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Carnival opens Dubai Harbor cruise terminal

First dedicated, purpose-built cruise port in the region


Cruise company Carnival Corporation has opened its Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal in partnership with Shamal Holding following their strategic partnership signed in 2018 to develop the new cruise port as the main hub for cruise tourism in Dubai.

With the arrivals of Costa Firenze and AIDAbella from the company's Italy-based Costa Cruises and Germany-based AIDA Cruises brands, the official opening was also marked by two passenger cruise ships visiting the cruise terminal for the first time, coinciding with the start of the cruise season and the ships' homeporting seasons from Dubai.

The opening represents a significant milestone in realizing Dubai's goal of becoming the world's most visited city, underscored with the October launch of the highly popular Expo 2020 Dubai. Through Costa Cruises' partnership as a Gold Sponsor of the Italian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, cruise guests are provided with shore excursion options to explore the World Exhibition.

As the region's first-ever dedicated, twin-terminal cruise port, Dubai Harbor Cruise Terminal can accommodate two large cruise ships simultaneously. The facility spans over 120,000 square meters and includes two purpose-built terminal buildings that offer passengers and crew a safe, comfortable, and seamless embarkation and disembarkation experience.

The state-of-the-art terminals are equipped with four bespoke Seaport Passenger Boarding Bridges that can simultaneously support the full turnaround of the largest class of cruise ships in the industry.

As a gateway to the Arabian Gulf cruise destinations such as Oman and Abu Dhabi, Dubai has been a popular destination for the company's Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises brands, which first began operating from Dubai in 2006.

Dubai Harbor is a seafront district inspired by its connection to the sea and designed for a maritime lifestyle. The district's unique backdrop and vista are combined with a wide range of living, retail, and hospitality choices, as well as comprehensive berthing facilities, making it the region's most unique lifestyle offering.