Two million non-residents move through sea ports - UAE INFO

Apr 19, 2010

Two million non-residents move through sea ports

Dubai: Around two million transactions were done by the sea ports section of Dubai residency department in 24 months, said a senior Ministry of Interior official.

Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director General of Dubai General Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs told Gulf News yesterday that around two million transactions were done in the past two years at Dubai seaports for tourists, travellers and sailors.

"Out of the two million transactions, 462,635 transactions were done for tourists," he said.

He said the tourists came on 153 cruises. The number of tourists increased in 2009 to be double the number of tourists who came to the country through seaports in 2008.

He said out of 105,785 transactions which were done for different sea transports, there were 52,446 arrivals and 53,339 departures.

During his tour to the seaports, Major General Al Merri visited the new tourism building and met tourists coming aboard the ship Costa Lemonoza.

Major General Al Merri said Dubai became a tourist destination for people coming from all over the world to enjoy the sun as well as the sea.

Major General Al Merri also followed up during his tour the work at Al Shindagha port and Al Hamriya port and Rashid Port where he checked the iris scan and wanted people sections.

Major General Al Merri inaugurated the arrival electronic screen at Rashid port.

"This screen will show the name and the time of the arriving ship," he said.

He also visited Jebel Ali residency section to check on the transactions being done there.

Major General Al Merri urged the residency staff at the seaport to be up to the responsibility and to keep in offering best services to the public and the tourists.

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