The cruise industry has emerged to become a significant niche to the global tourism industry. The selection of ports of call and itineraries are carefully pondered to maximize the commercial potential and utilization of the ship assets. While large hub ports have the capacity to accommodate additional port calls, it is the smaller ‘exotic’ or ‘must see’ ports that cruisers are seeking to visit; this presents challenges for additional capacity. Berth availability and the capacity of small communities to accommodate large tourist influxes of short duration have become salient issues.
As Dubai continues to take centre stage in the waterfront construction with its iconic initiatives and unmatched magnitude, it is no wonder that one of its visionary projects has taken the sustainable business model to the next level.
Since ancient times, Qatar has been famous for its pearling banks with its seabed and warm shallow waters, conditions favourable to the growth of pearl-bearing oysters and the creation of the finest pearls found anywhere in the world.