The property sector around Port Rashid is likely to be further boosted with the news that the cruise terminal there is to be expanded to cope with rising passenger demand.
Over the course of last year, some 390,000 passengers passed through the Dubai Cruise Terminal at Port Rashid, with this having a positive effect on a range of local businesses and investments.
Now, the head of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Hamad M Bin Mejren, has announced plans to extend the main cruise terminal so as to enable it to handle as many as 625,000 passengers a year by 2015.
Setting out the plans, he explained: "Cruise tourists are becoming an increasingly important part of Dubai's tourism industry.
"At DTCM we look forward to a period of tremendous growth in cruise tourism."
This comes just days after Hilton International announced its plans to open a new property just a few miles from Sharjah International Airport.
Posted by Neil King