Aldar Properties has announced it is planning to launch four new developments on Yas Island and Reem Islands in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The company is looking to invest Dh1.9 billion into a 279-room four-star hotel with 70 serviced apartments and a retail park on Yas Island, a four-star hotel and 600 mid-market residences in the Shams district on Reem Island.
Etihad Airways has launched a new campaign to encourage transit travellers to spend more time in Abu Dhabi. The ‘48 Hour Challenge’ is aimed at travellers visiting the emirate for a stopover between destinations and UAE residents planning short break “staycations”. The airline launched the promotion with a video of Ricky Wilson, the frontman of the rock band Kaiser Chiefs, who recently spend 48 hours in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi International Airport recorded an increase in passengers in January, 2017 with more than 2.2 million international visitors passing through the facility in the United Arab Emirates. The airport traffic figures were up by 2.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2016, and the majority of passengers originated from India and the United Kingdom.
Marriott International will launch its second Marriott-branded hotel in Abu Dhabi next week. The Marriott Hotel Al Forsan will open its doors this February, 2017, and will cater for families and corporate groups. The new hotel has 400 guest rooms and suites, plus facilities including several restaurants with outside terraces, a 50-metre swimming pool with Splash bar, a kids area, a fitness centre, and a spa.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture announced that the country saw an eight per cent increase in tourists in 2016. Nearly 4.5 million tourists checked into Abu Dhabi hotels last year, a significant increase over the prior year. Among international visitors to Abu Dhabi, the UK contributed the third largest number of guests.
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