Investment firm Meraas has expanded its plans to build one new cruise terminal in Dubai Harbour and will now construct a second cruise facility to help Dubai accommodate 1.2 million passengers per year.
The plans will make Dubai Harbour the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously. Each terminal will be around 14,000 square metres in size with one single apron of 900 metres. The contractor for the cruise terminal will be appointed once the land for the terminal is ready, with Dubai Harbour being constructed in phases.
“The project reaffirms our commitment to expanding on Dubai’s rich maritime heritage and tourism profile, while supporting the continued diversification of the national economy,” said His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, group chairman at Meraas. “By creating a world-class destination that appeals to people around the globe, Dubai Harbour represents an opportunity to achieve economies of scale and drive growth in the maritime tourism sector. It will also help maintain Dubai’s status among the world’s top tourism destinations for generations to come.”
To be developed by Meraas, Dubai Harbour will also include a shopping mall, an events arena, luxury residences, restaurants, cafes, hotels, a yacht club, the 135-metre-high Dubai Lighthouse with an observation deck, and more.
|Caption||The plans will make Dubai Harbour the first cruise destination to build two terminals simultaneously (Image Credit: Meraas) |