The Queen Mary 2, the only ocean liner in the world, was welcomed to Dubai Harbour, while on its Centenary World Voyage.
In a customary maritime tradition to all the ships that call into a port for the first time, an exclusive plaque was presented.
The ocean liner goes between New York and Southampton and features a grand ballroom, sweeping staircases, and a promenade deck.
The ship also has 14 decks of lounges, bars, shops and sports, a seagoing planetarium, three pools and the largest dance floor at sea.
Angus Struthers, Acting Senior Vice President at Cunard said, "We’re delighted to be making the Queen Mary 2 maiden call during this year’s annual world cruise at Dubai Harbour. Dubai is a special place for Cunard as we briefly join the same seas as our flagship, Queen Elizabeth 2, and we are grateful for the Arabian hospitality that always gives us the warmest of welcomes. Dubai Harbour’s highly efficient and modern terminals have helped us ensure seamless passenger turnaround, despite our shorter stay in the city, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in the coming years."
Abdulla Binhabtoor, Chief Portfolio Management Officer at Shamal Holding, the owner and curator of Dubai Harbour added, "It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Queen Mary 2 by Cunard, which is the epitome of cruising heritage and excellence. We are grateful for our continued collaboration as we continue to welcome iconic international cruise liners to the first ever dedicated cruise port in the region, largest standalone dedicated twin cruise terminal developed in the eastern hemisphere. Our maritime infrastructure has been purpose-built to provide comprehensive and easy access to and from the sea, allowing thousands of international passengers to access some of the world’s most outstanding tourist attractions. We look forward to continuing to play our part in the region’s cruise tourism sector."