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Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal at Port Rashid

Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal (DCST, DCT?) at Port Rashid (Mina Rashid) information and guide.

Dubai cruise ship terminal expansion
  • 29 January 2012 - Capacity to eventually be expanded such that the terminal can handle up to 7 cruise ships at one time (press release).
  • 26 October 2011 - A second terminal is planned with opening date expected before end of 2012 according to an announcement by DP World. Capacity will increase from two to five cruise liners.
New Dubai cruise ship terminal opened
  • Official opening date of the Port Rashid cruise terminal in Dubai was Tuesday 23 February 2010.
  • In September 2009, the DTCM said the new terminal would open in January 2010.
  • The terminal was opened by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.
  • As part of the ceremony, the naming of the Costa Deliziosa Italian passenger liner took place, another first for Dubai, and any Arab city.
  • The Port Rashid terminal is operated by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
  • Port capacity is for 4 cruise ships at a time.
  • The new terminal might have been prompted by reports of criticism from Costa Cruises in Europe who started using the Dubai terminal as a base in 2006, but the terminal became a construction site in 2008-2009 resulting in passengers using makeshift facilities in Port Rashid.
  • Dubai Cruise Terminal is the best in the Middle East for 2010, and was the best in the world apparently. DCT received the "Middle East's Leading Cruise Port award" for 2010, and the "World's Leading Cruise Port award" for 2008 and 2009 from the World Travel Awards (WTA). The WTA are based in London, UK, and the gongs are awarded based on votes from travel and tourist industry personnel such as travel agents, rather than real customers. Information according to a 27 May 2010 press release from DP World which appeared to say that the area of the terminal had shrunk (see facts and figures below).
Boats using the Dubai Cruise Terminal (DCT)
  • Brilliance of the Seas (operated by Royal Caribbean, capacity 2,500 oarsmen passengers) - 8-day cruises in the Gulf, visiting Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Fujairah, Muscat. Based at DCT for 2010-2011 (not confirmed)?
  • During the 2010-2011 winter season, the Costa Deliziosa (capacity 2,800 passengers) and Costa Luminosa will offer week long cruises in the Arabian Gulf from Dubai, with stopovers in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Fujairah, and Muscat.
Dubai Cruise Terminal facilities and services
  • Business center and conference room.
  • Cafes and restaurants.
  • Dubai Duty Free and retail shops.
  • Emirates Post Office.
  • Garden with Arabian palm trees.
  • Heritage and culture exhibits showcasing the UAE
  • Information center and concierge service.
  • Internet and computer center.
  • Left luggage office?
  • Money exchange facility.
  • VIP lounge (Majilis).
Dubai cruise ship statistics and numbers for the Port Rashid terminal
Year Number Ships Number Passengers Comments
2015 195 575,000 estimate
2014 180 525,000 estimate
2013 165 475,000 estimate
2012 150 425,000 estimate
2011 135 375,000  
2010 120 390,000  
2009 87 261,000  
2004   10,000  
2003   10,000  
  • Tourist and visitor numbers, and cruise ship numbers in italics are estimated figures.
Dubai Cruise Terminal information (might be out of date)
  • Original Dubai Cruise Ship Terminal opened in 2001.
  • Capacity was 2 boats simultaneously (4 from February 2010).
  • Terminal area was 3,300 sq meters. Increased to 3,800 sq m from February 2010? Back to 3,300 sq m in 27 May 2010 press release from DP World.
  • Quay length 335 meters (increased?)
  • Port Rashid GPS co-ordinates are Latitude: 25° 16' 2" N, Longitude: 55° 16' 15" E
Dubai Cruise Terminal contact details
  • DTCM general information tel +971-4-2821111, toll-free complaints line UAE 800-7090, email info@dubaitourism.ae.
  • Dubai Cruise Terminal Director is Mr Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, tel +971-4-3457001, fax +971-4-3450168.
  • Port Rashid Port Authority +971-4-8815555
  • DP World head office tel +971-4-8811110
Queen Elizabeth II Ocean Liner (QE2)
  • The QE2 ocean liner is (as of February 2010) moored at Port Rashid after being bought by Istithmar World in 2007 for $100 million.
  • Istithmar was planning to convert the vessel into a luxury hotel but plans have been put on hold while it, and its parent company Dubai World, sort out their finances.
Last update Sunday 13-Oct-2013. Page development 4L 5C.
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.dubaitourism.ae/CruiseTerminal/CruiseTerminal/tabid/314/language/en-US/Default.aspx - DTCM Dubai Cruise Terminal information, and Cruise Terminal arrivals and departures schedule.
  • Domain dubaicruiseterminal.com is not the Dubai Cruise Terminal website.


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