There was a growing number of guests staying in Abu Dhabi’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments in Q1 2018. In fact, there’s been a 12.3% increase compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), bringing to 1.2m guests the number of those that have opted to stay overnight sometime during this first quarter of the year.
Abu Dhabi is investing billions of dollars in tourism and hospitality, as global travelers come to the capital for many reasons: there are the vacationers that come to visit Abu Dhabi’s modern Sheikh Zayed Mosque or even go to see the Louvre Abu Dhabi, if not engage in some fun activities like at the Yas Waterworld Park or Ferrari World, or else be entertained as a spectator at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to make the most of an Abu Dhabi vacation.
Then there are those tourists that visit for the beautiful capital’s sand beaches and islands or to shop at arts district of Saadiyat Island and business and shopping hub Al Maryah Island, home of the luxury mall.
Did you know that Abu Dhabi is a favorite in the hotel industry’s segment of luxury getaways? Emirates Palace is one of Abu Dhabi’s top hotels; the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers or the St. Regis Abu Dhabi are also guest favorites. Tempting is the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort just to name a few of the popular places. Let’s not forget the Pearl Rotana which has opened in Abu Dhabi most recently and is offering an “all new contemporary hospitality experience,” said the hotel’s general manager Karim Nahas.
And for those foreigners that would like to stay longer, luxury residential prices in Abu Dhabi have fallen by 10% in 2017, dropping faster than in Dubai and Riyadh combined, according to Knight Frank’s Prime International Residential Index (PIRI 100). Rental value is also continuing to decline which is why most newcomers choose to remain in the UAE’s capital city.
Also, the economic activity is on the upsurge with some new Abu Dhabi forthcoming attractions in 2018 that are sure to appeal to more visitors coming in the year ahead:
- Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (a project to be completed late-2018) will be a transnational museum dedicated to the contemporary art and culture scene which will present some of the most important artistic achievements of our time dating from the 1960s to the present day. Designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Frank Gehry is being built on Saadiyat Island. One can expect this museum to become Abu Dhabi’s main arts and culture hub.
- Warner Bros. Worldtm Abu Dhabi is a theme park (it’s almost completed and will open in July) that’s sure to fascinate a number of tourists visiting the emirate over the next few years. The $1 billion theme park, built by developer Miral and found on Yas island, will feature 6 immersive worlds to include a DC Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and a Warner Bros Plaza; in addition, the park will feature 29 state-of-the-art thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions, and a unique live entertainment area.
- CLYMB (a project to be completed by mid-2018) is set to be a popular indoor skydiving facility. It’s going to have the world’s tallest climbing wall and the largest flight chamber.
These are only some of the newest projects in the making that are sure to help drive inbound tourism in support of Abu Dhabi’s government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate.
In sum, Abu Dhabi city offers many things to do, see and experience; no wonder there’s so many tourists these days, as well as settlers.