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Doha: The latest developments at Doha Port dubbed 'a new chapter' aim at expanding cruise tourism industry in the country. Its new facilities are being developed according to international standards and in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.
“A new chapter is being written at Doha Port, the seafront that was recently developed as part of efforts to push cruise tourism industry in Qatar to new heights towards achieving the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030,” Mwani Qatar said in a tweet.
The new Grand Cruise Terminal opened in November 2022 and is ideally situated for tourists within walking distance to iconic landmarks, including the National Museum of Qatar, Souq Waqif, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and the Doha Corniche, where visitors can take in stunning views of the city's skyline.
Spanning over an area of 24,000 square metres, the new terminal includes arrivals and departures halls, an aquarium, an art gallery, immigration and customs offices, and tourist information services.
Mwani Qatar has also said that many facilities at the new terminal at Doha Port are designed with attention to the smallest details according to the highest international standards to offer a safe, comfortable, and seamless experience for guests.
The Grand Cruise Terminal has been named one of the world's most beautiful cruise terminals by Forbes. It can host two megaships at a time.
Located in central Doha near the Museum of Islamic Art and the Souq, it honours traditional Arab architecture and restores the historic link between Doha and its marine environment.
Qatar Tourism and Mwani Qatar have announced the return of the 2022/2023 cruise season. More than 50 cruise liners with approximately 200,000 visitors are expected to arrive in Doha until the end of April 2023.
During the World Cup, MSC World Europa, MSC Poesia and MSC Opera docked at Doha Port to offer a luxurious hospitality experience to World Cup fans.
On Wednesday, Doha Port received two cruise ships, MSC World Europa and Le Bougainville, both carrying 5,269 tourists and a crew of 2,185.
They were joined by 1,000 tourists from Doha on board MSC World Europa as part of a new itinerary to a number of ports in the Arabian Gulf.
The two ships made their fifth call in the 2022/23 cruise season. Operated by MSC Cruises, the MSC World Europa flies the flag of Malta, while Le Bougainville flies the flag of France and is operated by the French cruise line Ponant Cruises.