A strong start to the cruise season in the emirate

Dubai receives 2,000 marine tourists on board the ship "Main Chef-6"


The Emirate of Dubai announced the start of a new season for cruise tourism, with the reception of the Hamdan bin Mohammed building for passengers at Port Rashid, the ship "Main Chef-6", affiliated to the "TUI Cruise Line" company, with more than 2,000 passengers from different countries on board, which is the first trip. Among the many luxury cruise ship trips expected to be received during the coming period in "Port Rashid", as well as in "Dubai Harbor", with expectations of landing more than 126 cruise ships carrying more than 500,000 tourists from all countries during this season, which heralds a good season. Strong tourism, especially with the easing of travel restrictions in many countries, for Dubai to continue to consolidate its position as a preferred tourist destination and a leading global center for marine tourism.

exceptional stage

His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Crisis and Emergency Management in Dubai, stressed that the strong performance indicators of various economic sectors, especially the tourism sector, and the continuous increase in the number of tourists and visitors, are but the fruits of the vision and directives of the owner. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and evidence that collectively constitute irrefutable proof that the emirate has passed an exceptional stage, and evidence of gaining the confidence of visitors by providing them with a safe atmosphere that guarantees them the highest levels of safety.

move fast

His Highness also stressed that the rapid and deliberate action in confronting the pandemic and addressing its repercussions, and the solidarity of the roles of the various agencies within a unified and highly effective framework, has begun to bear fruit faster than expected, and within record time when compared to major tourist markets and major economies around the world, which highlights the continuation of Dubai In proving its ability to deal with all challenges with great efficiency and high flexibility to ensure that it maintains its gains, returns the growth curve to its natural upward path, and resumes its ambitious plans backed by a world-class infrastructure, and a work system based on a model partnership between the public and private sectors, and an atmosphere through which it seeks To consolidate its position as the best city to live, work and visit in the world.

Visitor safety

His Highness said that the health and safety of visitors and guests will remain at the forefront of the Dubai government's priorities, which is evident in the safety and public health procedures and protocols, which are strictly applied in all travel outlets and tourist and service facilities throughout the Emirates, similar to the rest of the sectors operating in the emirate.


For his part, the Chairman and CEO of DB World Group, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, said, "Despite the difficult circumstances the world has witnessed, the UAE and Dubai have been able to show a great deal of flexibility in facing the global challenges these circumstances have brought. Continuing to evolve and adapt to the rapid changes;

It was one of the first cities in the world to open its markets in July 2020 to the business, corporate and travel sector, and it continues to adopt this approach with full commitment to comply with health and safety procedures.”

Significant results

Bin Sulayem added: “We have also achieved remarkable results in terms of combating the spread of the (Covid-19) pandemic, and providing vaccination doses against the virus, as the credit for these achievements is due to the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Ruler of Dubai, which has enabled Dubai to maintain its position as a leading tourist destination.”

He stated that "these efforts were reinforced by the launch of (Expo 2020 Dubai), which gave more impetus to the tourism sector, including the cruise ship sector, which is a major factor in developing the economy of the UAE."

add quality

Bin Sulayem continued, "The arrival of the (Main Chef-6) ship at the Hamdan bin Mohammed building for travelers at the cruise ship terminal in Port Rashid, constitutes a qualitative addition to stimulating the recovery in this sector, and encouraging the operators of the leading cruise ship lines to operate more trips towards the emirate. Through Port Rashid, and its distinguished cruise ship terminal, which provides added value to the luxury cruise ship sector globally, we will continue our endeavor to support the recovery of the global tourism industry, in cooperation with our partners and support their businesses, as well as all parties concerned with this sector.”

favorite destination

In turn, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai (Dubai Tourism), Hilal Saeed Al Marri, said: “We are proud that Dubai has become a leading international destination for cruises in the region, reflecting the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE. The ruler of Dubai, which aims to make the emirate the first and preferred destination in the world and the most attractive for visitors and repeat visits.”

He added, "The arrival of the (Main Chef-6) flight to Dubai highlights the importance of the cruise sector in the emirate, as well as its position as a tourist destination full of diverse attractions, with the application of protocols and controls that guarantee the health and safety of cruise passengers, and also carries positive indications of the return of activity. marine tourist to Dubai;

Being one of the preferred destinations for travelers from all over the world,” stressing that Dubai Tourism is committed to cooperating with all its partners to implement safety and public health protocols for cruise ships.

high demand

Al-Marri expected a large number of visitors to Dubai via cruises with the start of the new season, saying: “There is no doubt that 2021 is an exceptional year for us in the UAE, as we will host the (Expo 2020 Dubai) exhibition, as well as the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the founding of the country, and other Important events and events, including the arrival of the cruise ship (Min Schiff-6), affiliated with TUI Cruises, which enhances Dubai’s position as a major destination for cruises in the region, and represents an important step to achieve new levels of growth for this sector in the UAE. Dubai Tourism is working closely with partners and stakeholders in the public and private sectors and giant cruise tourism companies, to confirm adherence to health guidelines and preventive measures, to ensure the safety of travelers, so that they feel peace of mind and reassurance during their visit to Dubai, which also confirms the emirate's continued leadership and its efforts in the recovery of the global tourism sector.

• “The Sector” is preparing for a successful season, amid expectations of receiving 500,000 passengers on 126 ships.

Mansour bin Mohammed:

• «Mohammed bin Rashid’s vision and directives are the basis for strong performance indicators for various economic sectors in Dubai, including the tourism sector».

• «The growing number of tourists is proof of Dubai's success in overcoming an exceptional stage, and gaining the confidence of visitors in providing a safe atmosphere».


The Main Chef-6 ship is anchored in Dubai, before sailing again to complete its journey in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The arrival of the first cruise ship to Dubai comes a few weeks after the participation of the Cruise Arabia alliance, which includes in its membership a group of authorities and bodies Regional partners concerned with this sector, including Dubai, participated in Seatrade Cruise Global, which was held in Miami, USA, with the aim of promoting the marine tourism sector in the region.

Noticeable growth

Over the past decade, cruises in Dubai have witnessed a remarkable growth, due to the continuous influx of major cruise ships to Dubai ports, while many luxury ships have chosen the emirate as their main departure station.

The 2021-2022 season is expected to witness greater concerted efforts to promote marine tourism in Dubai, through the emirate's advanced infrastructure, including the award-winning Hamdan Bin Mohammed Passenger Terminal in Port Rashid, which can receive seven huge cruise ships. Simultaneously, as well as "Dubai Harbor", which is equipped to receive more than 3,000 passengers per hour.

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