Meraas appoints ASGC to build the region’s most advanced cruise terminal
ASGC, one of the leading construction groups in the UAE, has been appointed to construct the new Dubai Cruise Terminal at Dubai Harbour, the first ever dedicated cruise port in the region, which when complete, will be the most advanced of its kind in the region.
Located in the heart of Dubai, in the vibrant area between Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Cruise Terminal will become the main hub for international cruise ships visiting or deployed in the region. The Dubai Cruise Terminal is part of Dubai Harbour – the industry-defining maritime neighbourhood by Meraas.
Work conducted by ASGC on the project will include the construction of two main cruise terminal buildings strategically positioned on a quay of approximately 1 km, in addition to service buildings, a central unit building with all associated fit-out works, external works, and all fixtures, fittings and equipment.
Mr. Bishoy Azmy, CEO of ASGC, stated that projects that contribute to the development of the country’s infrastructure and sectors are ones ASGC is proud to be in, and that his company is committed to deliver this project utilizing the latest construction processes.
With a combined floor area of 300,000 square feet, Dubai Cruise Terminal will create a unique, iconic entry experience to all cruise ship passengers who arrive in the emirate, and will have the capacity of accommodating complete passenger turnaround of two mega cruise ships concurrently, accounting to over 15,000 guests.
Each cruise terminal will create an environment of complete luxury and comfort for passengers and crew alike, with simplified processes, seamless flow as well as leisure and retail offerings.
This world-class addition to the city’s tourism infrastructure comes in-line with the Dubai Tourism Strategy 2020 that focuses on making the emirate the first choice for international leisure and business travelers.
According to the Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA), more than 40 million people worldwide will be traveling on cruise ships annually by 2030, representing a 40% increase from 2017. At a national level, the maritime tourism sector is expected to contribute more than AED1.5 billion to Dubai’s economy by 2030.