Sunday, 26 October 2014

Dubai Tourism applauds Kanoo Shipping for cruise tourism success

Dubai, UAE: Dubai Tourism presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Kanoo Shipping along with other sectors during a special ceremony held recently at Mina Rashid in recognition of government agencies, aviation and tourism companies for the growth and success of cruise tourism in Dubai.
 
H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) presented the award to Mr. John Drinkwater, Shipping Manager, on behalf of Kanoo Shipping.
Mr. John Drinkwater, Kanoo Shipping Manager [left] receives a Certificate of Appreciation from H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri [center] and Mr. Hamad bin Mejren from Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai has been promoting the Cruise Business for over a decade. The establishment of the first cruise terminal in Dubai in 2001 and the opening of the enhanced Dubai Cruise Terminal 2 in February 2010 with higher handling capacity, has drawn the attention of cruise line operators around the world.
 
During the ceremony, Mr. Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director - Dubai Tourism, in his speech said: “Today’s event is an opportunity to recognise and reward our partners from the public and private sectors who have worked with us to bring cruise travelers to Dubai, enhance our destination offering and raise awareness about the attractions of cruise tourism.”

He added, "Last year His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, endorsed Dubai's Tourism Vision for 2020. This Vision includes the headline target of doubling the number of tourists coming to Dubai from 10 million in 2012 to 20 million annually by 2020.

The Dubai Cruise Terminal located at Port Rashid
"We already have a very healthy cruise sector in Dubai as the home port of choice for cruise companies in the Arabian Gulf. To match the ambition of Dubai's tourist industry as a whole, we have ambitious plans of our own for cruise. We expect to welcome 450,000 cruise tourists by 2016 and to record continued, sustainable growth until 2020 - and beyond. To achieve our goals, it is essential that we have the continued support of our partners, which is why today's ceremony is so important."

Apart from Kanoo Shipping Agencies, renowned shipping agents such as Gulf Agency Company (Dubai) LLC, Inchcape Shipping Services, Khimji Ramdas Shipping LLC, Rais Hassan Saadi LLC, Seamaster Maritime LLC and Wilhelmsen Ships Service also received the accolade.
Furthermore, DP World was acknowledged for its work on the new cruise terminal at Mina Rashid, as well as the Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs for having introduced the cruise tourism visa.

Also honored for their contributions were Dubai Police, Dubai Customs, Dubai Maritime City Authority, Ports Customers and Freezone Corporation - Security Department, Road and Transport Authority, Environment Health & Safety, and Dubai Culture; Emirates and Dnata; Arabian Adventures, Gulf Ventures, Orient Tours LLC, Sharaf Tours, SNTTA Emir Tours, Travco LLC, and Rida International Travel & Tourism.

Through government support, international & regional strategic marketing initiatives of DTCM, in conjunction with its overseas offices, placed Dubai in the spotlight of the Arabian Gulf as the “Cruise Hub of the Region.”

Steadily, Kanoo Shipping is proud to be agents for the Regent Seven Seas / Prestige Cruises, Saga Cruises & Residence of The Sea.

About Kanoo Shipping

Kanoo Shipping is one of the founders of S5 Agency World. Being the first Arab shipping agency in the Region in 1890, Kanoo Shipping has grown to be the largest regional shipping service provider in the Middle East. It covers an extensive area including Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and Indian Sub-continent and handles 15,000 port calls every year, with offices in 20 countries.


About The Kanoo Group

‘The Kanoo Group’ is one of the largest, independent, family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region established in 1890. It has diversified business industries in shipping, travel, machinery, engineering, logistics, property, oil & gas, power, industrial chemicals, training, joint ventures, retail and commercial activities, among others, and operates extensively throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Qatar.

Our Vision
The Leading Family Business in the Region and Beyond

Our Mission 
Delivering Sustainable Excellence

Our Values 
Customer Focused, Ethical, Innovative, Agile, Competent & Intelligent, Collaborative, Accountable 

P.O. Box 290, Dubai, UAE. Toll Free: 800 KANOO, Fax: 04-3933636, Websites: www.kanoo.com /www.kanoogroup.com 

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