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Port Dubai cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Dubai, Port Rashid-Dubai Harbour, UAE. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
Dubai is a Persian Gulf (Arabian Sea) cruise port, the UAE's largest city (population around 3,4 million) and Emirate of Dubai's capital. Since 2020, the city has two cruise ports with 3 passenger terminals - two Terminals in Port Rashid (Mina Rashid, operational since 1972) and two new (2020-opened) in Dubai Harbour (Palm Island Cruise Terminals).
Dubai is the world's only city with cruise ports and terminals operated by a government (UAE's Department of Tourism). This provides extra attention to every passenger, along with enhanced travel experiences including certified tour guides, a swift entry system (no visa issues), premium transportation.
Approx 35 km (22 mi) to the southwest of Dubai is Mina Jebel Ali - currently ranked the world's 9th-largest by annual cargo volumes (~14 million TEU-containers), as well as the world's largest artificial harbor (1979-opened). Port Jebel Ali (locode AEJEA) is operated by DP World and currently has 67 berths and land area 135 km2 (52 mi2) which includes the Free Zone (Middle East's largest) and the National Industries Park (sized 21 km2 / 8 mi2, houses manufacturing and processing facilities). Jebel Ali is one of the Maritime Silk Road that links China with Europe via India and the Suez Canal . Due to the harbour's depth and facilities' sizes, Jebel Ali is also the most visited by US Navi vessels foreign port, including by aircraft carriers and other large battleships.
Jebel Ali and Dubai's Port Rashid are interlinked via a highway.
PCFC (Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation) is a Dubai Government organisation (2001-established) under which umbrella work several local companies and entities - Dubai Customs, JAFZA (Jebel Ali Free Zone), Dubai Ports Authority, Dubai Development Authority (Licensing & Monitoring), Dubai Maritime City Authority.
DP World (2005-founded) is a holding formed by merging Dubai Ports International and Dubai Ports Authority. DP World (currently ranked the world's largest cargo port operator) specializes in maritime services, supply chain cargo logistics, and management of port terminals and free trade zones.
Dubai cruise port
At Dubai's cruise port Mina Rashid is currently berthed/permanently moored "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2" - the famous Cunard ocean liner (1969-built, IMO 6725418).
- In November 2008 the QM2 boat was retired and sold to Istithmar (subsidiary of Dubai World/investment company) with plans to be converted into a 500-room hotel ship with mooring at Palm Jumeirah.
- The project was postponed and the boat remained docked at Mina Rashid.
- The refurbishment started in March 2017 and was completed in April 2018.
- The QM2 ship was renamed "Float Dubai" (215-room hotel ship) and its grand opening was held on October 14, 2021.
Rashid Port's cruise ship schedule shows vessels with voyages visiting Muscat , Bahrain , Fujairah , Abu Dhabi , ports in India, East Asia and Australia (on relocation voyages). Dubai also amazes tourists with all its almost unlimited city tour possibilities.
Port Mina Rashid's proximity to Dubai Airport and the downtown makes it an ideal choice as cruise ship tourists can get easy access to all the city's attractions. The cruise port has quay wall length 2,3 km (1,43 mi) and berthing capacity to handle 7 mega-cruise liners (max 25,000 passengers) simultaneously in a day.
In 2016, Dubai and other UAE cities introduced a new (multi-entry) visa system allowing cruise passengers to visit various UAE tour destinations with 1 permit. Previously, UAE visas were only for tourists arriving and leaving the country on a cruise ship. The new multiple-entry visas allow tourists to fly to Dubai Airport, embark on cruise vessels (Mina Rashid) and travel to Abu Dhabi and other Persian Gulf ports with a single visa - rather than obtaining 2 or 3 separate visas. The new UAE visas are also cheaper (AUD 59) in comparison to Dubai's 96-hours visa (AUD 44).
In January 2017 was signed an exclusive contract between the city's RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) and DP World (Mina Rashid terminals' owner and operator). By this deal are provided taxi services for passenger transportation between the city and the new terminal Hamdan bin Mohammed at Port Rashid. RTA's services include both taxis and VIP limousines to greet disembarking cruise ship tourists. The taxi corporation has 5000+ cabs. Its 2015 annual report showed 47+ million taxi trips serving ~94 million customers.
In the period 2014-2017, the port handled around 1,9 million cruise tourists via 489 vessels. During Port's first season (2013-14) were handled 93 calls and 320,000 passengers.
During season 2016-2017 (October through July), Port Rashid had scheduled 156 cruise ship visits and handled 625,000 passengers. This was a 15% increase over season 2015-16 (134 ship calls). The number of disembarking passengers was over 625,000 (18% increase over season 2015-16). For comparison, during 2006-2007, the cruise port was visited by around 105,000 passengers. The steady annual growth of 16-18% is supported by an increasing number of visitors from India. Their number grew by 25% (2015-2016) and by 30% (2017-2018). Currently, India is the cruise port's 14th source country (following countries like Germany, Italy, UK, USA).
During season 2017-18, the port had as clients 23 cruise companies , of which 6 used it as homeport (for roundtrips). The number included the newcomers NCL-Norwegian and Thomson-Marella . In 2017-2018, Celestyal Cruises for the first time ever started offering roundtrip 3-night / 4-day Arabian Gulf mini-cruises with the ship Celestyal Nefeli .
To boost berth bookings, for October (2018) and April (2019), DP World reduced cruise port charges by 50%. During season 2018-19, Port Dubai handled ~725,000 cruise ship tourists, and ~825,000 in season 2019-2020.
In 2019, in Dubai Royal Caribbean introduced the world's most expensive cruise shore excursion. Part of RCI's "Cruise Arabia and Africa" program, the new tour is offered on 7-day Arabian Gulf itineraries starting December 2019. The cruise excursion's cost is AED 122,000 (USD 33,000) per person. The cruisetour package is inclusive of a shopping trip (with personal shopper and photo session at Dubai Mall) and a visit to Rose Arbaji Centre (with 3-course meal and 3-hour spa treatments). The exclusive tour was first offered on Jewel of the Seas (homeported in Dubai in 2019-2020).
In late-November 2020, DP World's Port Mina Rashid won again the title "World's Leading Cruise Port" at WTA-World Travel Awards 2020. The port receives this prestigious award for 13 successive years - since 2008.
On May 16, 2021, the AIDA ships AIDAprima and AIDAvita became the first vessels to dock at the new DHCT-Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal (located between Bluewaters Island and Palm Jumeirah Island).
Following the COVID crisis, during season 2021-2022, Port Dubai received 98 cruise ship calls and 338697 tourists (passengers plus crew), and expected in season 2022-23 0,9+ million tourists.
On September 18, 2017, DP World Ltd announced that the company entered into agreements to purchase Maritime World LLC (sole owner of Dubai Maritime City) for USD 180 million. DP World also acquired Drydocks World LLC for USD 225M or made a total capital injection into Dubai port of USD 405M.
Dubai Maritime City is a world-class facility and industrial business zone in a prime location (adjacent to the Mina Rashid port). Maritime City's main business is its commercial and industrial park (sized 2,3 km2 / 1 mi2) located on an artificial peninsula. The park provides Economic Zones World additional land as an alternative to the congested Jebel Ali Free Zone (located at the city's far western end).
Drydocks World is a leading company specializing in ship repairs and operating the Middle East's largest shiprepair yard. The shipyard also has capabilities for newbuilds and vessel conversions. Drydocks were integrated into P&O Maritime - DP World's fully-owned maritime services subsidiary company.
In May 2018, Carnival Corporation and Meraas (holding company) signed a partnership deal for "Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal"/DHCT. Starting late 2020, the facility became a homeport and transit destination for Carnival Corporation ships in the region. Carnival offers roundtrips and relocation voyages from Dubai to attract passengers from India and China. Read more in the port's "Terminal" section.
In July 2018, DP World and Zhejiang China Commodities City Group signed an agreement to construct Traders Market (build-up area 3 km2) at Jebel Ali Port Free Zone. The new facility is in Jafza South (adjacent to Dubai Expo 2020) and is divided by trade sectors (including household goods, building materials, foods-beverages, cosmetics-healthcare, energy-power, engineering-technology).
- The partnership deal followed an agreement signed in 2018 between DP World and ZPG (Zhejiang Seaport Investment and Operation Group) for a warehouse in Yiwu (the world's largest wholesale market for small commodities) with cargoes destined for Dubai and the Middle East.
- Both projects will boost the UAE-China trade by offering integrated logistics, warehousing, customs clearance facilities, trade licenses. Jebel Ali Port Free Zone provides access to over 2 billion people regional market and DP World's global network of 80+ cargo terminals, enabling trade in countries with over 50% of the global GDP.
In 2017, China was ranked Dubai's number one trading partner, with total annual trade for FY2017 AED 176,5 billion (USD 48 billion).
Port Rashid (aka Mina Rashid)
Dubai's Mina Rashid port is an artificially made commercial seaport opened in 1972. In 1978, it was expanded to 35 berths (mostly used by container ships). The port is equipped with 9 gantry cranes (cargo capacity 1,500,000 TEUs). Here dock general cargo and RoRo vessels, cruise ships and luxury yachts.
- address: "PO Box 17000. Dubai United Arab Emirates"
- phone number +971 4 301 9300
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - AEDXB
- developer/ operator - DPWorld
- supported by excellent road, metro rail and air infrastructure
- capability to accommodate 4 cruise ships at a time
- deep water berths (depth 43 ft / 13 m)
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
The Terminal's area was initially sized 3450 m2 (37130 ft2), increased to 30,000 m2 (323,000 ft2) in 2020-21, when the second terminal (at Dubai Harbour) was completed.
Port Dubai, along with its cruise terminal also has a cargo ship terminal (Dubai Maritime City) and dry dock facilities (Dubai Drydocks) for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs. The cruise port is accessible the whole year round - 24/7, 365 days a year.
In 2019 was inaugurated the Dubai Ferry service linking downtown Al Wajeha Al Maeyah Marine Transport Station (near Dubai Mall / one of the world's largest and most-visited retail shopping destinations) with Dubai Marina Mall (owned by Emaar Malls, subsidiary of Emaar Properties). The ferry crossing time is ~80 min (one-way), with complimentary shuttle service to Dubai Mall and back. Tickets are priced AED 68,25 (USD 18,6) per adult and AED 52,5 (USD 14,3) for kids 5-12 years old.
On December 7, 2019, MSC Cruises signed with DP World a long-term agreement for preferential berthing rights at Mina Rashid Port. The deal was signed on the Dubai-homeported liner MSC Bellissima (2019-built). Currently, MSC is the biggest cruise shipping company operating in the Arabian Gulf.
In 2020 was completed the new Dubai Harbour Cruise Port & Marina project (read more in the Terminal section).
Cruise itineraries to and from Dubai
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Dubai:
- World Cruises - around the world voyages starting in Europe or Australia visit Dubai before or after their Suez Canal transition . Generally are offered smaller world cruise segments with departures from Dubai to ports in Europe (westbound, to Southampton ) or on eastbound routes - in Asia (to Singapore , Hong Kong , Shanghai , Tianjin ) and Australia (to Sydney , Brisbane ). The shortest segments are between Dubai and India, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Turkey.
- 7-day Dubai cruise deals (round-trip departures) are the most common itineraries. They include visiting ports in the UAE ( Abu Dhabi , Khor Fakkan ) also in Oman ( Khasab , Muscat ) and Bahrain ( Mina Salman ).
- Transition itineraries (via Suez Canal/RepositionCruises.com) are with either eastbound routes (from Europe-Mediterranean to Asia) or the reverse/westbound routes (from Asia to Europe /via the Mediterranean Sea).
Among the cruise lines operating from Dubai are AIDA , Costa , MSC , Royal Caribbean , TUI , Marella UK , Seabourn . The list of other UAE cruise ports also includes the Sir Bani Yas Island (private resort destination for MSC and Costa ship tourists). Costa and AIDA were the first to start homeporting in Dubai (since 2006).
"Project Orient Limited" (POL) planned to build two ocean cruise liners for a regular passenger shipping service between Europe-UK and Australia (Southampton - Sydney). The scheduled itinerary is 26 days in one direction (Southampton to Sydney, and the reverse Sydney to Southampton). The included call ports are Fremantle (at the 20-day mark), also Dubai, Mumbai India and Singapore . Each of the STX France-built vessels will be 200,000 GT tons and with capacity 1600 pax. The expected cruise pricing starts from ~GBP 2900 per person (one-way fares with double occupancy).
Dubai cruise terminal
SInce 2020, Dubai City has two cruise ports and all 4 cruise terminals. The Port is located approx 15 km / 9 mi (north, 25-min drive distance) from Dubai Airport (DXB) and approx 37 km / 23 mi (south, 30-min drive distance) from Al Maktoum Airport (in Jebel Ali). It is easy to use a taxi transfer between the Port and downtown.
On May 16, 2021, the ships AIDAprima and AIDAvita became the first to dock at Dubai Harbour's new Palm Island Cruise Terminal.
Dubai Harbour is owned and operated by Shamal Holding (investment firm), which also manages Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (beach resort), Skydive Dubai and Deep-dive Dubai, Kite Beach Dubai, XDubai (adventure and extreme sports), Dubai Film (movie production and rental house), and other entertainment attractions.
(NEW) Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminals and Marina
Opened in October 2020, Dubai Harbour's two new passenger terminals (aka Palm Island Cruise Terminals) have combined floor area 27,870 m2 (300,000 ft2/two equally-sized buildings), total Quay Wall length 910 m (2950 ft), total Pier length 910 m (2985 ft, which allows 2 largest ships to be berthed simultaneously), Pier width 28 m (92 ft), Shipping Channel depth 12,5 m (43 ft), Shipping Channel width 300 m (984 ft), Turning Basin diameter 540 m (1770 ft), Bollards (Tee Head type, capacity 200 tons each), four Passenger Boarding Bridges.
Both Terminals are complete with entertainment venues, leisure spaces, premium retail shopping areas. The new cruise ship terminals in Dubai Harbour are approx 30 km (20 mi) from two international airports (Dubai International, and Al Maktoum/aka Dubai World Central) or just 30-min drive distance from the cruise docks.
Dubai Harbour's two terminals are with berthing capacity 3 mid-sized ships (simultaneously) and 13,200 passengers (at a time). The project was via partnership with Shamal Holding LLC (2016-founded, Dubai-based Investment company with 8 subsidiaries).
Dubai Harbour is linked with the city's transport network (directly connected with its road grid and monorail system).
The new facility was officially inaugurated on December 17, 2021, following the arrival of its first cruise ships - Costa Firenze and AIDAbella . The special ceremony was attended by Abdulla Binhabtoor (Shamal Holding's CPO) and Carnival Corporation top-rank executives, including Giora Israel (SVP Global Ports & Destinations Development), Torben Seidenschnur (Costa Group's Director CEO Office & Strategic Development), Michael Thamm (Costa Group's and Carnival Asia's CEO), Felix Eichhorn (AIDA's President), Mario Zanetti (Costa's President).
(NEW) Dubai Harbour Marina
Smaller ships and superyachts may alternatively dock at Dubai Harbour Marina - the largest and most advanced leisure boating facility in the region of Middle East-North Africa. The marina has total capacity 1100 (boat slots/berths) and can accommodate smaller-sized ships and mega-yachts with max LOA length 160 m (525 ft).
The new Marina is divided into three areas - Harbour Marina, Bay Marina, and Palm View Marina.
- At Harbour Marina are the Harbor Master Building, Yacht Club, a promenade/esplanade (lined up with restaurants, cafes, retail shops), Helipad (helicopter-landing platform), Crew Facility. Harbour Marina's capacity is 566 slots/berths (for yachts with max LOA length 40 m / 131 ft), including 487x slots (for 12-22-meter boats) and 79 slots (for 22-40-meter boats).
- Palm View Marina is surrounded by high residence buildings, hotels, beaches. Palm View Marina's capacity is 37 slots/berths (for superyachts with max LOA length 80 m / 263 ft), including 15 slots (for 12-22-m boats), 6 slots (22-40-m boats) and 19 slots (40-80-m boats).
- Bay Marina is Dubai’s first dedicated to large yachts facility, with a separate Helipad. Bay Marina's capacity is 180 slots/berths (for superyachts with max LOA length 160 m / 525 ft), including 72 slots (for 12-22-m boats), 73 slots (22-40-m boats), 33 slots (40-80-m yachts) and 14 slots (80-160-m superyachts).
All marinas are fitted with wastewater and power connections, fueling stations, storage facilities, waste disposal, food and beverage outlets, buggy service.
Inaugurated in 2018 (November 13th), Dubai Harbour Marina is managed by D-Marin Dubai LLC (part of D-Marin / Istanbul Turkey -based global marina service company that currently operates 14 yacht marinas in 5 countries - Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, UAE). Dubai Marina, like the cruise terminals, is one of the city's architectural landmarks, with contemporary-designed facilities housing brokerage and maritime insurance companies, crews, ship chandlers, premium retail shops, food and beverage outlets.
(NEW) Mina Rashid Cruise Terminal
Mina Rashid Cruise Terminal has 7 berths, which means it can handle 7 large-sized vessels (total passenger capacity 25,000) simultaneously. The terminal was renovated in 2010 and all cargo vessels were moved to the Jebel Ali Port. Port Rashid remained only a terminal for cruise ships. It can handle simultaneously up to 4 vessels. Cruise Terminal 3 is the largest facility (sized 125,000 m2), with capacity 14,000 passengers.
The building is in old Arabic style. Dubai Cruise Port terminal offers facilities like ATM machines, a post office, duty-free, an information center, souvenir shops, internet access, currency exchange, business center, coffee shop. Each hour, tourists can use City Center and Mercato Mall free shuttles.
Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal (Port Rashid)
Dubai's new cruise ship terminal Hamdan bin Mohammed is located at Port Rashid (passenger and cargo port). The complex is considered one of the world's top 5 luxury cruise ports to dock at.
The new terminal was inaugurated in 2015. It is the world’s largest covered cruise facility with a daily passenger capacity of 14,000. For the period 2015-2020, the Hamdan bin Mohammed terminal's business grew 55%. Top daily performances were reported in 2015 (4 liners with ~20,000 passengers+crew), 2017 (5 liners with ~24,000 passengers+crew), 2019 (6 liners with ~35,000 passengers+crew).
Annually, 0,5+ million cruise ship tourists visit Dubai City via Port Rashid's terminals. The complex has as facilities coffee bar lounge, mini-mart, deli (lunch restaurant), premium shops (souvenirs, watches, jewellery, electronics), post office, business center, currency exchange office, ATMs, concierge tour services (to assist day tours in Dubai City). Among the services offered at the terminal are free Internet (and Wi-Fi) and 2 free of charge shopping shuttle buses (1 to Mercato Mall, 1 to City Center Drive) leaving from the terminal's station each hour.
(NEWEST/Carnival) Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal
DHCT-Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal is a new port development project which started in January 2017 and was completed in 2021. Among the attractions that the new complex features are a new building (total area 150,000 ft2 / 13,935 m2, max passenger capacity 6000) and Dubai Lighthouse (height 4380 ft / 135 m) housing a luxury hotel and featuring an observation deck.
This is Dubai's newest (second) cruise terminal facility for which construction was contracted Meraas (holding company, subsidiary of Dubai Holding/owned by the country's ruler/Sheikh). This way, the port became the world's first ever to build 2 new terminals simultaneously, with combined annual capacity 1,2 million passengers. As a location, Dubai Harbour connects some of the city's most famous neighborhoods.
Dubai Harbour is on King Salman Str, between JBR Walk (shopping / dining promenade) and Palm Jumeirah (the famous man-made archipelago). The new complex covers a total area of ~1,9 km2 (0,72 mi2). The project included the cruise port terminal, a large shopping mall (0,33 km2 / 0,13 mi2), a yacht marina (capacity 1400 berths), 3x helipads, an events arena, as well as residential and office buildings, hotels and shops.
Dubai Lighthouse's facade is used as a screen for HD video projections and light shows. The residential complex includes both high and low buildings, as well as waterfront houses and villas, numerous retail shops, cafes and restaurants.
Construction works started in May 2018 after Meraas and Carnival Corporation signed an agreement for partnership, including port development and terminal management. The 186-hectares (1,9 km2 / 0,7 mi2) land development project was officially approved in January 2017 by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Ruler of Dubai).
In July 2019 was contracted ASGC Group (UAE-based and Dubai's largest construction company) to build the new Dubai Cruise Terminal (Meraas's real estate complex) located between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah (Dubai Harbour). ASGC will conduct all construction works (for both main terminal buildings), the 1-km long quay (docking area), also will implement all associated fit-out and external works and will install buildings' fixtures, fittings and equipment. Upon completion, the new terminal will have total floor area 2,7 hectares and daily passenger capacity of 15000.
Dubai Ferry Terminal
All sea connections between the city and the other UAE port cities are served by Mina Rashid Ferry Terminal. It is adjacent to the cruise ship terminal. Ferries dock in the Coastal Berth area. Dubai's Ferry Terminal (like all cruise terminals) is owned by DP World. Among the modern facilities are luggage belts, separate arrival/departure gates, security (police), UAE Customs office. The Ferry Terminal handles around 20,000 passengers per year.
Adjacent to Port Rashid are Dubai Drydocks and Dubai Maritime City. However, there's a plan all cargoship operations to be moved to Jebel Ali Port (by March 2018) leaving Port Rashid as a dedicated cruiseship terminal. The plan also included part of the port to be reclaimed by Nakheel (Dubai real-estate developer) to create an urban waterfront complex housing over 200,000 residents.
In 2019 was inaugurated the Dubai Ferry service linking downtown's Al Wajeha Al Maeyah Marine Transport Station near Dubai Mall (one of the world's largest and most-visited retail shopping destinations) with Dubai Marina Mall (owned by Emaar Malls, subsidiary of Emaar Properties). The ferry crossing time is ~80 min (one-way), with complimentary shuttle service provided to Dubai Mall and back. Tickets are priced AED 68,25 (USD 18,6) per adult and AED 52,5 (USD 14,3) for kids 5-12 years old.
Dubai tours, shore excursions, hotels
City tours and shore excursions.
- Dubai Creek and Creekside Park: this saltwater water way is 24-hour crowded with boats sailing to and from India, Arabia and East Africa. Take a water taxi, visit Creek and its Creekside Park with cafes, mini-golf, gardens and fishing quays.
- Gold Souk: located on the north side of Dubai Creek, find the lowest prices in the world of dimanods, gold, silver, platinum and precious germs.
- Spice Souk: right next to Gold Souk. A spice market. Smell the aromatic atmosphere of flower petals, incense, medicinal herbs, spices and aromatic oils.
- Dubai Museum: located in the Al Fahidi Fort, on the Dubai Creek south coatsline. The place where you will find the history, traditions and Dubai culture and you will reveal the life in the desert.
- Mall of the Emirates: enormous shopping center with over 400 shops, one of the worlds biggest. Find almost all world brands, restaurants, galleries, a ski slope, two mosques and a cinema.
- Bastakia Quarter: located on Dubai Creek north coastline. Ancient area good for a walk.
- Burj Al Arab hotel: the only seven-star hotel, fabulous and spectacular Burj Al Arab soars the sky. If you don’t want to book a room, try the restaurants or take a look at it from the Majlis Al Bahar beach.
- Burj Khalifa: the tallest building in the world, 2,625 ft.
- Al Mamzar Beach: beautiful park with gardens, beaches, play area, picnic tables, showers, cafes and lifeguard. Special day is Wednesday – Al Mamzar Beach is reserved only for women and children.
- Jumeirah Beach Park: only a mile away from the Dubai cruise port terminal, direction South
- The Desert: 4x4 tour in the desert to visit a native village, taste a local meal and all that combined with amazing belly dance.
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- AIDA ships dock for the first time at the new Dubai Cruise Terminal
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AIDAprima and AIDAvita ( CruiseMapper ) were the first cruise ships to dock at the new Dubai Cruise Terminal on March 16, 2021.
The ultra-modern terminal facility in Dubai Harbor, which is located between the islands of “Bluewaters” and “The Palm Jumeirah” in the heart of Dubai, extends over 120,000 square meters. The most popular sights, beautiful beaches and world-famous landmarks of the city such as the 250-meter-high Ain Dubai ferris wheel or the Burj Al Arab are just a stone's throw away. The two international airports are also very easy to reach.
AIDA Cruises is offering seven-day trips to the Orient from Dubai between the end of November 2021 and mid-April 2022. Thanks to a stay of several days, AIDA guests have the opportunity to discover the largest metropolis in the United Arab Emirates on various excursions. Other destinations include Abu Dhabi and the fascinating Muscat in Oman. Pleasant summer temperatures in winter and a moderate flight time of just under six hours are further unbeatable arguments for an oriental cruise.
All AIDA trips up to summer 2022 can be booked in the travel agency, on the Internet at www.aida.de and in the AIDA customer center.
The United Arab Emirates have been one of the destinations of the AIDA fleet since 2006. Together with its local partners, the cruise company has developed the region into one of the most popular cruise destinations for German vacationers in the winter months. In 2018 the Carnival Corporation entered into a strategic partnership with Shamal Holding with the aim of developing Dubai into the most important center for sea tourism in the region. Part of the agreement between the two companies also included the construction of the Dubai Cruise Terminal, the future main hub for the passenger switching and transit activities of the Carnival Corporation in the region, where the first test run with AIDAprima ( CruiseMapper ) and AIDAvita took place.
AIDAprima and AIDAvita First Ships to Dock at New Dubai Cruise Terminal
- March 18, 2021
The AIDAprima and the AIDAvita have become the first cruise ships to dock at the new Dubai Cruise Terminal. The two vessels, operated by AIDA Cruises, docked at the terminal on March 16, 2021, the cruise line announced in a press release.
According to the press release, the new terminals at Dubai Harbor extend over 120,000 square meters. They are located between the islands of Bluewaters and The Palm Jumeirah, in the heart of Dubai.
“The most popular sights, beautiful beaches and world-famous landmarks of the city, such as the 250-meter-high observation wheel Ain Dubai and the Burj Al Arab, are just a stone’s throw away. The two international airports are also very easy to reach,” AIDA Cruises wrote.
Between late November 2021 and mid-April 2022, AIDA Cruises is offering seven-day trips to the Orient from Dubai. Thanks to an overnight stay, AIDA guests have the opportunity to discover the largest metropolis in the United Arab Emirates on various excursions, the cruise line said.
Other destinations on these voyages include Abu Dhabi and the Muscat in Oman.
The United Arab Emirates has been one of the destinations of the AIDA fleet since 2006. Together with its local partners, the cruise company said it has developed the region into one of the most popular cruise destinations for German vacationers in the winter months.
In 2018, AIDA Cruises’ parent company, Carnival Corporation, entered into a strategic partnership with Shamal Holding, with the aim of transforming Dubai into the major maritime tourism hub serving the region.
Part of the agreement included the two companies developing the Dubai Cruise Terminal, where the first test run with the AIDAprima and the AIDAvita took place, to become the primary hub for Carnival Corporation’s homeporting and transit operations in the region.
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Dubai Harbour welcomes 5,500 passengers as cruise season begins
The season is being extended into the summer months for the first time next year.
AIDAcosma sailed into Dubai Harbour to kickstart the 2022/2023 cruise season. Photo: Dubai Harbour
Dubai’s newest cruise hub has welcomed the first passengers of its 2022-2023 season.
Dubai Harbour , the city’s first dedicated cruise facility, welcomed more than 5,500 passengers into the city on Thursday.
Cruising from Germany on the maiden voyage of the AIDAcosma — a first-of-its-kind liquid natural gas or LNG powered ship — travellers docked in Dubai as the first port of call in the ship's new Orient itineraries, which also take in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain.
With more than 2,600 staterooms and 20 passenger decks, the 183,900 gross-tonne ship is the biggest in the German operator's fleet. Onboard, there are 17 restaurants and 23 lounges, a children's pool, water slides and an outdoor sports park.
The AIDAcosma is the first of 46 ship calls expected at Dubai Harbour this cruise season.
The purpose-built terminal is also the first in the region to act as a home port for two sustainably-powered ships — the AIDAcosma, and the soon-to-arrive Costa Toscana which also has LNG propulsion engines.
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It's part of the facility's efforts to help pave the way for increasingly sustainable sailings as LNG is one of the cleanest-burning, non-electric marine fuels in the industry, capable of reducing a ship's emissions by up to 30 per cent.
“We are excited to return to Dubai Harbour — this time round with the maiden call of our youngest fleet member AIDAcosma,” said Alexander Ewig, senior vice president of marketing and sales at AIDA Cruises.
“Through AIDAcosma, we are continuing on our path to green cruising and are elated to be collaborating with Dubai Harbour to do so. We are sure our guests will have a great time, as they set sail on a tour of the Orient this winter 2022/2023, specifically at Dubai Harbour with its line-up of entertaining events and activities, alongside the magnificent Dubai skyline.”
Dubai Harbour sits just over 30km from Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central Airport. It's also within easy reach of the city’s world-famous attractions including Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and The Dubai Mall.
Abdulla Binhabtoor, chief portfolio management officer of Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour, said: “Today is a very special day for us. This is not only the first time we have an LNG-powered cruise ship making its way to the city, but also a new cruise season that we look forward to with renewed excitement and anticipation”.
The cruise season at Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal is also being extended into the summer months of 2023 for the first time, announced Binhabtoor, with ships scheduled to sail into the month of July.
“As we get ready to see full fleets get back in service, we believe there is great scope for extraordinary growth in the region. This includes more destinations, enhanced experiences and new types of cruise travellers,” he said.
The cruise terminals at Dubai Harbour offer an array of amenities and services for passengers and crew — from ample seating areas to currency exchange outlets, ATMs, cafes, retail and duty-free outlets, dedicated parking and taxi stands. All facilities are wheelchair-accessible and Wi-Fi is complimentary.
Inside Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal — in pictures
Dubai Harbour Marina A cruise ship berthed at the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal ahead of the season starting in November. All photos: Chris Whiteoak / The National
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The Dubai Cruise Terminal is located at Port Rashid. It is considered one of the top 5 luxurious ports to dock at. Over 500,000 people yearly dock at Dubai Cruise Terminal. The Port of Dubai facility offers a coffee bar, a deli/lunch operation, and free Internet on five terminals in its business center. There’s a currency exchange office, an ATM and a concierge who can set you up with day tours. The port terminal offers two free shopping shuttles, one each to Mercato Mall and City Center Drive. Departures leave on the hour. Below is a list of other services and facilities that they provide.
DUBAI CRUISE TERMINAL’S FACILITIES AND SERVICES:
- Help desk manned round the clock to cater to the passenger needs, inquiries and distribute city maps, brochures on tourist attractions, heritage sites etc.at free of cost.
- Money exchange
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- Shops selling souvenir, gifts, electronics, jewelry
- Café and a mini mart
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- Ample seating
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- Dedicated taxi rank, monitored by RTA
- Help desks of major shopping malls offering complimentary shuttle bus services
- Terminal houses offices for other Government Departments as well to ensure easy access and swift services for passengers.
- Dubai’s cruise port is about 25 minutes away from the Dubai’s airport.
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How far is Dubai’s airport to Dubai’s cruise port?
It takes about 25 minutes to get from the airport to the port on a good day without much traffic going on. It is a distance of about 14.9 km. You can easily take a taxi to Dubai’s cruise port.
How much will it cost to take a taxi to get to Dubai’s cruise port from Dubai’s airport?
Keep in mind that a 20dh surcharge will be added to your fare when you are picked up from Dubai’s airport or Dubai’s cruise port. It would cost approximately 50dh to 60dh one way. As of today’s money exchange rate, that would be about 15 to 20 dollars in US currency. All taxis are metered and prices are not negotiated.
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Kreuzfahrt nach dubai: zwischen tradition und moderne.
Dubai ist die größte Stadt innerhalb der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, zu denen auch Abu Dhabi, Adschman, Fudschaira, Ra’s al-Chaima, Schardscha und Umm al-Qaiwain zählen. Dabei ist Dubai beeindruckend anders. Vielseitig und temperamentvoll verbindet die Hauptstadt des Emirates mit über 2 Millionen Einwohnern den modernen urbanen Lebensstil mit Tradition und Geschichte. Das Emirat ist zu jeder Jahreszeit eine Kreuzfahrt wert.
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Dubai am Persischen Golf ist das zweitgrößte der sieben Scheichtümer der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate. Im Emirat Dubai leben ca. 2,1 Millionen Menschen.
Das aride Klima sorgt im Winterhalbjahr für Temperaturen zwischen 20 und 30 ˚C. Die Luftfeuchtigkeit kann bis zu 90 % betragen.
Föderation von sieben autonomen Emiraten seit 1971. Die höchste Gewalt liegt beim Obersten Rat der Herrscher, der das Staatsoberhaupt bestimmt.
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Während Sie auf Ihrer Kreuzfahrt den Hafen ansteuern, erhebt sich die Skyline mit ihren zahlreichen Wolkenkratzern majestätisch in den Himmel. Zu den bekanntesten Gebäuden zählt der 828 m messende Burj Khalifa als höchster Turm der Welt. Besucher werden über zwei Aufzüge innerhalb von 55 Sekunden in den 124. Stock befördert. Von der Plattform aus eröffnen sich fantastische Blicke. Sofern Sie keine Höhenangst haben, geht es weiter bis auf 555 m in den 148. Stock mit ebenfalls sensationeller Aussichtsplattform.
Das an ein übergroßes Segel erinnernde Burj al Arab ist ein weiteres Wahrzeichen der Stadt. Auf Deutsch übersetzt lautet der Name „Hotel der Araber“. Es zählt zu den teuersten und luxuriösesten Häusern weltweit und liegt exponiert auf einer künstlich aufgeschütteten Insel. Diese beiden architektonischen Meisterwerke alleine sind eine Reise nach Dubai wert.
Anlaufpunkt für eine Kreuzfahrt nach Dubai ist der Dubai Harbour. Er liegt gut erreichbar für Schiffe aller Größenklassen an der Küste des Persischen Golfs. Die Infrastruktur ist sehr gut ausgebaut, sodass Sie die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Dubai-City wie die Dubai Marina, die Dubai Mall und das Schmuckviertel Goldsouk von hier aus in kurzer Zeit erreichen.
Erster Anlaufpunkt kann der größte Goldmarkt der Welt sein: Hier herrschen tatsächlich Glitzer und Glamour. Souk bedeutet übersetzt Markt, von denen es viele weitere über das Stadtgebiet verteilt gibt. Neben Edelmetallen ist der Orient bekannt für seine Vielfalt an Gewürzen oder Stoffen, die mit exotischen Mustern an zahlreichen Ständen auf sich aufmerksam machen.
Wer sich gerne dem ultimativen Höhenrausch hingibt, wird einen Rundflug über die fantastischen Skyscrapers inklusive des Burj Khalifa mit einem Wasserflugzeug genießen. Erleben Sie auch das Highlight der Palm Islands. Dabei handelt es sich um die künstlich aufgeschütteten Inseln mit den arabischen Namen Jebel Ali und Jumeirah. Durch diese bauliche Maßnahme wurde die Küste in Dubai um rund 100 km verlängert.
Die historische Seite Dubais erleben
Dubai als Emirat ist reich an Geschichte, die sich in dem historischen Stadtteil Al Fahidi widerspiegelt, auf Arabisch als Al-Bastakiyya. Dieser Teil der Stadt wirkt wie ein bewusst gestalteter Gegenentwurf zum modernen Großstadtleben. Ein Spaziergang durch das Viertel fühlt sich an wie eine Reise durch mehrere Jahrhunderte. Die Straßen sind gesäumt von traditionell orientalischen Gebäuden, die unter Verwendung ursprünglicher Materialien restauriert worden sind. Innerhalb der historischen Bauten befinden sich mittlerweile zahlreiche Cafés, Galerien und kleine Läden, die einen reizvollen Kontrastpunkt zu den riesigen Shoppingmalls setzen.
Ebenso beeindruckend ist das Dubai Museum vor Ort. Es liegt in dem einstigen Al Fahidi Fort, das im Jahr 1787 erbaut wurde. Präsentiert werden archäologische Funde, die einen Einblick in das einstige Leben der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate bieten. Ebenfalls interessant ist die Sammlung an Luftaufnahmen, die das unglaubliche Wachstum der morgenländischen Metropole im Zeitraffertempo von 1950 bis heute dokumentiert. Ein weiteres architektonisches Highlight ist das Sheikh-Saeed-Haus mit dem prägnanten Windturm, der als natürliche Klimaanlage fungiert. Es handelt sich um die Residenz des ehemaligen Herrschers Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. Heute befindet sich in den Räumen ein Museum. Genießen Sie Ihren Aufenthalt in diesem Viertel, in dem Sie ein Hauch des ursprünglichen Orients umweht.
Dubai bei Nacht: ein quirlig-buntes Lichtermeer
Sobald die Sonne im Persischen Golf untergeht, präsentiert sich die Stadt im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes in einem anderen Licht. Genießen Sie während Ihrer Kreuzfahrt deshalb auch die Nacht im Emirat. Lohnenswert ist ein Besuch von The Dubai Fountain: Zwischen 18 Uhr und 23 Uhr können Sie dieses Spektakel alle halbe Stunde bewundern. Das Wasser des farbenfroh beleuchteten Springbrunnens erklimmt eine gigantische Höhe bis zu 150 m, begleitet von orientalischen, arabischen, klassischen und internationalen Klängen.
Ebenso beeindruckend ist eine Fahrt mit dem Schiff bei Nacht über den Dubai Creek. Die natürliche Wasserstraße zieht sich über 16 km quer durch die Stadt. Um Sie herum tanzen die Lichter der Großstadt, während Sie ein feines Dinner genießen. Während der Tour auf einem massiven Holzschiff eröffnet sich Ihnen ein facettenreiches Bild, mosaikartig zusammengesetzt aus Moderne und Tradition. Die Wolkenkratzer präsentieren sich noch eindrucksvoller als bei Tag.
Ähnlich faszinierend ist die Sanddünenwelt des Emirats außerhalb der Stadtgrenzen. Fahren Sie mit einem robusten Jeep oder reiten Sie auf einem Kamel: Es breitet sich ein beeindruckender Sternenhimmel über Ihnen aus. Ein Anblick, der lange in Erinnerung bleibt. Einmal fühlen wie einst stolze Beduinen in der Wüste, könnte das Motto lauten. Mit ein wenig Glück zeigen sich zudem Wildtiere wie Antilopen und Gazellen vor Ihrer Kamera.
Kreuzfahrt entlang der Arabischen Emirate
Dubai ist ebenso wie Abu Dhabi ein guter Startpunkt für eine Kreuzfahrt mit orientalischem Flair. Beide Städte verfügen über einen Flughafen mit internationaler und interkontinentaler Anbindung. Ein Direktflug etwa von Frankfurt am Main nach Dubai Airport dauert rund sechs Stunden. Von Land zu Land, von Hafen zu Hafen gibt es viel zu entdecken, wenn es mit dem Kreuzfahrtschiff auf faszinierende Cruises geht. Zu den weiteren spannenden Anlaufpunkten einer Orient-Kreuzfahrt zählen neben Dubai auch Muscat, Abu Dhabi und Khalifa Bin Salman. Auch eine Schiffs-Route ab Venedig über das Mittelmeer und die Suezkanal Passage nach Dubai und Abu Dhabi ist bliebt. Machen Sie sich auf eine Reise, die an Vielseitigkeit kaum zu überbieten ist.
Dubai Harbour welcomes its first cruise passengers from cruise ship AIDAbella
25 Nov, 2021
- Cruise passengers arriving at Dubai Harbour are within easy reach from the city’s world-famous attractions such as Burj Al Arab, Bluewaters Island, and Palm Jumeirah - Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal is close to both of Dubai’s international airports – a gateway to Dubai and international destinations - Dubai Harbour further enhances Dubai’s position as a leading global tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world Dubai Harbour, an extraordinary seafront district, today welcomes the arrival of its first cruise passengers comprising approximately 1,200 passengers and 600 crew members aboard the 252-metre-long Cruise Ship AIDAbella. Operated by AIDA Cruises, the maiden call of the AIDAbella at the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal marks the start of the cruise season at Dubai Harbour and the official debut of the region’s most modern and largest, standalone dedicated twin cruise terminal centre in the Eastern hemisphere, capable of the simultaneous handling of two of the largest cruise ships currently operating globally. As the owning-company and curator of Dubai Harbour, the diversified investment firm Shamal Holding is the driving force behind making Dubai Harbour an exceptional seafront district. Dubai’s 2021-2022 season, which commenced in October, is expected to welcome 126 ship calls and over 500,000 cruise visitors, contributing further to the momentum of Dubai’s tourism recovery. More than 150,000 passengers are forecast to visit Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal in its first season. Located at the centre of modern Dubai, Dubai Harbour is within easy reach from the city’s key landmarks – including the Burj Al Arab, Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island, and Palm Jumeirah, giving cruise passengers easy access to some of the world’s most iconic experiences. The cruise terminals, which are part of the incredible Dubai Harbour development, showcase the spectacular and beautiful Dubai harbour skyline to our guests and offer a wide array of amenities and services for passengers and crew – from ample seating areas to washrooms, currency exchange outlets, ATMs, cafes, retail outlets, Duty-Free, dedicated parking, taxi stands and much more. All facilities are wheelchair accessible and complimentary WIFI is enabled for passengers and crew to stay connected. Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer, Shamal Holding commented, “Today marks a very special day for us, and we are excited to welcome the first cruise passengers to the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal. Not only does this mark the beginning of a new era for the cruising industry in the UAE, but it further elevates Dubai Harbour’s position as an extraordinary seafront district in the region.” Referencing its alignment with Dubai Tourism Strategy, Binhabtoor explained that “Along with the launch of Expo 2020 Dubai this year, the opening of the cruise terminal represents a significant milestone in realising Dubai’s destiny to become the most visited city in the world. However, it is not only a fantastic lifestyle leisure destination for cruise passengers from every corner of the world – it is a natural gateway to the many wonders that Dubai has to offer and other international destinations. We look forward to working with partners across the trade and tourism ecosystem to advance and play a leading role in delivering the objectives of Dubai’s Tourism Strategy.” Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented, “Under the visionary leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we have successfully navigated our way out of the unprecedented global challenge and have set our sights on leveraging the momentum that is accelerating across sectors including tourism to position Dubai as the world’s most preferred and visited destination. The continued success of our cruise business depends on a number of key factors such as partnerships with more and more leading cruise lines, collaboration with major Dubai entities such as Shamal Holding and the availability of world-class infrastructure and facilities like the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal. With the new cruise season in full swing, we are proud to be consistently included as a key port of call by the world’s largest and most popular ocean liners, as evidenced by the arrival of AIDAbella and the first passengers to the new Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal, further reinforcing Dubai’s global reputation as the ultimate cruise gateway to the region.” The infrastructure at the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal comprises two terminal buildings that offer passengers and crew a safe, comfortable, and seamless experience. Designed to process over 3,250 passengers per hour, the highly efficient and modern terminals are located on a pier stretch of over 910 meters and can accommodate a complete passenger turnaround of two mega cruise ships simultaneously. The purpose-built terminals ensure simplified and streamlined immigration and customs screening processes, and the dedicated access routes for passengers and crew, facilitated by Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges, allow uninterrupted flow between the ship and the terminal. “We are excited and proud to bring AIDAbella, the ninth ship back into service, offering our guests voyages in the Orient in winter 2021/2022 and specifically to Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal located in this wonderful seafront district nestled within the Dubai Harbour development and the Palm Jumeirah and in close proximity to Dubai landmark tourist attractions. A special highlight of this year’s cruise season is the World EXPO 2020,” said Felix Eichhorn, President of AIDA Cruises. AIDA Cruises is the market leader in the German-speaking cruise market and currently operates one of the most modern fleets in the world with 13 cruise ships, including the first ever LNG propulsion cruise ship built. AIDA Cruises is one out of the nine world leading cruise lines forming part of Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies.
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AIDAcosma kicks off Dubai Harbour cruise season a week after TUI from Port Rashid
Dubai’s new seafront district Dubai Harbour has received its first cruise ship of the 2022/23 Arabian Gulf cruise season with the arrival of AIDAcosma.
AIDAcosma is a German mega ship for AIDA Cruises , carrying more than 5,500 passengers, and at 180,000-gross tons is one of the largest cruise ships to homeport in the region.
Although AIDAcosma is the first cruise ship to arrive at Dubai Harbour, she is not the first ship of the season for Dubai, as Mein Schiff 6 of TUI Cruises arrived at Port Rashid last week.
AIDAcosma at sea
Like MSC World Europa, AIDAcosma is homeporting in Dubai for her maiden cruise season, and will sail roundtrip 7-day cruises from the city to ports in the UAE and Oman.
Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal officials marked the occasion with a plaque exchange with the ships captain, a maritime tradition, to commemorate its maiden call.
AIDAcosma will contribute to the more than 300,000 cruise tourists that are expected to visit Dubai through Dubai Harbour during the current cruise season, making up a significant portion of the more than 800,000 expected in the city as a whole.
AIDAcosma features a range of exciting experiences and amenities including a Fun Park, children’s pool, water slide, an outdoor sports deck, and 17 restaurants and 23 lounges, serving a wide variety of cuisines from around the world.
“We are excited to return to Dubai Harbour – this time round with the maiden call of our youngest fleet member AIDAcosma,” said Alexander Ewig, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales at AIDA Cruises.
“Through AIDAcosma, we are continuing on our path to green cruising and are elated to be collaborating with Dubai Harbour to do so,” he added. “We are sure our guests will have a great time, as they set sail on a tour of the region this winter 2022/2023, specifically at Dubai Harbour with its line-up of entertaining events and activities, alongside the magnificent Dubai skyline.”
The cruise terminals, which are part of the Dubai Harbour development, showcase the Dubai JBR skyline to guests and offer a wide array of amenities and services for passengers and crew – from ample seating areas to washrooms, currency exchange outlets, ATMs, Emirates Airline Check-in facility, cafes, retail outlets, Duty-Free, dedicated parking, taxi stands and more.
All facilities are wheelchair accessible and complimentary WIFI is enabled for passengers and crew to stay connected.
AIDAcosma arrives at Dubai Harbour
The wider Dubai Harbour is home to a wide range of upscale living, retail and hospitality experiences that combine to form a vibrant maritime lifestyle offering. The area is also within easy reach of the city’s key landmarks – including the Burj Al Arab, Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island, and Palm Jumeirah.
As part of the Carnival Corporation group, AIDA Cruises has exclusively access to Dubai Harbour alongside Costa Cruises. The Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal was built in partnership by Shamal Holdings and Carnival Corporation to be the cruise company’s regional base of operations.
The Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal comprises two terminal buildings that offer passengers and crew a safe, comfortable, and seamless experience.
Designed to process over 3,250 passengers per hour, the highly efficient and modern terminals are located on a 910-metre pier, and can accommodate two mega cruise ships simultaneously.
All other cruise lines visiting Dubai and cruising from the city continue to use Port Rashid, which is home to the Dubai Cruise Terminal, one of the largest cruise infrastructure projects in the world.
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Dubai Harbour Welcomes First Passengers For The 2022/23 Cruise Season Arriving Aboard The AIDAcosma, A First-Of-Its-Kind Eco-Friendly Ship
- November 17, 2022
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- First cruise passengers for the season arrived on 17 th November 2022, with 46 ship calls expected until June 2023 and more than 300,000 visitors during the cruise season
- Dubai Harbour will be the first in the region to be the homeport for two eco-friendly ships – the AIDAcosma, followed by the Costa Toscana
- Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal is the region’s first ever dedicated cruise facility, close to both of Dubai’s International airports – a gateway to Dubai and international destinations
- Dubai Harbour further enhances Dubai’s position as a leading global tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 November 2022 : Today Dubai Harbour, the city’s extraordinary seafront district, has welcomed its first cruise ship – the AIDAcosma, officially starting its 2022/23 cruise season. Setting sail from Germany on its maiden voyage, AIDAcosma is a first-of-its-kind liquid natural gas (LNG) powered ship with a capacity of over 5,500 passengers. To mark the arrival, DHCT Management along with public and private sector stakeholders will exchange plaques with the Ship Captain, a maritime tradition, to commemorate its maiden call. Throughout the season, more than 300,000 passengers are expected to arrive at the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal, marking extraordinary growth for the cruise industry.
Operated by AIDA Cruises, with 20 passenger decks and 2,600 staterooms, the AIDAcosma is one of the largest cruise ships within the AIDA fleet. The ship hosts a range of exciting experiences and features including a Fun Park, children’s pool, water slide, an outdoor sports deck, as well as 17 restaurants and 23 lounges, serving a wide variety of cuisines from around the world. As the homeport for AIDAcosma, Dubai Harbour will pave the way for green cruising by becoming the first to host a brand-new LNG powered cruise ship. LNG is one of the cleanest-burning, non-electric marine fuels in the industry and can reduce emissions by up to 30 per cent.
Alexander Ewig, Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales at AIDA Cruises commented: “We are excited to return to Dubai Harbour – this time round with the maiden call of our youngest fleet member AIDAcosma. Through AIDAcosma, we are continuing on our path to green cruising and are elated to be collaborating with Dubai Harbour to do so. We are sure our guests will have a great time, as they set sail on a tour of the Orient this winter 2022/2023, specifically at Dubai Harbour with its line-up of entertaining events and activities, alongside the magnificent Dubai skyline.”
As the owning-company and curator of Dubai Harbour, the diversified investment firm Shamal Holding is the driving force behind making Dubai Harbour an exceptional seafront district. The cruise terminals, which are part of the incredible Dubai Harbour development, showcase the spectacular and beautiful Dubai Harbour skyline to guests and offer a wide array of amenities and services for passengers and crew – from ample seating areas to washrooms, currency exchange outlets, ATMs, Emirates Airline Check-in facility, cafes, retail outlets, Duty-Free, dedicated parking, taxi stands and much more. All facilities are wheelchair accessible and complimentary WIFI is enabled for passengers and crew to stay connected.
Dubai Harbour is home to a wide range of upscale living, retail and hospitality experiences that combine to form the region’s most vibrant, and comprehensive maritime lifestyle offering. Located at the centre of modern Dubai, Dubai Harbour is within easy reach from the city’s key landmarks – including the Burj Al Arab, Ain Dubai, Bluewaters Island, and Palm Jumeirah, giving cruise passengers easy access to some of the world’s most iconic experiences.
Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer, Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour said: “ Today is a very special day for us. This is not only the first time we have an LNG-powered cruise ship making its way to the city, but also a new cruise season that we look forward to with renewed excitement and anticipation. As we get ready to see full fleets get back in service, we believe there is great scope for extraordinary growth in the region. This includes more destinations, enhanced experiences and new types of cruise travellers. After the success of our last cruise season, we have continued to make investments across Dubai Harbour and Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminals and will also be extending our cruise season into the summer months of 2023 for the first time, with ships calling well into the month of June for overnight port stays for passenger turnaround. We look forward to continuing to play our part in welcoming more passengers and ships, as we aim to contribute to the region’s cruise tourism sector . ”
H.E. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: “As Dubai continues to make waves across global tourism, the arrival of the first cruise travellers at Dubai Harbour for the new season will further reinforce Dubai’s position as a leading cruise tourism hub in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to make our city the world’s most sought-after and visited destination. The continuous efforts of Shamal Holding to enhance Dubai’s cruise tourism sector by developing world-class projects, infrastructure and facilities such as the Dubai Harbour is a testament to the tireless efforts of our valued stakeholders and partners to expand Dubai’s diverse destination proposition. As sustainability and decarbonisation are crucial elements of Dubai’s tourism strategy, we welcome the arrival of eco-friendly cruise ships like the Aida Cosma, further boosting our efforts to become a major sustainable tourism destination. We are also proud to be consistently included as a key port of call by the world’s largest and most popular ocean liners, highlighting Dubai’s global reputation as the ultimate cruise gateway to the region.”
The infrastructure at the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal comprises two terminal buildings that offer passengers and crew a safe, comfortable, and seamless experience. Designed to process over 3,250 passengers per hour, the highly efficient and modern terminals are located on a pier stretch of over 910 meters and can accommodate a complete passenger turnaround of two mega cruise ships simultaneously.
The purpose-built terminals ensure simplified and streamlined immigration, as well as customs screening processes, with the dedicated access routes for passengers and crew, facilitated by Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges, allowing uninterrupted flow between the ship and the terminal.
AIDA Cruises is the market leader in the German-speaking cruise market and currently operates one of the most modern fleets in the world with 13 cruise ships, including the first-ever LNG propulsion cruise ship built. AIDA Cruises is one of the nine world-leading cruise lines forming part of Carnival Corporation & plc, one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies.
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Bei einer Orient-Kreuzfahrt darf eine Stadt auf keinen Fall fehlen: Dubai! Die fesselnde Skyline mit ihren zahlreichen Wolkenkratzern wird Sie mit Sicherheit faszinieren. Auf dieser Seite finden Sie alle wichtigen Informationen und Tipps zum Kreuzfahrt-Hafen in Dubai inklusive Lageplan und zu den Transfermöglichkeiten.
Port of Dubai – der Hafen von Dubai
Dubai wird nicht umsonst als Stadt voller Gegensätze bezeichnet. Hier treffen Sie sowohl auf Luxus und Extravaganz als auch auf Tradition und Geschichte. Mit seinen gut 3 Millionen Einwohnern ist Dubai die größte Stadt der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate (VAE) am Persischen Golf. Die beeindruckende Skyline können Sie schon aus der Ferne vom Schiff aus bewundern, wobei Ihnen mit Sicherheit vor allem ein Gebäude ins Auge springen wird: Der 828 Meter hohe Burj Khalifa.
Direkt im Terminal finden Sie eine Touristeninformation . Dort erhalten Sie auch kostenlos Stadtkarten und Metropläne sowie Informationen über Veranstaltungen und Sehenswürdigkeiten und haben die Möglichkeit, Geld zu wechseln. In Dubai wird mit Dirham gezahlt. 4 VAE-Dirham entsprechen etwa 1 Euro.
In Dubai gibt es drei große Häfen: Der Containerhafen Jebel Ali, der alte Hafen Port Rashid und der neue Hafen Dubai Harbour , an dem die Kreuzfahrtschiffe anlegen. Dort gibt es ein modernes, 1,5 Kilometer langes Terminal, an dem etliche Kreuzfahrtschiffe gleichzeitig liegen können. Bei der Einfahrt in den Hafen lohnt es sich, an Deck zu sein, da die Stadt schon von weitem mit seiner faszinierenden Skyline überzeugt.
Der Hafen liegt im Südosten der arabischen Halbinsel an der Küste des Persischen Golfs. Das Cruise Terminal in Dubai befindet sich relativ weit außerhalb der Stadt. Da das Hafengebiet kein öffentliches Gelände ist, dürfen Sie sich zu Fuß nicht frei bewegen.
Im Kreuzfahrtterminal finden Sie neben einer Touristeninformation, einer Post und Geldautomaten auch einige Cafés und Restaurants sowie Gebetsräume. Draußen warten dann Taxen und Shuttle-Busse.
Der Dubai Harbour wurde auf einer künstlich angelegten Insel errichtet und ist der neuere und gleichzeitig auch der höchstentwickeltere der beiden Häfen. In der größten Marina der Region finden sowohl Kreuzfahrtschiffe als auch Yachten Platz. Der Dubai Harbour glänzt mit drei Liegeplätzen und zwei modernen Terminals.
Bereits im Voraus können Sie sich über die Ankünfte der Kreuzfahrtschiffe informieren. Dort finden Sie auch eine Hafenkarte mit z.B. der Anlegestelle der AIDA und sehen die aktuellen Schiffe im Hafen von Dubai.
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Transfer zum Kreuzfahrt-Hafenterminal
Viele Besucher fragen sich, wie lange der Transfer vom Flughafen zum Hafen in Dubai dauert. In Dubai gibt es zwei Flughäfen, an denen Sie landen können. Vom Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport gelangen Sie mit einem Taxi innerhalb einer Stunde zum Hafen. Die Entfernung vom Flughafen Dubai zum Hafen, wie zu Mein Schiff, liegt bei rund 65 Kilometern . Vom Flughafen Dubai können Sie außerdem die Metro nehmen.
Hierfür steigen Sie direkt am Terminal 1 oder 2 in die Metro „Rote Linie“ und fahren bis zur Station „Union“ . Dort müssen Sie umsteigen auf die „Grüne Linie“ , die Sie dann bis zur Station „Al Ras“ bringt. Da Sie sich auf dem Hafengelände nicht frei zu Fuß bewegen dürfen, benötigen Sie für das letzte Stück zum Hafen ein Taxi.
Zum Hafen Dubai Harbour steigen Sie am Terminal 3 Metro Station 1 in die rote Linie nach DMCC Metro Station 1 ein. Eine Fahrt kostet zwischen 1-3€.
Oder Sie nehmen den Bus: Am Terminal 3 steigen Sie in den Bus C01 nach Gold Souq station danach in die Linie 8 nach Jumeirah Beach Residence Station 1, Seaside.
Alternativ können Sie sich auch einen Privattransfer buchen, der Sie direkt vom Flughafen zum Hafen bringt.
Außerdem können Sie sich auch ein Hotel am Kreuzfahrthafen in Dubai nehmen, wenn Sie vorher noch ein bisschen auf eigene Faust die Stadt erkunden möchten.
Wie erreiche ich das Stadtzentrum?
Das Stadtzentrum von Dubai liegt um den Meeresarm Dubai Creek , an dem auch der Burj Khalifa steht. Aber auch der Stadtteil Jumeirah ist sehr beliebt, da es dort die bekanntesten Sights und Aktivitäten zu entdecken gibt.
- Öffentlicher Nahverkehr : Taxi bis zur Metrostation Al Ras, anschließend grüne Metrolinie in das Stadtzentrum
- Sie können direkt vom Hafen auch mit einem der Taxen ins Stadtzentrum fahren. Diese verfügen über ein Taxameter.
- Die kostenlosen Shuttle Busse bieten eine gute Alternative zum Taxi, um in die Stadt zu gelangen
Fortbewegung in Dubai
In Dubai gibt es viele verschiedene Möglichkeiten, die Stadt zu erkunden.
- Metro: Mit den Linien der Red Line und Green Line erreichen Sie praktisch das komplette Stadtgebiet.
- Tagesticket Gold Class: 16 Euro, normales Tagesticket: 12 Euro, Einzelfahrten richten sich nach Zonen, Kauf vor Ort am Schalter oder an Automaten
- Monorail bringt Sie bis zum Hotel Atlantis
- Firmen: Big Bus Tours oder City Sightseeing
- Tickets können Sie vorab online für ca. 45 Euro kaufen
- Sie können an jeder Haltestelle ein- und aussteigen
- Grundpreis liegt umgerechnet bei etwas unter einem Euro und der Kilometerpreis bei etwa 40 Cent, Aufschläge am Hafen und Flughafen
- Beachten Sie die Farben der Taxen: Bunte Taxen sind günstiger, rosafarbige Taxen richten sich an Frauen und Kinder
- Entfernungen sind in Dubai sehr weit, weshalb Sie zu Fuß nicht viel von der Stadt entdecken können
Landausflüge in Dubai
Dubai ist eine sehr beeindruckende Stadt, in der es viel zu sehen gibt. Wollen Sie die Stadt beispielsweise mit einer Stadtrundfahrt oder Hafenrundfahrt erleben? Dann buchen Sie Ihren Landausflug in Dubai über „Meine Landausflüge“ und profitieren Sie von kleinen Gruppen und fairen Preisen.
Am Flughafen bieten Ihnen verschiedene Gesellschaften die Möglichkeit, ihr Gepäck unterzubringen oder auch zuzustellen. Bei einer Aufbewahrung über 12 Stunden sollten Sie etwa mit 5 Euro rechnen, Wertgegenstände oder größeres Gepäck kosten etwas mehr.
Dubai Live Webcam
Sie können sich die Stadt schon im Vorfeld über die Live Webcam ansehen. Dort können Sie auch zwischen verschiedenen Webcams wählen.
Kreuzfahrtreedereien, welche Dubai anfahren
Bei einer Kreuzfahrt im Orient gehört Dubai einfach dazu und die Skyline beeindruckt schon von weitem. Der Hafen wird sowohl von kleinen als auch von großen Reedereien angefahren. Entdecken Sie Dubai und dessen Hafen beispielsweise mit der Mein Schiff 4, die auch in Doha und Abu Dhabi hält.
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Weitere Informationen über den Hafen
Falls Sie noch weitere Informationen zum Kreuzfahrthafen benötigen, besuchen Sie die offizielle Website von Dubai:
E-Mail: [email protected] Tel.:+971 488 155 55 Offizielle Website: Tourismus Dubai
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