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Qatar rapidly gaining popularity as a cruise destination

Qatar is rapidly gaining popularity as a tourist destination for cruise passengers, with more than 66,200 cruise passengers having visited the country during first half of this year.

According to the data released by Mwani Qatar, about 2500 ships called at Hamad Port, Al Ruwais Port and Doha Port from January to June this year. These ships have handled 647,234 TEUs Containers, 665,555 Tonnes of General Cargo, 636,008 heads of livestock and 33,404 vehicles, all handled by these ports. The vessels carried 177,157 tonnes of building material, which was required for various infrastructure works in the country.

Among the three ports mentioned, Hamad Port received 803 ships, and handled 644,824 TEUx containers and 631,076 bulk cargo.

This trend of increasing number of cargo tourists entering Qatar, indicates that increasing number of travellers would be visiting Qatar this year, than in previous years. In the previous cruise season, which concluded in April this year, there were 65,675 visitors who arrived at the shores of Qatar, with 22 cruise ships on board, out of which, 14 were mega ships.

The arrival of mega ships in Qatar also has a major role to play in the growing number of cruise passengers. A mega ship has the capacity to accommodate 2500 to 6000 passengers, which is more than triple the capacity of a standard ship.

Posted on 12/7/2018

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