Mina Rashid Selected as Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port


For the sixth consecutive year, Mina Rashid, operated by global marine terminal operator DP World in Dubai, has been voted the Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port, at the World Travel Awards’ Middle East Ceremony 2013.

The coveted award was received on behalf of DP World by Mohammed Al Mannaei, Director, Mina Rashid, DP World, UAE Region, at the sixth gala red – carpet ceremony, attended by 600 of the most important decision – makers in the region’s travel and tourism sector, as well as a host of international media, held at the Le Royal Meridian Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai.

The evening precedes the opening of the world acclaimed Arabian Travel Market (5 – 8 May). Mina Rashid is the home of Dubai Cruise Terminal, the cruise hub of the region. Since 2008, it has been consistently voted as the leader in its class in the Middle East by World Travel Awards. This year, six cruise ports from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates were nominated for the Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port Award. In December, Mina Rashid was voted the World’s Leading Cruise Port for the fifth consecutive year, beating the 17 regional winners for 2012, including top ports such as Miami in Florida, PSA in Singapore, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Shanghai in China.

Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said: “Dubai reaffirms its position as the prime destination for cruise tourism in this region. We are honoured by this recognition for the sixth time in a row. It reinforces our belief that Mina Rashid’s Cruise Terminal is a significant contributor to the growth of Dubai’s tourism sector. In line with the Dubai Government’s efforts to make cruise tourism an economic growth engine, we are expanding Mina Rashid’s capacity to continue its leading position as the largest cruise centre in the Middle East.”

Mohammed Al Mannaei, Director, Mina Rashid, DP World, UAE Region, said: “The Port has state – of – the – art facilities that have made it one of the most tourist – friendly ports of call. And we are closely working together with our strategic partner the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM), in promoting cruise tourism. We thank them for their important role in the success of Mina Rashid as a cruising destination.”

Opening World Travel Awards’ 2013 Grand Tour, Dubai’s gala presentation ceremony heralds the start of a global search for the very best travel, tourism and hospitality organisations around the world. WTA’s Middle East Ceremony has been held in Dubai for the sixth year in succession, affirming the emirate’s impressive force in travel trends, not just in the region but throughout the world.

DP World, May 8, 2013