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Resorts World welcomes Indian travellers


Resorts World Cruises is excited to announce its expansion into the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman with Resorts World One, marking a 6-month homeport deployment in Dubai, UAE, starting October 18, 2024. This initiative opens up a thrilling cruise adventure for travellers from India, who can now embark from Dubai to explore popular destinations in the region. The itineraries feature the 2-Night Sir Bani Yas Weekend Cruise departing on Fridays, a 3-Night Oman Cruise to Khasab and Muscat departing on Sundays, and a 2-Night Doha Cruise departing on Wednesdays. Indian guests can customise their experience by combining two or all three itineraries for extended cruises of 4, 5, or 7 nights.

Moreover, Resorts World One will serve as a homeport in Doha from October 24 to November 2, 2024, offering Indian travellers the convenience of embarking from Doha for two 2-Night Dubai Cruises (departures on October 24 and 31) and two 5-Night Dubai–Khasab-Muscat Cruises (departures on October 26 and November 2). Onboard activities and shore excursions provide opportunities for passengers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Dubai and its surroundings, including Muscat, Khasab, and Sir Bani Yas Island. Popular interests among Indian tourists, such as visits to iconic landmarks, heritage sites, and shopping destinations, are complemented by entertainment options like Bollywood DJ parties, music bands, pyjama & foam parties, and movies.

Naresh Rawal, Vice President – Sales (India), Resorts World Cruises, envisions a harmonious fusion of cultures as Indian travellers connect with the vibrant charm of cities in the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. He highlights Resorts World One’s deployment as a symbol of unity and an opportunity for travellers to create unforgettable memories in the region.

Resorts World Cruises, known for its global operations, anticipates Resorts World One to make 75 calls in the region, hosting 150,000 passengers over the 6-month period, thereby significantly contributing to the growth of cruise tourism in the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. This deployment aims to attract a new segment of Fly cruise passengers from India, enhancing diversity in the Arabian Gulf cruise market.

Saud Hareb Almheiri, Cruise Tourism & Yachting Lead, Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), commends Dubai’s position as the cruise capital of the region and expresses gratitude to Resorts World Cruises for choosing Dubai as the ship’s homeport. He acknowledges Dubai’s strategic location, diverse destination offerings, world-class infrastructure, ease of access, and superior air connectivity as key factors driving increased visitation and contributing to the city’s economic growth.

Abdullah Yousuf, Director of International Operations, DCT Abu Dhabi, welcomes travellers to Sir Bani Yas Island, highlighting its natural beauty and diverse activities.

Philip Dickinson, Leading International Market Development, Visit Qatar, looks forward to welcoming Resorts World Cruises to Doha, recognising its potential to boost Qatar’s inbound and outbound cruise tourism sector.

Resorts World Cruises, a brand extension of Resorts World, aims to cater to diverse audiences by offering certified Vegetarian and Jain cuisine onboard. Additionally, Resorts World One will receive the official Halal-Friendly Cruise Ship certification, ensuring convenience and access to certified Halal-Friendly offerings for Muslim cruise passengers. All meats are sourced from UAE Halal suppliers, with gender-specific crew appointments available for selected onboard services such as the Spa.

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