Mini metro tube system for Dubai's 3 cruise terminals
As part of its commitment to enhancing Dubai’s cruise tourism infrastructure, DP World has announced plans to connect the three Dubai cruise terminals with a tube system for ease of movement between them.
Dubai’s strategic vision for cruise tourism targets one million cruise passengers to visit the emirate per year starting 2020, revealed Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.
As part of this vision, a new cruise terminal is to be built, while tube systems connecting the three exisiting terminals will ensure that Dubai remains the cruise hub of the Middle East.
Mina Rashid is, at the moment, the number one cruise terminal in the MENA region, in terms of traffic and infrastructure, says Bin Sulayem.
“Our goal now is to go all-out and make the passenger-friendly facility the best in the world. To that end, we have joined hands with all authorities present at the port, including Dubai Customs, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and Dubai Police to deliver expedited, top-notch services to cruise tourists,” added Bin Sulayem.
Bin Sulayem said that expansion plans are currently taking place at Mina Rashid.
“To ensure the facility reaches its optimal capacity and to further facilitate passengers’ access to the terminals, more berths are being allocated, existing terminals are being linked via a high-tech tubes system and an additional terminal is being built,” he was quoted as saying by Cruise Arabia & Africa.
“We are committed to investing in the transformation of Mina Rashid into the cruise destination of choice for cruise liners. We aim to increase the number of cruise ships calling Dubai Cruise Terminals in order to meet our target of one million cruise passengers a year by 2020,” he added.