Port Rashid, a subsidiary of DP World – UAE Region, has won again the “World’s Leading Cruise Port” award at the World Travel Awards 2020. This award is considered a prestigious accolade in the travel industry, as Port Rashid surpassed several cruise ports that were nominated for this title from all over the world.
Port Rashid has held this prestigious title for 13 consecutive years since it won it in 2008 thanks to the comprehensive development and massive modernization that the port makes every year as it has become a favorite destination for cruise lines around the world, gaining the appreciation of travelers once again and it is thanks to him. In transforming Dubai from a simple harbor for trade based on traditional wooden boats to a global gathering of the maritime sector.
Port Rashid’s proximity to Dubai International Airport and the commercial heart of the city represents an important feature that makes it an ideal choice for travelers as they can easily access the main sites in the city .. The port’s berth is 2.3 km long and can handle seven large cruise ships at the same time, equivalent to 25,000 passengers in one day.
The Hamdan bin Mohammed passenger terminal is the most prominent facility that contributes to the superior performance of the port and is the largest covered lounge in the world in cruise terminals .. The building is characterized by the capacity to receive 14,000 passengers per day.
Since its opening in 2014 until 2020, the building has witnessed a steady growth of 55 per cent as it received large numbers of cruise ships.
In 2015, the building received four cruise ships carrying nearly 20 thousand passengers and marine crews in one day, increasing the number at the end of each week from 2017 to visiting five cruise ships and about 24 thousand passengers and crew, and in the peak season of 2019/2020 the building achieved a milestone A record number of six ships are received in one day, carrying around 35,000 passengers and crew.
Mohammed Al-Mannai, CEO of Marassi “P&O” and CEO of Mina Rashid, expressed his pride in receiving this prestigious award year after year, especially since the year 2020 was full of challenges .. Expressing his happiness to see Port Rashid as the preferred and first choice for travelers, which confirms the path in the direction Correct in terms of promoting Dubai and its long-standing reputation as a destination for international cruise tourists … Pointing out that Port Rashid, as the first destination in the Middle East for cruise operators, provides added value to international luxury companies, so every year there is a growing increase in tourism movement.
Al-Mannai said, “It is not hidden from anyone the extent to which the marine tourism industry has been affected by the global epidemic, but we are confident of achieving growth in the near future, affirming his confidence that Dubai will continue to maintain its leadership as a preferred destination for international cruise companies by continuing their efforts and working closely with their prestigious partners.” To promote luxury cruise tourism and establish the leading position of Dubai.
A series of expansion projects are currently underway at the port to enhance its capabilities and establish Dubai as a preferred city in the global tourism industry .. The team of experts overseeing the port is working with great dedication to create new horizons and explore cooperation opportunities to enhance the regional and global cruise industry.