There is a discrepancy in passenger figures between that reported by the shipping line in 2005 and what it is claiming now.
In 2001, the shipping line, Al Salem, reported a capacity of 1100 passengers. Recently, the website has been revised to show an increased capacity of passengers, coincidentally, the same number carried by the ferry when it sank.
According to the Internet Way Back archive, the Feb. 2005, the passenger figure is reported as 1100. There were about 1500 people on the ship, including 100 crew.
From the internet way back archive: