Dubai cruise port is part of Port Rashid (aka Mina Rashid) operating since 1972 . The port is named after Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum (). Dubai has the world's only cruise ship terminal operated by a government (UAE's department of tourism). This means an extra attention to every passenger is provided, along with enhanced travel experiences including certified tour guides, swift entry system (no visa issues).
At Dubai's cruise port is currently berthed the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 ship - the famous Cunard ocean liner. She will stay moored there untill the decision of her future. The port's cruise ship schedule shows vessels with voyages visiting Muscat, Bahrain, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi, India and the Far East. Dubai will also amaze you with all its city tour possibilities.
- The new Dubai cruise ship terminal is located at Port Rashid (passenger and cargo port). The complex is considered one of the world's top 5 luxury cruise ports to dock at.
- Yearly over half a million cruise passengers visit Dubai via the Port Rashid's terminal.
- The complex has as facilities coffee bar, mini mart, deli (lunch restaurant), port shops (souvenirs, watches, jewelry, electronics), post office, business center, currency exchange office, ATM, concierge service (to assist day tours in Dubai City). Among the services offered at the cruise port are free Internet (and Wi-Fi) and 2 free of charge shopping shuttles (1 to Mercato Mall, 1 to City Center Drive) leaving on the hour.
Cruise itineraries to and from Dubai
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Dubai:
- World Cruises - around the world voyages starting in Europe or Australia visit Dubai before or after their Suez Canal transition. Generally are offered smaller world cruise segments with departures from Dubai to ports in Europe (westbound, to Southampton) or on eastbound routes - in Asia (to Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tianjin) and Australia (to Sydney, Brisbane). Shortest segments are between Dubai and India, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Turkey.
- 7-day Dubai cruise deals (round-trip departures) are the most common itineraries. They include visiting ports in the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Khor Fakkan) also in Oman (Khasab, Muscat) and Bahrain (Mina Salman).
- Transition / repositioning cruise itineraries offer Suez Canal transits with eaither eastbound routes (from Europe-Mediterranean to Asia) or the reverse westbound routes (from Asia to Europe /via Mediterranean Sea).
- Among the cruise lines operating from Dubai are AIDA, Costa, MSC, Royal Caribbean, TUI, Thomson.
- The list of other UAE cruise ports also includes the Sir Bani Yas Island (private resort destination for MSC and Costa cruise ship passengers).
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Dubai, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
"Project Orient Limited” (POL) plans to build two ocean cruise liners for a regular passenger shipping service between Europe-UK and Australia (Southampton - Sydney). The scheduled itinerary will be 26 days in one direction (Southampton to Sydney, and the reverse Sydney to Southampton). The included ports of call are Fremantle (at the 20 day mark), also Dubai, Mumbai (India) and Singapore. Each of the STX France-built ships will be 200,000 GT tons and with capacity 1600 pax. The expected cruise pricing starts from around GBP 2900 per person (one-way fares).
Highlights: City, souks, desert safaris
Dubai cruise terminal
Dubai Cruise Port is located on the UAE's Persian Gulf shoreline. Dubai’s airports are close to the terminals and that makes the cruises easy to access. Three miles away from the center of Dubai, direction North, is Dubai Airport and 20 miles south – Jebel Ali airport. It is easy to use a taxi transfer to the Dubai Cruise Port Terminal.
Mina Rashid cruise terminal was renovated in 2010 and all cargo vessels were moved to the Jebel Ali Port. Port Rashid remained only a terminal for cruise ships. It can handle simultaneously up to four vessels.
The building is in old Arabic style. Dubai Cruise Port terminal offers facilities like ATM machines, a post office, duty free, an information center, souvenir shops, internet access, currency exchange, business center and a coffee shop. Each hour, the passengers can use City Center and Mercato Mall free shuttles.
Port Rashid cruise terminal
- address: "PO Box 17000. Dubai United Arab Emirates"
- phone number +971 4 301 9300
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - AEDXB
- developer/ operator - DPWorld
- supported by excellent road, metro rail and air infrastructure
- capability to accommodate 4 cruise ships at a time
- deep water berths (depth 43 ft / 13 m)
- sheltered harbor area
- access unrestricted by tides
- The terminal's area is sized 3450 m2 / 37130 ft2.
- Dubai port, along with its cruise terminal also has a cargo ship terminal (Dubai Maritime City) and dry dock facilities (Dubai Drydocks) for marine vessel refurbishments and repairs.
- The cruise port is accessible the whole year round - 24/7, 365 days a tear.
- Dubai's Port Rashid (aka Mina Rashid) is an artificially made commercial port opened in 1972. In 1978 the port was expanded to 35 berths (mostly used by container ships). The port is equipped with 9 gantry cranes (cargo capacity 1,500,000 TEUs). Here dock general cargo and RoRo vessels, cruise ships and luxury yachts.
- Adjacent to Port Rashid are Dubai Drydocks and Dubai Maritime City. However, there's a plan all cargo ship operations to be moved to Jebel Ali Port (by March 2018) leaving Port Rashid as a cruise ships dedicated terminal. The plan aslo includes part of the port to be reclaimed by Nakheel (Dubai real estate developer) to create an urban waterfront complex housing over 200,000 residents.
Dubai cruise port is located approx 9 ml / 15 km (north 25-min drive distance) from Dubai International Airport (DXB) and approx 23 ml / 37 km (south 30-min drive distance) from Al Maktoum International Airport (in Jebel Ali).
Dubai tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- Dubai Creek and Creekside Park: this saltwater water way is 24-hour crowded with boats sailing to and from India, Arabia and East Africa. Take a water taxi, visit Creek and its Creekside Park with cafes, mini-golf, gardens and fishing quays.
- Gold Souk: located on the north side of Dubai Creek, find the lowest prices in the world of dimanods, gold, silver, platinum and precious germs.
- Spice Souk: right next to Gold Souk. A spice market. Smell the aromatic atmosphere of flower petals, incense, medicinal herbs, spices and aromatic oils.
- Dubai Museum: located in the Al Fahidi Fort, on the Dubai Creek south coatsline. The place where you will find the history, traditions and Dubai culture and you will reveal the life in the desert.
- Mall of the Emirates: enormous shopping center with over 400 shops, one of the worlds biggest. Find almost all world brands, restaurants, galleries, a ski slope, two mosques and a cinema.
- Bastakia Quarter: located on Dubai Creek north coastline. Ancient area good for a walk.
- Burj Al Arab hotel: the only seven-star hotel, fabulous and spectacular Burj Al Arab soars the sky. If you don’t want to book a room, try the restaurants or take a look at it from the Majlis Al Bahar beach.
- Burj Khalifa: the tallest building in the world, 2,625 ft.
- Al Mamzar Beach: beautiful park with gardens, beaches, play area, picnic tables, showers, cafes and lifeguard. Special day is Wednesday – Al Mamzar Beach is reserved only for women and children.
- Jumeirah Beach Park: only a mile away from the Dubai cruise port terminal, direction South
- The Desert: 4×4 tour in the desert to visit a native village, taste a local meal and all that combined with amazing belly dance.
The Dubai cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE.
If you lose the Dubai location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Dubai cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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23 October, 2016