Dubai Taxis inks cruise tourism deal with DP World

Rashid Port

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an exclusive contract with DP World to provide taxi transfers to and from The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal at Rashid Port in Dubai.

The RTA's Dubai Taxi Corporation will provide taxi and VIP limousine services for passengers disembarking the growing number of cruise liners arriving in the emirate.

Dubai is set to receive 157 cruise ships during the 2016-2017 season, which started in October and runs until April. This represents a 16 percent increase compared to 134 cruise ships during the 2015-2016 cruise season.

Rashid Port is expected to receive 650,000 cruise tourists during this period, up 30 percent on last year.

Dubai Taxi Corporation, which has a fleet of more than 5,000 cabs, offers a range of transport services, and made more than 47 million trips serving about 94 million customers in 2015.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and chairman of DP World Group, said: “We are very keen to team up with RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation to ensure the provision of taxicabs for tourists arriving through the Cruise Terminal of Mina Rashid and offer them access to high-class transit services.”

Dubai recently revealed ambitious plans to attract one million cruise tourists by 2020 – part of its overall strategy to welcome 20 million tourists by the end of the decade.

Of the 157 ship calls this season, 10 will be maiden calls, further cementing Dubai’s reputation as the Gulf region’s leading cruise hub.

Thomson Cruises will be the first ever UK-based cruise line to home port in Dubai this season, joining Dubai’s existing home porting cruise lines, namely Costa Cruises, Aida Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, MSC Cruise Lines and TUI Cruises.

Dubai is making solid progress in the cruise tourism arena, but plans are afoot to take its offering to the next level.

Last month DP World revealed that work to improve facilities for cruise liner tourists docking in Dubai would start in early 2017.

This will involve connecting terminal 2 and 3 with a 465-metre bridge, as well as increasing the number of quays, while an additional terminal will be built to create more capacity to accommodate the increasing number of cruise ships visiting Dubai.

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