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The emirate is set to receive 37 calls during the current cruise season, bringing some 80,000

travellers to the destination.

"Cruise tourists will make a crucial chunk of the visitors to the emirate in coming years as we aim to attract more than 10 million tourists as part of the Sharjah Tourism Vision 2021," explained H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.

The tourism body participated in the recently-held Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum in Doha for the third time, where Al Midfa revealed that the majority of the vessels represent TUI Cruises, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises with most passengers originating from European countries, such as Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK.