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Abu Dhabi sees 1.6 million visitors

Abu Dhabi welcomed almost 1.6 million visitors in the first quarter of 2017, a 7 per cent increase over the same period in 2016. Additionally, April of this year also saw an increase of 15 per cent in hotel guest arrivals. The city is hosting numerous festivals and cultural programmes throughout the year, and hotels and attractions will offer promotions in a bid to encourage tourism for the remainder of the year.

Abu Dhabi sees 1.6 million visitors

A recent report states that Abu Dhabi welcomed almost 1.6 million visitors in the first quarter of this year, which is a 7 per cent increase over the same period last year. And the growth continues, according to the report; the month of April continued to build on the growing number of visitors, with a 15 per cent increase in hotel guest arrivals.

According to the report, each of the top tourist source markets for Abu Dhabi—China, India, UK, US, Germany, and Saudi Arabia—have shown growth. Of these, China remains the largest overseas source market with 131,253 hotel guest arrivals, followed by India and the UK. The increase in visitors from China reflects the recent relaxation of entry rules with visa on arrival for visitors.

In addition to an increase in foreign visitors, domestic travel has increased in Abu Dhabi as well.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, director-general of TCA Abu Dhabi, said:

“Efforts to stimulate interest in our destinations continue unabated and we are encouraged by our latest hotel guest arrival results, which show strong progress. As we expand our year-round programme of events and develop new cultural and family attractions, we expect even greater traction in enticing people to explore the emirate.”

Among the reasons for Abu Dhabi’s growing appeal as a tourist destination is the recent accolade for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which was ranked by travellers as the world’s no. 2 favourite landmark for the second year in a row by travel planning and booking website TripAdvisor. In 2016, the mosque saw 5.2 million visitors.

The city is also host to a number of festivals and cultural events, including this year’s inaugural edition of “Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings.” Running from June 4 to 17, the event will feature a wide arrange of cultural experiences during the month of Ramadan. Numerous other festivals are scheduled for later in the year, with hotels and attractions offering promotions encouraging visitors to come to Abu Dhabi. 

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