Abu Dhabi global tourism initiatives cement its position as a top destination
Emirate’s 162 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments received 1,323,239 visitors in 2018, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to 2017
The first eight months of 2018 saw Abu Dhabi hotels receive 1.3 million visitors, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to last year, according to a report. August 2018 alone saw the emirate’s 162 hotels, resorts and hotel apartments received just under half a million visitors, an increase of 45,000 compared to the same month the year before.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (ADCT) has cited improvements in local tourism are behind the increase of visitors to the emirate. Such improvements include the addition of Al Hosn. Launched at the start of December, the site is located in the centre of Abu Dhabi as the first planned urban square in the emirate and contains the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, which is a surveillance tower built from sea stone in about 1795.
Other touristic additions are the ‘Bait Al Gahwa’ (House of Coffee), launched in 2018 to preserve, promote and support local heritage and reintroduce traditional Arabian coffee culture, the ‘Abu Dhabi Culture’, a digital platform gathering historic and cultural information and the schedule of artistic and cultural activities and events in Abu Dhabi.
The ADCT also aims to encourage visitors to explore authentic cultural heritage landmarks in Al Ain, including locations listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
For the year ahead, ADCT said: “It will intensify efforts to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s stature as a leading international tourism and cultural destination, as well as an ideal destination for entertainment and family holidays, through the launch of 'Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi,' and the anticipated opening of the entertainment project, ‘CLYMB’. Two major shopping centres will also open.”
Business tourism was also highlighted , as well as creating awareness about tourism attractions and tours in Al Ain, Al Dhafra, and Abu Dhabi City. The Abu Dhabi Conferences Office, a branch of the department, is also focusing on several specialised sectors.
The ADCT said that it is continuing to launch cultural and heritage infrastructure projects, to keep pace with the new requirements of visitors, including the current reconstruction and redevelopment of Al Ain Museum, which will continue until the final quarter of 2020.