Abu Dhabi - Destination Of Distinction

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  • 1. Abu Dhabi ‘ Ahlan Wa Sahlan’ to a destination of distinction
  • 2.
    • One of the most fascinating emerging business & leisure destinations
    • Voted one of the top ten places to visit in 2010 by leading international
    • travel guides Lonely Planet and Frommer’s
    • Experiencing tourism and infrastructure growth at time when most of
    • world static
  • 3. Abu Dhabi – heritage & culture
    • Spice & mystique of an Arabian
    • adventure
    • Welcoming – warm hospitality is
    • in the genes
    • Virtually crime-free
    • Voted by Mercer Consultants as
    • ‘ the safest city in the Middle East’
    • Almost year-round sunshine
  • 4. Abu Dhabi – nature & adventure
    • 200 natural islands
    • Unspoilt desert
    • Incredible marine life
    • Lush oases
    • Abundant wildlife
  • 5. Improved Access to the emirate  
    • Abu Dhabi International Airport
    • 30 km from city centre, approx 30-40 mins
    • Increasing number of new carriers – nine alone in 2009 - and improved visa process
    • New Terminal 3 with Etihad first & business class lounges and upmarket retail experience
    • Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) investing in new multi-billion international airport –
    • ultimate capacity of 40 million passengers by 2015
  • 6. Abu Dhabi Emirate
    • Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    • Abu Dhabi is both a city, and an Emirate
    • Abu Dhabi emirate is made up of three distinct regions:
      • Abu Dhabi City
      • Al Ain [Eastern region]
      • Al Gharbia [Western region]
  • 7. Abu Dhabi city
    • Vibrant, cosmopolitan capital city
    • Currently 2.1 million residents
    • 90 minutes drive from Dubai
  • 8. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    • Abu Dhabi landmark at entrance to Abu Dhabi city
    • World’s largest handmade carpet
    • World’s largest crystal chandelier
    • Can accommodate 40,000 worshippers
    • Open to non-muslims
    • Guided tours every Sunday – Thursday at 10am
    • For bookings email zayedmosquetour@adta.ae
  • 9. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
    • Largest exhibition centre in Gulf region @ 55,000 sqm
    • Largest indoor auditorium
    • Two interconnecting hotels – Aloft Abu Dhabi (opened Nov 09) and Hyatt at Capital Centre (completion due 2011)
    • 7 more on-site hotels in planning as part of Capital Gate project
  • 10. Abu Dhabi – the happening place for business
    • In 2009 Abu Dhabi hosted over 100 events
    • attracting over 1.8 million guests, including:
    • ADIPEC (International Petroleum)
    • World Future Energy Summit
    • Gastech
    • IDEX (International Defense) – the largest exhibition in the Middle East
    • GIBTM – largest gathering of meetings professionals in the region
  • 11. Al Ain [Eastern Region]
    • Traditional home of Abu Dhabi’s Ruling Al Nahyan family
    • Often called ‘The Oasis City’ or ‘The Garden City’
    • Al Ain means ‘the spring’ in Arabic
    • One of world’s oldest continually inhabited settlements – rich in archeological sites
    • 90 minutes drive from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai
  • 12. Al Gharbia [Western Region]
    • An adventure playground – some of world’s most dramatic desert & stunning natural offshore islands
    • Described as ‘where the desert meets the sea’
    • Majestic gateway to ‘Rub Al Khali’ [The Empty Quarter]
    • Showcase for authentic heritage – desert tribes, date & camel festivals
    • 90 minutes drive ++ from Abu Dhabi
  • 13. Hotel guest growth 2009 & 2010
    • Abu Dhabi achieved 2% rise in hotel guests for 2009 – bucking declining
    • international trends
    • ADTA targeting 1.65 million hotel guests for 2010 – a 10% increase on
    • 2009
    • Seven luxury hotels opened on Yas Island in Nov 09 alone
    • Leading European hospitality brands making their debut in 2010
  • 14. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
    • Icon on Abu Dhabi’s magnificent Corniche, opened 2007
    • Ultra-luxurious hotel, managed by Kempinski
    • 1.3km of beautiful, private beach
    • Private marina under construction to open Q3 2010
    • 2 helicopter pads
    • Permanent Cultural District, Saadiyat Island exhibition on display open daily from 10am to 10pm
  • 15. Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
    • Bein Al Jesrein area [‘Between the Two Bridges’], only 20 mins from airport
    • 30 minutes from centre of Abu Dhabi
    • 215 luxurious guest rooms & suites
    • Private beach and marina
    • Upmarket Qaryat Al Beri souk full of souvenirs, treasures and fine dining
    • Opened 2008 – and four-star Traders Hotel opened 2009
  • 16. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
    • Bein Al Jesrein area [‘Between the Two Bridges’], next to Traders Hotel & Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri
    • Business traveller focus
    • 369 luxurious guest rooms & suites
    • Private beach
    • Two Marco Pierre White restaurants – Frankies and MPW Steakhouse & Grill
    • Opened October 2009
  • 17. The Yas Hotel, Yas Island
    • The Yas Hotel forms centrepiece of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit & straddles F1™ track
    • Developed by ALDAR
    • 252 deluxe and 247 executive rooms and suites all with exceptional views
    • Hosts two Georges V (of ‘Buddha Bar’ fame) concept bars – Skylite on main rooftop and Rush in adrenaline-evoking bridge above the circuit
    • Opened November 2009
  • 18. Anantara Desert Resort & Spa, Sir Bani Yas Island
    • Voted one of the world’s greatest hotels by Conde Nast Traveller in the magazine’s Gold List 2010
    • Developed by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)
    • Sir Bani Yas Island in Western Region – 2 hrs drive from Abu Dhabi and 20 mins ferry. Or 1 hr by seaplane
    • 87 sq km island, former private Royal nature reserve
    • Home to Arabian Wildlife Park & one of world’s largest free-roaming herds of Arabian Oryx
    • Opened 2008
  • 19. Qasr al Sarab, Liwa
    • Five-star luxury desert resort in Liwa desert on edge of Rub Al Khali [The Empty Quarter’]
    • Developed by TDIC, managed by Anantara
    • Desert activities including falconry, camel riding, star-gazing and excursions into Rub Al Khali
    • 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi
    • Private 500-metre air strip & runway being developed
    • Opened December 2009
  • 20. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi
    • Luxurious 318 room five-star hotel and 172 room fully-serviced hotel apartments
    • Near Khalifa Park on eastern side of Abu Dhabi city
    • 20 minutes from airport & 30 mins from city
    • Signature Teatro restaurant and traditional gastro-pub, Coopers
    • Opened Q1 2010
  • 21. Coming up in 2010….
    • Bridgeway Abu Dhabi
    • Managed by Europe’s luxury brand, The Rocco Forte Hotel Collection
    • Brand’s first foray into Middle East
    • Developed by TDIC
    • Features 2 spectacular 11-story towers
    • On Airport Road, close to Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC)
  • 22. Coming up in 2010….
    • Grand Canal Abu Dhabi
    • Themed on gracious waterways of Venice
    • Operated by JW Marriott
    • Developed by Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH)
    • Opposite Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri, Traders & Fairmont
  • 23. Coming up in 2010….
    • Hili Rayhaan, Al Ain
    • Part of Wahat Hili [‘Oases of Hili’] mall development in north district of Al Ain
    • Five-star hotel operated by Rotana
    • Alcohol-free property with 257 rooms and suites
    • Only 30 minute drive from Abu Dhabi airport and close to heritage sites of Al Ain city
  • 24. Yas Island
    • One of the most exciting new developments in Abu Dhabi, envisioned as a mega-entertainment destination
    • Linked to Saadiyat Island and mainland by 5-lane dual Sheikh Khalifa Highway. 20 - 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi city
    • Open to date – Yas Marina Circuit & seven hotel and hotel apartments
    • Opening this year – Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course, Ferrari World
    • Yas Mall to open 2012 - Warner Bros theme park and Yas Island Waterpark in planning
  • 25. Yas Island Hotels
    • The Yas Hotel
    • Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi & Staybridge Suites
    • Rezidor Park Inn
    • Radisson Blu
    • Yas Island Rotana & Centro Yas Island
  • 26. Yas Island – Yas Marina Circuit
    • Home of Etihad Airways F1™ Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
    • Action 365-days a year with major motorsports events – eg. GP2 Asia Series, plus Australian V8s, International Drag Racing and FIA GT Championships Series
    • Track Days
    • Coming soon – Driving Academy & go-karting
  • 27. Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course
    • Region’s first true links golf course, designed by Kyle Phillips
    • Opens March 2010
    • Features 7,450 yard par 72 course
    • All 18 holes benefit from ocean views with rolling hills
    • Andalucía clubhouse features sports bar & fine dining restaurant
    • All 7 Yas Island hotels in close proximity and offer ‘stay & play’ packages
  • 28. Yas Island – Yas Marina
    • 143 berth Marina
    • Yas Yacht Club opens Q2 2010
    • Features lounges & cigar bars, including internationally recognised ‘Monte Carlo Stars N Bars’
    • Family-friendly F1™ themed restaurant also planned
  • 29. Yas Island – Ferrari World
    • World’s first – and only – Ferrari theme park
    • Opens Q4 2010
    • 2,500 hectare leisure development features over 20 rides & attractions
    • Includes two Ferrari rollercoaster rides, a G-Force ride, F1™ simulators and much much more
    • Options for private group entrance and exclusive park use
  • 30. Saadiyat Island
    • Will have world’s largest concentration of premier cultural institutions in its Cultural District
    • Sheikh Zayed National Museum; the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; the Louvre Abu Dhabi; a performing arts centre and a maritime museum
    • Cultural District due for completion 2014
    • Open now – Manarat al Saadiyat exhibition centre and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
  • 31. Manarat al Saadiyat
    • Visitor and exhibition centre on Abu Dhabi’s flagship Saadiyat Island
    • Translates as ‘place that provides enlightenment’
    • Will host dedicated space for touring international cultural & art exhibitions
    • Will comprise 4 major galleries, central events space, 250-seat theatre and restaurant
    • Phase One open now – permanent Saadiyat Island exhibition and ‘Arts Abu Dhabi Gallery’
  • 32. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
    • Is Arabian Gulf’s first and only ‘ocean’ course with several beachfront holes
    • 18-hole ‘ocean’ masterpiece designed by Gary Player
    • Over a third of course has views of Saadiyat coastline and dolphins spotted regularly
    • Opened Q1 2010
    • Frank Gehry has designed the official Club House, due to open 2013
    • Will have nine hotels opening in phases – commencing with St Regis Hotel & Residences and Park Hyatt in 2011
  • 33. World-Class Leisure Events
    • ADTA Leisure Events:
    • Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, January
    • Al Ain Aerobatic Show, January
    • Gourmet Abu Dhabi, February
    • Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, March
    • Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, March
    • Summer in Abu Dhabi, July
    • Rally Abu Dhabi, December
    • Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge, December
    ADTA has built a solid events and promotions product base, aimed at enriching the lives of visitors and residents alike and delivering heightened destination awareness.
  • 34. World-Class Business Events
    • GIBTM, March
    • World Green Tourism Abu Dhabi, December
    • World Health Care Congress, December
    • Coming in 2012:
    • World Ophthalmology Congress
    • World Route Development Forum
    ADTA-backed business events:
  • 35.