Ferrari fans will have to wait just a week longer for the hugely anticipated opening of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. The park has postponed its soft launch till 4 November in order to mourn the death of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the ruler of Abu Dhabi’s neighbouring emirate Ras Al Khaimah.
Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become an international cruise hub has received a significant boost, following the signing, between Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and MSC Cruises of a landmark co-operation agreement that will see one of the world’s fastest growing cruise operator deploy one of its top vessels to the UAE capital on a homeport basis from October 2011.
Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become an international cruise hub has received a boost with the announcement that MSC Cruises will become the first cruise line to use the UAE capital on a homeport basis.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November is expected to provide an even greater tourism boost to the fast-growing emirate than the inaugural event last year, according to the latest predictions from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
Abu Dhabi enjoyed a 16 percent rise in the number guests staying in the emirate’s 116 licensed hotels and hotel apartments last month, compared to July 2009.
An interview with Faisal Abdulla Al Sheikh, Events Manager, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority at the World Sports Destination Expo, Johannesburg, July 2010
The fast-growing emirate of Abu Dhabi has idenitifed sport tourism as a fundamental strategy to help meet its ambitious growth targets. From hosting the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix to its new partnership with Manchester City, it is utilising the power of sport to spread its name globally.
Manchester City has renewed its sponsorship deal with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, which becomes the Premiership club’s official destination partner. The hugely respected tourism authority won “World’s Leading Tourism Board” at the 2009 World Travel Awards.
Abu Dhabi has signed on to become the Official Destination Partner of Manchester City Football Club (MCFC).
Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADAC and one of the key players in developing Abu Dhabi as a world-class tourism destination, has been announced as the winner of the AHIC 2010 Leadership Award.
Abu Dhabi has bucked the global tourism downturn by reporting a 2 percent rise in hotel guest numbers last year, with guest stays in the final quarter grew by 16 percent year-on year.