Halal-Friendly Cruises

One of the world’s leading leisure companies is launching a regional itinerary specially designed to cater to Muslim dietary requirements.

Resorts World Cruises is expanding its footprint with a six-month homeport deployment in Dubai, UAE. Starting from October 18, the Resorts World One will be departing from Dubai to offer a two-night Doha Cruise departing on Wednesdays, a two-night Sir Bani Yas Weekend Cruise and a three-night Oman Cruise to Khasab and Muscat. Guests will have the flexible option to combine two or all three of the itineraries.

In a bonus for Qatar, Resorts World One will also add Doha as a homeport during the country’s school holidays from October 24 to November 2, offering vacationers the convenience of embarking in Doha to experience two-night Dubai cruises or five nights sailing to Dubai, Khasab and Muscat.

Muslim cruise passengers will be important for the cruise line and to cater for them, the ship will receive the official OIC/SMIIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation / The Standards and Metrology Institute) Standard Halal-Friendly Cruise Ship certification, providing access to certified halal-friendly offerings. All meats will be sourced from UAE halal suppliers with no pork served onboard.

In addition, guests can pre-book appointments to have same gender crew attend them for services such as the spa and onboard announcements will be made in Arabic as well as English.

Certified vegetarian and Jain cuisine will also be available to cater to travellers from India and others who prefer specialised vegetarian selections.

Resorts World One is expected to make 75 calls in the region with 150,000 passengers over the six-month operating period.

Michael Goh, President of Resorts World Cruises, said: “Both Dubai and Doha are key international gateways to the Middle East and with the support of the respective local governments, authorities and travel partners, we look forward to further developing cruises to the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.”

The cruise company has worked in conjunction with local authorities and Philip Dickinson, who leads international market development at Visit Qatar, added: “Visit Qatar is delighted to have Resorts World Cruises calling into our stunning new Grand Terminal in the heart of Doha as a destination and also as a homeport for the upcoming deployment in the Arabian Gulf. The Resorts World One cruise ship will further boost Qatar’s inbound and outbound cruise tourism sector, showcasing the best of Qatari hospitality, culture and our tourist attractions to a new target audience.”

Resorts World Cruises is a brand extension of Resorts World, a global brand with a combination of over 50 years of experience in the hospitality and entertainment industry, featuring over 40 properties in eight countries spanning four continents – Asia, US, Europe and Africa. ✤