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Tourism & attraction - The shining capital of the UAE
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE and the largest of the seven emirates has seen great transformation in the last few years. Despite its humble and quiet stature, the emirate has now launched itself into the international tourism market with its wealth of quality infrastructure and breathtaking offerings.
The bustling city lies on a T-shaped island in the Arabian Gulf, with an estimated population of one million people – 80% of which are from the expatriate community. The city prides itself in being the largest and richest of the seven emirates, while still holding on to its rich Arabian culture and history.
Abu Dhabi is home to Ferrari World, the world's only Ferrari branded theme park and also one of the largest entertaining waterparks, the Yas Waterworld.
Abu Dhabi’s own Louvre Museum - A deal was signed recently between France and Abu Dhabi for the building of a branch of the renowned Louvre Museum on Saadiyat Island. The ‘Louvre Abu Dhabi’ will be an impressive 24,000 square-meter branch of the famous Parisian museum.
The emirate dished out a reported $930 million license fee - $530 million of which is for the rights of the ‘Louvre’ brand. In response, France will make expertise and art works available from its most prestigious museum. Each piece of art will be on loan to the ‘Louvre Abu Dhabi’ for a period of two years.
The ‘Louvre Abu Dhabi’ will be housed in a futuristic building that is designed by architect Jean Nouvel, who also designed the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. The museum will cost $110 million to build.
Formula One races to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi secured the right and privilege to host a Formula One Grand Prix back in 2009. The track is on Yas Island, a man-made island of around 6,000 acres that is part of a sophisticated tourism development, including three golf courses, a polo field and a Ferrari theme park.
The track is about 5.6 kilometers long and is divided into a three-kilometer permanent circuit for the public, and a 2.6 kilometer city layout, exclusively for Formula One racing.
Business - The Emirate today
The current boom in the tourism industry is propelling Abu Dhabi into the international scene, with various projects elevating the emirate into a Singaporean-style status in the region. Many visitors from around the world are being attracted to this active emirate, with its 1,300-kilometer coastline, and nearly $50 billion worth of investments in new hotels, good infrastructure and massive commercial, industrial and residential developments.
The secret of the emirate lies in its abundance in tourism offerings – pristine beaches, extensive desert wilderness, sporting attractions and luxurious shopping venues. The government of Abu Dhabi has placed tourism as a top priority, and seen as a good opportunity to boost the economic diversification and growth of the emirate, while at the same time enhancing its international reputation.
Back in 2004 the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) was set up in a bid to expand and support the emirate’s tourism industry. Since then, Abu Dhabi has witnessed a flood of new projects and developments, as well as heightened interest from around the world, reflected through high hotel occupancy rates.
After Abu Dhabi International Airport's expansion it will include 52 contact gates, luxurious passenger lounges and everyone’s favourite duty-free options. Another feature is the latest in luggage processing technology, a hotel for transit passengers for a more comfortable wait, and a new air traffic control tower overseeing all incoming and outgoing aircraft.
One of the most ambitious projects in the emirates’ history is Saadiyat Island, a 27-square kilometre natural island 500 metres from Abu Dhabi. Development began in 2006 and is expected to continue until 2018.
Estimated to be half the size of Bermuda, Saadiyat Island will be one of the Middle East’s largest natural island developments. Boasting 30 kilometres of waterfront and various eco-features, the island will have six distinct districts ranging from a cultural area to marinas.
Features include 19 kilometers of beaches, two golf courses, resorts, three marinas with a 1,000 vessel capacity, over 8,000 private villas, over 38,000 apartments and a total of eight architectural landmarks including museums, a concert hall, art gallery and other major cultural centres. One such cultural centre is the construction of the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry, the original architect of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
Another development is ADNEC’s new state-of-the-art Exhibition Centre, which includes car-parking, accommodation, business, residential, leisure and retail facilities.