Analysis

Cruise Tourism to Increase after Doha Port Expansion

Qatar has put a high emphasis on development projects that would promote tourism. The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) has completed dredging works at Doha Port. Dredging works of the port have increased the depth of navigation channels, anchorages, or berthing areas to ensure the safe passage of larger ships.

“Doha Port redevelopment works contribute to achieving the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2018-2023 that aims to place Qatar among world’s best tourism locations, within the framework of the larger Qatar National Vision 2030,” said Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalid Al Thani, Director of Technical Affairs, MOTC.

 

 

The expansion of the port allows large cruise ships to enter the port. This will promote tourism, and position Doha among the world’s top cruise ship tourism destinations. According to the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) Quarter 1 report, Doha Port hosted 24 cruise ships with 62,145 visitors (104% increase compared to Q1 2018). Doha Port is expected to be a key landmark during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

 

In addition to Doha Port, Hamad Port (also located in Doha) is one of the largest multi-purpose ports in the region. Hamad Port handles imports and exports, and provides transshipment links for goods through rail, sea, and road.

 

 

 

(Image Source: MarhabaQatar)

 

 

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