Resorts World Cruises debuts in the Middle East

Resorts World Cruises debuts in the Middle East

Resorts World One ship will homeport in both Dubai and Doha 

Asia-based cruise line Resorts World Cruises is expanding its footprint to the Arabian Gulf with the launch of its Resorts World One ship homeporting in Dubai and Qatar.

From 18 October 2024, for six months, Resorts World One will sail from Dubai on a two-night Sir Bani Yas Weekend Cruise departing Friday); a three-night Oman Cruise to Khasab and Muscat departing Sunday; and a two-night Doha Cruise departing Wednesday.

Guests can combine two or three itineraries to increase the cruise length to a four, five or seven nights.

Resorts World One will also add Doha as a homeport during Qatar’s school holidays from 24 October to 2 November 2024 offering a two-night Dubai Cruises (departing 24 and 31 October) and two five-night Dubai-Khasab-Muscat Cruises (departing 26 October and 2 November).

Resorts World One will operate from Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal at Mina (Port) Rashid and is expected to make 75 calls in the region with 150,000 passengers over the six-month period.

Palace Deluxe Suite

Resorts World One offers a selection of cabins, including Interior, Oceanview and Balcony staterooms and luxury suites in The Palace, a luxury ship-within-a ship all-suite enclave with an exclusive restaurant and 24-hour butler service.

Balcony stateroom

Facilities include a spa and the Roman-themed Parthenon Pool with its Caesar’s Slide and Jacuzzis, while entertainment spans live stage shows, parties, games and recreational activities, movie nights, enrichment workshops and duty-free shopping. 

Zodiac theatre

As well as outdoor shisha lounges, there are 18 Halal-friendly restaurants serving international, Asian, Arabian and Levantine cuisine.

Muslim cruise passengers will be an important market segment for Resorts World One, which will receive official certification from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Standards and Metrology Institute (SMIIC) to provide Muslim travellers with Halal-certified offerings onboard. Pork will not be served at any venue and all meat will be sourced from UAE’s approved Halal suppliers. Certified vegetarian and Jain cuisine will also be available. In addition, onboard public announcements will be made in both the English and Arabic languages.

Palace restaurant

Michael Goh, president of Resorts World Cruises, said: “As an international cruise line that is homegrown in Asia, we have decades of valuable experience in the cruise and hospitality sector, especially in catering to the needs of different ethnic and religious markets.

“Both homeports Dubai and Doha are key international gateways to the Middle East and with the support of the respective local governments, authorities and travel partners, we look forward to further developing cruises to the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.”

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As well as catering to GCC travellers, Resorts World One aims to attract a new segment of cruise passengers from Asia to the Arabian Gulf cruise market and contribute to the growth of cruise tourism in the region.

Saud Hareb Almheiri, Cruise Tourism & Yachting Lead, Dubai Department of Economy, and Tourism (DET), added: “In choosing Dubai as their ship’s homeport and debut destination in the Middle East, Resorts World Cruises has further highlighted Dubai’s position as the cruise capital of the region.

“With its strategic location, diverse destination proposition, world-class infrastructure, ease of access and superior air connectivity, Dubai has become a significant part of the itineraries of international cruise lines, and this development will drive increased visitation, enrich the tourism landscape and contribute towards the city’s economic growth.”

Resort World One

Resorts World Cruises is a brand extension of Resorts World, a global brand with more than 20,000 employees and 40 properties in eight countries across four continents, attracting 80 million visitors a year and has over.

Resorts World Cruises debuted in Singapore on 15 June 2022 with its 3,352-passenger Genting Dream ship calling at Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur) and Penang in Malaysia and Phuket in Thailand. It currently operates cruises with homeports in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia.

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