The terminal was inaugurated last week by Sheikh Hamdan Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, on a day when Costa and Aida has ships in port with 4,000 passengers. The terminal is named after the prince and is officially known as Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal.
“Dubai’s vision is to attract 20 million tourists by 2020, with the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing anticipating cruise tourist numbers reaching the 1 million mark by that time,” Bin Sulayem said.
Dubai is expecting a 19 percent increase in cruise passengers in the current 2014-15 season, with 381,000 visitors arriving on 110 cruise ship calls.
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