Thursday, June 16, 2011
Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates Moving Ahead
Abu Dhabi rolled out a major expansion of its meeting industry infrastructure at last week's Imex in Frankfurt. In the Abu Dhabi pavilion the emirate's tourism authority and ten major stakeholders demonstrated developments that include enhancements to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and several new hotel properties.
The infrastructure development comes as meetings professionals in the destination report sustained strong demand from key source markets and increasing interest from emerging economies, namely Russia, Brazil, Asia and the Americas.
The Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec) is the focal point of the destination's business tourism expansion with the complex now ranking as the largest and most modern in the Arabian Gulf. This year will witness the conclusion of the second phase of Adnec's expansion with the final completion of two multi-storey car parks and the opening of the adjacent Aloft Abu Dhabi hotel - the brand's entry property in the Gulf region.
Next year will see the opening of Adnec's iconic Capital Gate Tower, which will house the five-star Hyatt At Capital Centre. The Aloft Abu Dhabi is already reporting strong interest ahead of its planned October opening. For tourist information see www.abudhabitourism.ae