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Malcolm Oliver drew my attention in a post in his blog to an announcement in the last couple of days concerning the development of a new cruise terminal in Dubai. It will be jointly developed by a local agency, Meraas, and Carnival Corporation. Here’s a link to Malcolm’s post, and here’s a link to an article in a trade journal about the announcement.

It so happens that I have an interest in the whereabouts of the cruise terminal in Dubai, as I have just booked myself another of my Asian holidays, for February 2019. I’ll be having a few days in Bangkok followed by a 10 night cruise on Oceana, and because I’m making my own arrangements I’ll have to get from Dubai airport to the (present) cruise terminal at Port Rashid under my own steam – I won’t be able to use the P&O transfers. I was pleased to see that Port Rashid is not too far from the airport, but my interest was piqued by the new announcement. Where will the new terminal be? – will it be a development of the current facility at Port Rashid, or a new one at a different location?

I contacted the named developer, Meraas, and received this reply:

“Dubai Harbour will be home to Dubai Cruise Terminal.

 Launched in January 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Harbour is located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street in the Mina Seyahi area and is set to span 20 million square feet.

The development will feature a shopping mall, luxury residential units, restaurants, cafés, hotels and a yacht club, as well as Dubai Lighthouse, a 150-metre high architectural masterpiece with a viewing platform offering stunning panoramic views of Dubai.

 In addition, to Dubai Cruise Terminal, Dubai Harbour will boast the largest yacht marina in the Middle East and North Africa with 1,100 berths capable of accommodating some of the world’s largest yachts up to 150 metres. Its diverse infrastructure will include an extensive road network, as well as marine and air transportation facilities, a monorail line, a bridge to Bluewaters and water taxi stations.”

It turns out this is a quite a bit further from the airport than is Port Rashid – at least double, i.e. 30kms + rather than about 15kms. I don’t know how much of an issue that will be – there are lots of other ports where the airport is a long way form the terminal, e.g. the port of Civitavecchia which is 60kms or more from the airports at Rome. In any case, most passengers will be arriving with transfers included. But the map alongside shows all three relevant locations: the area where the nw terminal will be (lower left-hand side), Dubai International Airport (top right-hand side) and the current cruise terminals at Port Rashid (top centre – more-or-less opposite the airport, but on the coast.)

The new terminal will open in ‘Fall 2020’.


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