Over 625,000 tourists and 157 ships were welcomed to Dubai this cruise season, according to a statement from Dubai Cruise Tourism (DCT).

The government body has revealed a 15 per cent increase in visitors compared to the previous season.

The latest Dubai cruise season has concluded with the departure of the season’s final ship, the C.S. Sea Princess, from Port Rashid recently.

This season also saw the first UK-based cruise line, Thomson Cruises, home porting in the region.