Dubai-based holding company Meraas, with interests in property, real estate and tourism, has announced that Dubai will have a second cruise terminal in addition to the one already revealed in January, 2017.
The company claimed that Dubai Harbour will be the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously, which when completed will accommodate 1.2 mill passengers annually.
This announcement was made during Cityscape Global 2017, where a model of the new terminal was exhibited at the Meraas stand.
Adding a second terminal is intended to build on Dubai’s reputation as a leading tourism destination, while capitalising on strong growth in the cruise industry globally, the company said.
HE Abdulla Al Habbai, Meraas Group Chairman, said: “Dubai Harbour connects some of Dubai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and reflects a culture of innovation envisioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for the emirate. The project also reaffirms our commitment to expanding on Dubai’s rich maritime heritage and tourism profile, while supporting the continued diversification of the national economy.
“By creating a world-class destination that appeals to people around the globe, Dubai Harbour represents an opportunity to achieve economies of scale and drive growth in the maritime tourism sector. It will also help maintain Dubai’s status among the world’s top tourism destinations for generations to come,” he said.
Each terminal will be around 14,000 sq m in size having a single apron of 900 m in length. In addition to serving the cruise ship sector, Dubai Harbour will feature the largest marina in the MENA region. Once completed, the marina will have 1,100-berths capable of accommodating some of the world’s biggest private yachts.
Dubai Harbour was officially unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in January, 2017, and will be developed by Meraas. The master plan for the waterfront destination extends over 20 mill sq ft and includes an 875,000 sq ft shopping mall, an events arena, luxury residences, restaurants, cafes, hotels and a yacht club.
It will also feature the 135 m high Dubai Lighthouse with an observation deck offering panoramic views.
The ground has been broken and 130,000 sq m of land has been reclaimed. The contractor for the cruise terminal will be appointed once the land for the terminal is ready, as Dubai Habour will be constructed in phases.
Dubai Harbour will boast a multi-modal transport infrastructure, comprising a road network in addition to air and sea connectivity.