Posted by Neil King
Dubai's tourism department has predicted a 77 per cent growth in cruise passenger numbers by 2015.
The growth strategy includes targeting the emerging markets of China, India and Brazil as well as working closely with Abu Dhabi, Emirates Business 24/7 reported.
Abu Dhabi's tourism department also plans to treble its 2009-10 passenger numbers by 2030.
Dubai, meanwhile, has increased its projections for 2010, anticipating 30 per cent growth from last year. This includes a prediction of 325,000 passengers or 120 ships to dock at Dubai's new cruise terminal, which opens next month.
Hamad Mohammed bin Mejren, Dubai's executive director of business tourism, told the news provider: "Investment in the project was necessary as Dubai is aggressively campaigning to promote itself as a cruise destination to major markets globally."
He added that the tourism department had already attracted Italy's Costa Cruises and Germany's Aida Cruises to the terminal.
Dubai's new cruise terminal will serve as a 'mini airport' and will feature a range of services including a money exchange, ATMs, a duty-free shop and a business centre with internet access.