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Abu Dhabi which hosts the island capital of the United Arab Emirates, is an intriguing mix of the past, present and exciting future. Welcome to a destination dubbed  "Arguably the worlds most exciting new tourism hotspot" by Britains influential Travel Weekly magazine.

For a chance to connect with the deep rooted culture of the Emirate, the Zayed Centre and the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village are one of the best attractions.If you fancy taking in the fresh ocean air , try visiting the sweeping Abu Dhabi Corniche, which is ideal for walkers, joggers, cyclists, sun worshippers and bathers. The beauty of the sunset at the Corniche , home to the opulant Emirates Palace Hotel is breathtaking. 

Yas Island which is linked to Abu Dhabi mainland by one of the 4 main bridges is home to Ferrari World which includes the "Formula Rossa" - the fastest roller coaster in the world. You will also find the Yas Marina circuit here which is home to the annual F1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Golfers can also enjoy a round of golf at the Yas Golf links which was recently voted in the top 100 golf courses outside the U.S. You will also find the Yas Regency Hotel here which is the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula 1 race track.

One can visit the "Manarat Al Saadiyat" Arts and Cultural Centre at the Saadiyat Islands which will be very shortly home to the world famous Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum.For those with more time , take a drive to the towering Jebel Hafeet heights ( 1240 mts.) in the oasis city of Al Ain.Try the Arabian Wildlife Park on the Sir Baniyas Islands for a visit to nature which boasts of over 10,000 free roaming animals which includes Arabian Oryx and Giraffes. Taking a nature and wildlife drive of the park  in specially made vehicles is a must.

 

  • Abu Dhabi Hotels surpass 2014 guest target. Local News

    The Abu Dhabi hotel industry has had its best year in terms of guest arrivals and guest nights where it showed an 18% growth and beat its annual target of 2.5 million guests. The over 150 hotels and hotel apartments in Abu Dhabi checked in over 2.8 million guests in 2013. This year the capital city has targeted 3.1 million guests. According to the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority,2013 saw 13 new hotel and hotel apartments open in the capital city. Also the Abu Dhabi International Airport set a new record when over 16.5 million passengers passed through the airport.

    Some important data released.

    1. Total number of hotels in Abu Dhabi - 150

    2. Average Room Rate in 2013.           - Dhe. 447.

    3. Largest overseas market for hotels  -  India

     

  • Dubai UAE Awarded Expo2020 Local News

    There will be a massive boost to jobs,tourism and construction in UAE and particularly in Dubai by virtue of Dubai being announced the host country for EXPO 2020. This announcement was made in Paris. Long term job creation and increased tourism and growth in the hospitality sectors would benefit the most. In the final round of voting Dubai,UAE beat Yekaterinberg,Russia by a comfortable margin of 116 votes to 47 votes,held during the general assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE). Earlier the countries eliminated in the initial rounds of voting were Izmir,Turkey and Sau Paulo, Brazil.All in all 164 nation members were eligible to vote.

    Reem al Hashemi, minister of state and the managing director of the Dubai World Expo 2020 bid committee delivered a 20 minutes presentation focussed on the UAE's hopes as a young country and Dubai's strengths of diversity,strong infrastructure and stability.After the 3rd and final round when the large screens showed the UAE had won by a huge margin,excitement filled the observation room at the general assembly.The UAE national anthem rang out in Paris immediately after the announcement was made. Celebrations are taking place all around UAE after the results were announced and all educational institutes in UAE were given a holiday.

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi Local News

    Louvre,Abu Dhabi

    The French Minister of Culture and communication, Aurelie Fillipettii has informed that the iconic Louvre Museum will be opening in Abu Dhabi on December 2nd,2015, the day the UAE nation celebrates its 44th National Day.There was more good news for local artists as it was disclosed that the 21st century wing of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi will feature more Emirati artists.This 6 year project has been a vital part of the 30 year agreement signed by the French and the UAE governments to enhance cultural relations between the two countries.

    Also present was Jean Luc-Martinez,who is the director of the Louvre Museum Paris,and he informed all that they were in the process of selecting over 300pieces of art from the Louvre, Paris to loan to the Louvre, Abu Dhabi for the innauguration.These works will join the 130 permanent artworks in the Louvre, Abu Dhabi collection.

  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 October 2013

    Held every October.

     

    Date -24th October to November 2nd ,2013

    Venue -Emirates Palace Vox Cinemas, Marina Mall

    The Abu Dhabi Film Festival was established in 2007 with the aim of helping to create a vibrant film culture throughout the region. Presented each October, the event is committed to curating exceptional programs to engage and educate the local community, inspire filmmakers and nurture the growth of the regional film industry. Plans are well underway for an exciting ten day programme of Arab and international cinema, complemented by red carpet premieres and a host of events. The Festival presents films in eight sections. New feature length and short works compete for Black Pearl Awards in the Narrative, Documentary, New Horizons, International Shorts and Emirates Film Competition programmes. Other recent films, retrospectives and restored classics are presented in the Showcase and Special Programmes sections. More information on the programme will be released in the lead up to the event.

  • Rolling Stones in Abu Dhabi February,2014

    The Rolling Stones will kick off their " 14 on Fire" tour with a one off show on Friday,February 21st. at the du Arena,in Yas Island,Abu Dhabi.Fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of frontman Mick Jagger who turned 70 this year.An added bonus for the fans will be the presence of Mick Taylor who was with the band between 1969 and 1974 and has been credited with some record hits and will be a special guest during this tour.

    The band will play their classic hits such as 'Gimme Shelter','Tumbling Dice','Its only Rock &Roll' and 'Honky Tonk Woman' which the band has played over a 1000 times.

    Date       21/02/2014

    Venue     Du Arena, Yas Island

    Tickets    100 $ to 500$

  • World Future Energy Summit, 2014 January 2014

    World Future Energy Summit, 2014.

    The World Future Energy Summit(WFES) is the worlds foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technology. WFES includes a world class conference, an International Exhibition and Young Future Energy Leaders Program. Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy company, and staged at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the WFES Conference attracts world leaders,international policy makers, industry experts, investors both from public and private sectors and media who gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss practical and sustaineble solutions to future energy challenges.

    The WFES Exhibition is an international business platform that connects project owners and solution providers to investors and buyers from the public and private sectors. WFES 2014, will present energy sector stakeholders with a unique opportunity to meet with their peers ,exchange technology,share best practice and form business partnerships that will further promote the global effort for a better future.

    Abu Dhabi ,the capital of United Arab Emirates is a global leader in energy.This emirate is one of the worlds leading producers of oil and gas and is investing heavily to become a regional and international powerhouse in renewable and sustainable energy knowledge, technology and capacity.

    Venue   Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre  (ADNEC)

    Dates    20/01/2014 to 22/01/2014.

    Hotels near the Exhibition Centre.

    Aloft Hotel

    Fairmont, Bab Al Bahr

    Hyatt Capital Gate

    Park Rotana 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Qasr Al Hosn Festival February,2014

    Qasr al Hosn Festival will again welcome visitors to celebrate Abu Dhabi's oldest fort when it opens its doors from February 20th to March 1st,2014.Visitors will get to explore the ancient fort as it undergoes renovation with a variety of inspiring activities,including a world class show reflecting themes inspired by UAE's history,interactive heritage and art workshops.

    Date         20th February - 1st March,2014.

    Venue       Qasr al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi

  • Rolling Stones in Abu Dhabi on February 21st,2014 Local News

    Its official- The Rolling Stones will be playing their first concert in the UAE on Friday 21st at the Du Arena in the Yas Island. Now in their 50th year as a band, the " 14 on Fire" tour kicks of with the opening of the tour in Abu Dhabi followed by tours in Japan, Macau,Australia and New Zealand. Fans will be eager to catch a glimpse of frontman Mick Jagger who turned 70 this year along with Keith Richard. An added bonus for the fans will be the presence of Mick Taylor,who was with the band between 1969 and 1974 and has been credited with some record hits ,will be a 'Special Guest' during this tour.

    Fans can enjoy classic numbers such as " Brown Sugar", "Satisfaction" and "Honky Tonk Women" which the band has played more than 1000 times. Tickets for the gig will start coming weekend and hopefully will have  limited discounted tickets for general admission for Dirhams 395.

  • Top Award for Etihad Airways Local News

    The national airlines of UAE, Etihad Airways, enjoyed stunning success at this years World Travel Awards which was held in Doha Qatar. Etihad Airways took away 3 major awards . They were,

    1. Worlds Leading Airline.

    2. Worlds leading First Class

    3. Worlds leading airline cabin crew.

    Established in 1993,the World Travel Awards recognise the very best travel organizations in the world through a global vote by travel professionals from over 171 countries in the world. The Wall Street Journal calls these awards the' Oscars of the Travel Industry'.

    Etihad Airways success in Doha follows recognition at the World Travel Awards Middle East, held in May in Dubai,when Etihad Airlines took home the awards for Middle East Leading Airline,Middle East leading Airline First Class and Middle East leading Cabin Crew.

  • Etihad Airways and VisitBritain sign deal to improve Tourism. Local News

    Etihad Airways the national airline of United Arab Emirates and VisitBritain signed a 3 year deal to increase visitor numbers in the Middle East. The deal is worth 2 million pounds and would facilitate joint marketing activities in the Asia Pacific and Middle East region. The memorandum of understanding(MOU) was signed in Abu Dhabi between Sandie Dawe,chief executive of Visit Britain and Peter Baumgartner,chief commercial officer of Etihad Airways last week.

    Research of statistics have revealed that there were over 1.8 million tourists who visited Britain from the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions in 2012 which was nearly 50% more than a decade ago.The number of trips from the UAE alone has more than doubled from the last decade and with Etihad Airways flying 3 times a day to Heathrow Airport and twice daily to Manchester,visitors from UAE are more likely to make intercity visits in Britain.

  • Al Ain International Aerobatic Show, 2013 November 2013

     

    Enjoy the National Day celebrations in this oasis city for the 10th Al Ain Aerobatic Show from November 30th to December 2nd,2013. Experience the worlds best pilots, aerial masterclasses, full family entertainment and the magical wonders of Al Ain. Aeroplanes, wing-walkers, gliders and helicopters will be displaying their amazing skills.

    Running at the Al Ain International Airport, the theme for this popular annual event is " Live Every Second". More than 70,000 people are expected to attend this 3 day event. So book your hotels in advance and avail of the 2 for 1 "Flypass" which includes 2 show tickets, entry for 2 to the famous Al Ain Zoo, white water rafting and surfing at the Wadi Adventure, all this for only Dirhams 125 ( US$ 34).

    We recommend the hotels listed  below for your stay during this event.

    Hilton , Al Ain

     Mercure Grand,Jebel Hafeet

    Al Ain Rotana Hotel

    Danat Al Ain Resort

    Ayla Hotel, Al Ain

     

  • World Youth Chess Championships, 2013 December ,2013

    Participants from over 100 countries are expected to descend to the oasis city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates from December 17th to December 29th of December ,2013 for the World Youth Chess Championships. Organised by the UAE Chess Federation under the auspices of FIDE , the organisers are promising the best ever event in the history of world youth chess championships.

     

    The venue will be at the prestigious UAE University of Al Ain. Al Ain has an international airport. Abu Dhabi,Dubai and Sharjah are hubs of many airlines and the venue is only over 100 km. from these airports.

    The categories are for under 8,10,12,14,16 and 18 years for both girls and boys.

    The participants will be hosted at the prestigious Al Ain University hostel. You can also make bookings at the following hotels which are nearby the venue.

    Al Ain Rotana Hotel

    Al Ain Palace Hotel

    Ayla Hotel

    Hilton Al Ain

    Danat Al Ain Resort

     

  • Mubadala World Tennis Championships,2013 December ,2013

    The Mubadala World Tennis Championship brings together six of the world’s top mens players in a three day competition held at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City from 26 December to 28 December 2013.

    This year the lineup for this event has the best from the world of tennis. they are

    Rafael Nadal

    Novak Djokovic

    Andy Murray

    David Ferrer

    Joe Tsonga

    Stan Wawarinka

    The venue for this event is the Zayed Sports City and there are a number of world class hotels nearby namely

    Aloft ,Abu Dhabi

    Dusit Thani ,Abu Dhabi

    Fairmont ,Bab Al Bahr,Abu Dhabi

     

     

     

     

     

     

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