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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates and home to the country’s capital city is an exciting, thriving, safe 21st century metropolis with excellent facilities for meetings and incentive groups. It’s Manhattan-style waterfront skyline skirts its stunning Corniche. This is a destination which combines year round endless sunshine and superb facilities with the spice and the mystique of an Arabian adventure.

Abu Dhabi has over the past decade poured money into its fast-growing economy, launching multi-billion tourism, real estate and finance projects.

Abu Dhabi is centrally located between West and East with easy access from nearly everywhere in the world so is perfectly situated for global conferences and meetings with its airline Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, rapidly expanding its network and world class service.

On arrival you will find Abu Dhabi is a planned city with an efficient road and transport system, so getting large numbers of conference delegates around is easy and we have an enthusiastic, experienced and professional business tourism industry.

Abu Dhabi has world class hotels such as the Emirates Palace, the region’s best Arabian style hotel with more than 100 domes and a global landmark which offers hospitality superceding five-star. There are many major hotel developments being planned or constructed and room availability in the capital is set to increase to 26,000 by 2012. The Shangri la Qaryat AL Beri is now open and the next few years are set to be hugely exciting for the meetings industry with prestigious names such as St. Regis, Westin, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, Ritz Carlton and Fairmont coming into the market – many on Saadiyat Island – the 27 square kilometre island offshore Abu Dhabi city which is being transformed into signature cultural, residential and leisure destination. The island’s Cultural District – one of seven distinct district masterplanned for the destination – will host the world’s largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions including the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a maritime museum and performing arts centre. The aim is to make Abu Dhabi and Saadiyat Island an international cultural hub for the Middle East on par with the world’s best. A host of architectural luminaries have been engaged for the design of these museums including Lord Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Tado Ando and Zaha Hadid.

Other mega developments under way in Abu Dhabi include Yas island, which will host a Ferrari World Development and the finale of the 2009 Formula One in November and a state-of-the-art race track is now taking shape.

And, of course, the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) – already one of the world’s most modern exhibition centres and the largest in the Middle East with 12 halls and 55,000 square metres of exhibition space, is undergoing further expansion. It will host the world’s longest running and largest medical conventions – the World Ophthalmology Congress – in 2012. In addition, ADNEC is developing the Al Ain Convention Centre, in Abu Dhabi’s second city – the oasis ‘Garden City’ of Al Ain.

There are uplifting extra curricula opportunities for conference groups, including guided tours of the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the largest in the world where visitors can view the world’s largest handmade carpet, the world’s largest crystal chandelier and be briefed by a UAE national guide on the many fascinating aspects of this stunning building, built to accommodate 40,000 worshippers and obtain a better understanding of Islam. Groups can also tour the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – the world’s largest falcon hospital – and visit its unique falconry museum, treatment rooms, the hospital wards were falcons are kept as VIPs during their stay and the free-flight aviary. They can even try their hand at this ancient and noble desert sport.

For a conference with a difference, how about having a meeting in a tent or Majlis – meeting Arab style may give delegates a new way of looking at things and prompt brain storming with a difference.

Great meeting facilities are only one aspect of Abu Dhabi’s tourism product with sun, sand, adventure activities, sports, fabulous restaurants and nightlife, culture and heritage also adding to the destination’s appeal. In Abu Dhabi you will be able to experience authentic traditions, rich culture and UAE hospitality and engage with local people.

Whether you are co-ordinating an international congress for 12,000, a corporate meeting for 200, or a global exhibition, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority’s Business Tourism department will assist and help make your event the most outstanding success by offering its creativity, expertise and inside knowledge of Abu Dhabi.

Authentic, captivating, accessible, English speaking, welcoming and memorable ….great things to do, endless sunshine!

Abu Dhabi - the Business Tourism Destination!


The Abu Dhabi Advantage

Abu Dhabi is the Capital city of the United Arab Emirates and the Government and Political centre.

The city is aiming to be the cultural capital of the Middle East.

The Abu Dhabi Advantage is as follows: 

  1. Strong governmental support at the highest level
  2. Excellent air and road links
  3. Smooth visa process
  4. Cutting-edge technology infrastructure
  5. Outstanding meeting facilities, venues and services – state of the art Conference and Exhibition Centre
  6. Safe, clean crime free destination – tipped by the New York-based consultancy Mercer as the Middle East’s safest city with one of the world’s lowest crime rates with authorities prioritizing community safety under their five year strategic plan.
  7. Dedication to hospitality and service
  8. Un-spoilt desert, incredible dunes, rugged mountain scenery, lush oases and wildlife
  9. On-going commitment to enhancing Business Tourism facilities and infrastructure
  10. Authentic taste of Arabian culture and heritage
  11. Luxury, good value accommodation
  12. Hotels and Professional Conference Organizers offering experience and creativity in Congress planning
  13. Fantastic Social activities




Abu Dhabi has unveiled details of its Yas Marina Circuit, on Yas Island – one of the largest of over 200 islands which dot the coastline of this expansive emirate – which will be home, on November 1, 2009, of the Formula 1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

It has been designed according to the specific needs of Abu Dhabi, including innovative totally covered grandstands to provide shade from the sun.The track will run through the stunning Yas Marina Hotel, there will be a Sun Tower 60 metres above the track allowing VIP guests the perfect view of the action, and a marina with a yacht club. Yas Island’s F1 facilities will also include a karting track, dragstrip, business park and team buildings.

The Yas Marina Circuit is being developed by ALDAR Properties as part of the overall US $40 billion development of Yas Island which will also be home to a planned Ferrari theme park.


The first phase of this multi-experiential, nature-based destination in Abu Dhabi’s (Al Gharbia) western province is now open. The first phase centres on Sir Bani Yas Island, an 87 square kilometre natural island which lies 250 kilometres from Abu Dhabi city. Sir Bani Yas Island is a former Royal eco-resort which is a legacy of the late UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The island features the 64-room boutique luxury getaway, the Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa. Guests are able to participate in a range of adventure activities including 4x4 guided tours of the Arabian Wildlife Park which boasts one of the world’s largest herds, at over 400, of Arabian Oryx (gazelles).


Taking shape amidst the towering dunes of the Rub Al Khali (Empty Quarter), this five-star desert retreat is on track for a September 2009 opening. The resort, which will be managed by Thai hospitality chain Anantara, is just 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The luxury get-away will feature 140 guestrooms, ten Royal Pavilion villas and 42 additional villas, a mix of one, two and three bedroom unites, as well as a spa themed along the lines of the traditional Hammam healing baths.


Culture & Hospitality

Hospitality lies at the heart of Arab culture. Just as the Bedouin would once offer food and shelter to strangers in the desert, visitors today will experience a welcome unmatched anywhere else, from the traditional serving of Arabic coffee to an absolute dedication to the highest standards of modern service. Part of Abu Dhabi’s unique charm is the blend of ancient and modern. Traditions, some of them little changed from the 19th century, coexist with a 21st century economy and lifestyle; a juxtaposition that lies at the heart of modern society. Old world courtesies still prevail and traditional culture is very much alive. Visitors can see craftsmen demonstrating ancient skills or experience camel riding, falconry, ayallah dancing, henna paining and learn about other age-old customs from local people proud to share their traditions.


Abu Dhabi’s strategic geographical location ensures easy access from the world’s major trade centres. It lies halfway between Tokyo and New York, with Europe, Africa and western Asia a short hop away. Business travellers can reach Abu Dhabi from London, Shanghai, Cape Town or Moscow within eight hours and the city is well served by international carriers. Eitihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based national airline, is expanding rapidly and has set an impeccably high standard of service and reliability. It will fly to 70 destinations by 2010. On the ground, Abu Dhabi benefits from a highly efficient road system. Journey time from the international airport to the main business district averages just 20 minutes. Traffic flow is well managed and the road network has been carefully planned, so transporting large numbers of conference delegates is easy.

Economy and Infrastructure

Abu Dhabi is a major global economic powerhouse and one of the world’s top oil producers. Its per capita GDP is the highest in the world. The emirate has entered a new era of economic liberalisation and modernisation that will transform it over the next decade into one of the world’s leading centres of excellence in tourism, culture, infrastructure development and across a wide spectrum of business and social activity. Abu Dhabi has an outstanding and ever-improving Business Tourism infrastructure. Its many world class hotels include the spectacular Emirates Palace, the best Arabian-style hotel in the region and dozens of other five-star properties with meeting facilities, as well as specialist venues such as the excellent conference and exhibition facilities of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). This is a city made for business, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority can put you in touch with an enthusiastic and professional business tourism industry. Equally important, Abu Dhabi provides excellent value for money. From taxi fares to accommodation costs, prices are highly competitive. The crime rate is virtually zero.


In Abu Dhabi, the sun shines all year. Dry, warm conditions are virtually guaranteed and Business Tourism organisers need have no worries about unexpected weather conditions affecting their event. Abu Dhabi is also blessed with great scenic diversity. The emirate has 700km of fabulous beaches with 200 islands dotted along the coastline. Landscapes range from colossal dunes to rugged mountains to verdant oases. There are more than 200 million palm trees offering splashes of bright green among the golds and browns of the desert. The flora and fauna is equally varied and remarkably plentiful for such an arid environment. Excellent roads make it easy to explore the emirate’s interior just a short drive from the city. Popular pre- and post-conference tours include visit the garden city of Al Ain, the 180km of oases at Liwa or the spectacular desert of the Empty Quarter.


Abu Dhabi has many superb modern shopping centres offering exceptionally good value on both regional specialities and top international brands. Its spacious air conditioned malls feature a wide selection of retail outlets complemented by food courts and entertainment facilities. The world’s best known brands are all available and, thanks to Abu Dhabi’s status as a tax free economy, are typically priced much more competitively than in other major cities. In contrast to the malls, Abu Dhabi’s souks offer a taste of traditional commerce and plenty of opportunities for bargaining! Popular buys include gold, jewellery, rugs and souvenir items ranging from shisha pipes to carpets to khanjar daggers

Golf, Sports & Activities

Golf is a popular element in many business tourism programmes and, as host to the annual European PGA Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, the emirate is rapidly making its mark as a leading international destination for keen golfers. There are already a number of options available – including the novelty of playing on a sand course - and the future looks even brighter, with plans to build several new courses of championship standard in the near future. Desert adventures, including 4x4 safaris, dune bashing and sand-skiing make for memorable Business Tourism experiences, while the warm blue waters of the Gulf are perfect for activities like jet-skiing, fishing and diving. Abu Dhabi’s many spectator attractions include powerboat racing, aerobatics competitions and horse and camel racing. Or visitors can simply enjoy a cool drink while soaking up the sun by the poolside or on the beach.

Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Our vision:

To be a leading tourism authority that is positioning the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as an outstanding, globally recognized, sustainable tourism destination, while enriching the lives of the Abu Dhabi community and visitors alike.

To be a leading tourism authority that is positioning the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as an outstanding, globally recognized, sustainable tourism destination, while enriching the lives of the Abu Dhabi community and visitors alike.

Our Mission:

To drive and support the development and promotion of tourism in Abu Dhabi efficiently, effectively and transparently in partnership with all our stakeholders while ensuring the highest quality standards 


Our Values:

Respect, Pro-active, Excellence with Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Innovations, Customer Focus and Transparency

Abu Dhabi
PO Box 94000

Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 444 0444
Fax: +971 2 449 6600

Gillian Taylor gtaylor@abudhabitourism.ae
Mubarak Al Nuaimi malnuami@adta.ae
Khulood Al Marzouqi kmarzouqi@adta.ae