Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, executive director with the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority talks to Breaking Travel News about the growth of the hospitality sector in the emirate, the growing cruise market, and what is on the agenda for 2017.
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has unveiled Turbo Track, a new, heart-pounding rollercoaster set to open at the end of March.
Year-end figures from Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority show an eight per cent increase in Abu Dhabi hotel guests when compared to 2015. A total of 4,440,314 guests checked into Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments in 2016, staying a total of 12,031,628 nights.
The cruise sector in Abu Dhabi is celebrating a year of achievement with record numbers of ship calls and passengers arriving in the emirate during the previous season and the successful launch of the Arabian Gulf’s only dedicated cruise beach stopover.
Abu Dhabi Ports has officially opened Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach, offering cruise ship passengers a new beach destination with unmatched tourism experiences. Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach lies approximately 170 kilometres along the coast from Abu Dhabi city and is the Gulf region’s only dedicated desert-island cruise stopover.
Marriott Hotels has hosted a spectacular event to celebrate the grand opening of the Marriott Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments Downtown Abu Dhabi. Over 400 special guests gathered in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom for a memorable celebration that showcased the property, the hotel’s three restaurant outlets, spectacular live entertainment and Marriott Hotel’s unique perspective on travel.
FLASH Entertainment, the Middle East’s premier live events company, announced earlier that Coldplay will return to Abu Dhabi to celebrate the New Year with their UAE fans. The event, on Saturday, December 31st, will take place at the du Arena, Yas Island. Coldplay’s show forms part of the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, presented by du Live! and brought to Abu Dhabi by FLASH Entertainment in association with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s vibrant entertainment and leisure destination.
Etihad Airways has welcomed guests to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a flypast of its Airbus A380 flagship. Filmed in partnership with the Al Fursan Aerobatics team, the exhibition was a highlight of the final weekend of the F1 season. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title following during the event, edging out team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Breaking Travel News talks to Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority at World Travel Market 2016. On the agenda is the growth of the tourism sector in the destination, the ever growing range of hotels on offer and what we can look forward to for 2017.
Breaking Travel News talks to Kirsty Danks Brown, sales and marketing director, Bab Al Qasr Hotel, at World Travel Market 2016. Opened by Millennium & Copthorne earlier this year, the hotel is situated in a stunning location in Abu Dhabi. Here we find out how it has been received over the past few months.