DUBAI launches multi-entry visa for Indian passengers to boost Cruise Tourism

Published on : Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cruise-TourismRecently Dubai Cruise Tourism organised a four city roadshow in India to promote the city’s strengths as a growing international hub for cruise tourism.


Hamad bin Mejrin, Executive Director, Dubai Tourism, announced of granting multiple entry visa to Indian cruise travelers, during the roadshow in Delhi.

“In the past, the visa has been a big challenge. Cruise Tourism is just 15 years old and it really started growing from 2006.


We always faced visa challenge with Indian cruise travellers. With our efforts, we managed to show the importance of this segment and authorities granted mutli-entry visa to Indian travellers.


Our cruise passenger from India was almost nonexistent due to visa hurdle. Now, it is over,” Mejrin told T3 on the sidelines of the roadshow.

He also informed that multiple entry visa is valid for one month at a nominal visa fee.
About a question over whether this visa is valid for other destinations also for Indian cruise travelers, Mejrin replied that they have Cruise Arabia Alliance and are working together as a region and coordinating with various authorities and cruiseline. Indian cruise travellers can spend a whole day at each destination.


And according to him, the declaration of new multi-entry visa for cruise passengers will further boost Indian outbound numbers to Dubai as this will be an added attraction to visiting Dubai.

According to him “Cruise tourism in India is still a relatively new and evolving concept, but it has significant potential for development and growth as more people are eager to travel the world.

We want to ensure that more Indian travellers are made aware of the unique attractions of cruise tourism – from on-board entertainment, to special deals for families, to incredible itineraries which include amazing destinations across the Arabian Gulf and beyond.”

Dubai’s cruise season, runs from October through to June, will observe a total of 110 cruise ship calls carrying above 381,000 passengers arriving in the city.


Passenger numbers are set to increase by 19 per cent on the 2013/2014 season, meaning an additional 60,000 sea-travellers will embark, disembark or transit at Mina Rashid, Dubai.


The number of vessels using Dubai Cruise Terminal as their home port increases to six this season and these vessels are likely to make a total of 83 trips in comparison to 63 trips in the 2013-14 season.

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