While cruising on the aquamarine waters of the Arabian Sea, stop by the grand Dubai Cruise Terminal at Port Rashid and experience luxury at its best. From easy immigration facilities and professional ground-handling infrastructure to world-class ship stores and a comprehensive Duty Free Shop, Dubai is an ideal stopover destination. In fact, to make your trip even more interesting, don’t miss the opportunity to visit its magnificent tourist sites, which will leave you completely spellbound.
Port Rashid, located on the southern coast of the Arabian Gulf, is the only port in the Middle East to receive the prestigious ISO-9002 accreditation and the Security Certificate of Excellence by International Maritime Security (IMS). Only a handful of ports in the world have got this recognition, assuring you that you’ll receive the best services and facilities. The port’s control tower is located in position 25˚15’33”N and 55˚16’09”E. It has no approach channel and entry is made between the breakwaters from the north. The inner basin turning radius is 160 metres and the maximum draft is 11.5 metres.
Enter the unique ship-shaped Dubai Cruise Terminal, conveniently situated at berths 9 and 10 in Port Rashid. Spanning an area of 3,300 sq m, DCT can handle up to two ships simultaneously. In fact, its deep basin gives cruise companies the option of bringing larger ships into the calm waters of the Port. Some of the major cruises that have docked at Dubai Cruise Terminal include Queen Elizabeth 2, Silver Cloud, Seven Seas Voyager and Hebridean Spirit. Stopping over at Dubai is an ideal choice as it is also a port for vessel repositioning. Being midway between Europe and Asia, the city is logistically suitable for cruise lines to offer a shorter segment on this type of cruise, which would expand their potential market by reducing the overall cost to the passenger.
As a prime cruise hub of the region, the DCT can accommodate up to 1,000 passenger capacity in 3, 4 and 7-day cruises that can be sustained for a 3 to 6-month period. 7-day cruises would be best operated between port ranges of Muscat to Bahrain. These smaller vessels would also have access to many other minor ports and sites including the fjords on the Musandam Peninsula. Whereas, for larger vessels up to 2,000 passenger capacity, you can plan a 7 to 10-day extended port cruise, which could also include India.
As you walk inside, you’ll be impressed by the friendly procedures, easy immigration and custom checks, and minimum bureaucracy. Designed in the shape of a ship with steel exteriors, its spacious interiors include a wealth of amenities. It includes an extensive Duty Free Shop, a world-class ship store, an intriguing heritage and cultural display, and a beautifully landscaped palm garden.
In addition, the DCT also offers the following facilities:
• Information centre
• Business centre with internet access
• Immigration, customs and security offices
• Semi-automated baggage handling system
• Extensive lounge facilities
• VIP reception area
• State-of-the-art entertainment system
• Post office
• Coffee shops and restaurants
• Prayer room
• Rent units for banks, car rentals, hotels and
• Public taxi stand
• Facilities for the physically challenged
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