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Doha Port breaks record on single-day passenger arrival

ميناء الدوحة يحطم الرقم القياسي لوصول الركاب خلال يوم واحد


Starting the new year in style, Doha Port broke its own record of passengers handling yesterday. 

Improving its own record, the port saw nearly 10,000 passengers disembarking from two mega cruise ships docked at the world-class port. It is the highest number of passengers disembarking on a single day at Doha Port.    

Two mega luxury cruise ships, Jewel of the Seas and Costa Diadema, docked yesterday at Doha Port bringing over thousands of cruise tourists to Qatar.  

“Doha Port broke its record number of disembarking passengers on a single day with the arrival of nearly 10,000 passengers and crew aboard luxury cruise ships Jewel of the Seas and Costa Diadema,” Mwani Qatar tweeted yesterday. 

The Jewel of the Seas, a mega ship operated by US-based cruise liner Royal Caribbean International, had made its maiden call to Doha Port on December 25 last year. The Radiance Class cruise ship is scheduled to make a total of five calls to Doha Port throughout the 2019-20 cruise season.

Costa Diadema, the fleet flagship of leading Italian company Costa Cruises, had docked at Doha Port for the first time on November 26 last year. It was the first of 16 turnaround calls that the Dream-class cruise liner will be made during the 2019-20 Season.

The record setting arrival of the two mega ship is part of the 2019-20 cruise season, which is going to be the busiest season so far. 

The extraordinary growth in Qatar’s cruise sector,  which is evident by the number of cruise ships and passengers to Doha Port, is the result of close collaboration between key stakeholders representing Qatar’s tourism and aviation industries, immigration, customs and the Ports Authority.

Turnaround voyages contribute significantly to the country’s economy and strengthen the tourism sector. In addition to visitor spending, the growth in Qatar’s cruise tourism is also contributing to the country’s economy through cruise line spending on port services and maintenance. As the cruise season grows year-on-year thousands of jobs and business opportunities are created.

As a result of various initiatives by Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and its partners, Qatar’s cruise industry has seen remarkable growth during the last few years. The 2018-19 season achieved 121 percent growth in the number of cruise passengers and 100 percent growth in the number of cruise ships, with over 140,000 passengers arriving aboard 44 ships, including 38 mega-ships, which typically carry between 3,000 and 4,000 passengers and crew.

The 2019-20 season is expected to be even bigger, with over 186,000 passengers and over 61,000 crew expected to arrive on 74 ships.

Sachin Kumar | The Peninsula

ابتدأ العام الجديد بأناقة ، حطم ميناء الدوحة سجله الخاص في التعامل مع الركاب أمس.

شهد الميناء قرابة 10 آلاف مسافر ينزلون من سفينتين بحريتين ضخمتين رستا في ميناء عالمي. إنه أكبر عدد من المسافرين الذين ينزلون في يوم واحد في ميناء الدوحة.

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