referring to the alignment with the Dubai Tourism Strategy: “The development of Dubai Harbor represents a historic milestone in Dubai’s role as the leading destination in the region for lifestyle, leisure and luxury – a moment in history that marks the realization of Dubai Advancing ambition to become the most visited city in the world, however, it is not only an exceptional destination for cruise ship passengers from all over the world, but also a natural gateway to the attractions that Dubai has to offer and due to the city’s strategic location to others also international destinations. “

Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises started from Dubai for the first time in 2006. At the end of November, AIDAbella first arrived in Dubai at the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal, marking the first regular cruise passenger operation for the new terminals and the start of the ship’s winter season. In addition, the arrival of the Costa Firenze in Dubai on December 16 marked the start of the ship’s season from Dubai, where it will port home for the first time ever until March 2022.

Six Carnival Corporation brands – AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises and Seabourn – will visit the Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal by 2023.


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