Abu Dhabi continues to see increase in guest arrivals
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.
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority reports that 2016 saw an eight per cent increase in the city’s hotel guests compared to 2015. A total of 4,440,314 guests checked into hotels in Abu Dhabi in 2016.
Among those visitors, the UK is the third highest contributor and the leading European market. In 2016, the number of visitors to Abu Dhabi from the UK increased to 238,167, a three per cent increase from 2015. The authority also reports that UK guests are among those who stay the longest, with an average visit of 3.96 nights.
Abu Dhabi’s top ten inbound markets for 2016 were: UAE, India, UK, China, Philippines, Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, USA, Germany, and Jordan.
The country was founded in 1971, and has experienced rapid change and development, although not, perhaps, on the same disorienting scale as Dubai. Though still very much an Arabic country, English is widely spoken in Abu Dhabi, making it especially attractive for English-speaking travellers. Additionally, it boasts year-round sunny weather, fine beaches, and a modern, safe environment.
Visitors to Abu Dhabi will find that it is an immensely well-planned city with numerous large developments in the works. It’s still a relatively new destination for international tourists, meaning that visitors aren’t likely to encounter unmanageable crowds or the kind of loud, drunken behaviour that is common in well-trod tourist spots.
Among the many attractions in Abu Dhabi, the Corniche, or the seafront, is arguably the most impressive site in the city. Roughly eight kilometres, it has a pedestrianized promenade, including cafes and restaurants. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is also one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic sites.
A massive mosque that can accommodate 41,000 worshippers, it is one of the few mosques in the region that is open to non-Muslims. With more than 1000 pillars as well as enormous minarets, the mosque is considered an outstanding example of modern Islamic architecture.
Like its neighbour Dubai, Abu Dhabi also has its share of modern attractions, such Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The attraction is currently developing plans to add 19 additional rides and attractions, including Turbo Track, a 180-metre track based on a Ferrari training facility.
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