DP World wants to better-target the luxury cruise sector at Port Rashid, with plans to build a fourth terminal solely for use by luxury cruise ships.
Esam Ahmed, commercial manager at Mina Rashid and Mina Hamriyah ports for DP World, told Dubai cruise website Cruise Arabia & Africa that the port operator was speaking to the cruise lines to find out if this was something they’d like.
“We’re evaluating the numbers and talking to cruise lines about what further enhancements to Dubai’s cruise infrastructure and processes they need in order to bring more ships to the region,” he said.
“We have, for example, the full quayside, 1.9km, for the cruise ships. And then we have additional quayside we can use,” he said. “What we are thinking of is building a small terminal, called Terminal 4. This terminal might be for luxury ships.”
Dubai Cruise Tourism has said it plans to attract 1-million cruise tourist by 2020 and Ahmed says upgrades to port infrastructure are a key pillar in achieving that goal.
“Today, we have the capacity to handle six ships and by 2020 we are adding one more berth to be seven berths for the big vessels to call at Mina Al Rashid,” he said, adding that passenger capacities at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 will also be increased, while a tubing system will be built to allow passengers to move more easily between two terminals.
The tube system between the two terminals will boost capacity. Currently, Terminal 2 can handle 4,000 passengers per day and Terminal 3 can handle 14,000, but improving links “will enhance the capacity for an additional 4,000-5,000 passengers per day,” according to Ahmed.