DP World's Port Mina Rashid (Dubai) won the World’s Leading Cruise Port award once again at the WTA-World Travel Awards 2020.
The prestigious award included nominations of numerous global cruise ports. Mina Rashid has retained the title since 2008 - for 13 successive years. Over the years, owing to port development and upgrades, the cruise port has become a preferred destination for many major cruise lines.
Mina Rashid, which has transformed Dubai's status from a dhow-enabled trade facilitator to a global community hub for the cruise & maritime sector, gained recognition from travellers around the globe yet again.
The proximity of Port Mina Rashid to Dubai Airport and downtown make it an ideal choice as cruise ship travellers can get easy access to all key locales in Dubai. The port has a quay wall of 2,3 km and can handle 7 mega-cruise liners or 25,000 passengers (in a day) simultaneously.
Central to the stellar performance of Mina Rashid is the flagship Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, which is the biggest single, covered cruise terminal facility in the world.
The state-of-the-art cruise terminal boasts the capacity to receive 14,000 passengers per day. Since its inauguration back in 2014 until this year, the terminal witnessed a growth of 55%, receiving a high volume of liners. In 2015, the cruise ship terminal received 4 liners carrying about 20,000 passengers and crew in a single day. 5 cruise ships with nearly 24,000 passengers and crew visited on every weekend during the peak season in 2017. The terminal received 6 ships with nearly 35,000 passengers and crew in a single day during the 2019-2020 cruise season.
Expansion projects are ongoing at the cruise port to enhance its capabilities and solder the preeminent position of the city in the global tourism industry. The expert team overseeing Mina Rashid is working with dedication to reinvent and explore collaborations to enhance the regional and global travel industry.