One of the wealthiest cities of the world and the richest in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, is perfect for hosting events and conferences. Having grown immensely in size and stature, Abu Dhabi is also considered one of the safest destinations in the world.
Abu Dhabi is a visually fascinating city where the domes and minarets of traditional mosques stand alongside imposing skyscrapers, and where tree-lined boulevards are regularly interspersed with dramatic roundabouts.
Abu Dhabi, a cosmopolitan centre of business and tourism, and has much to offer visitors, with a versatile landscape, friendly environment, and one of the highest per capita incomes and lowest crime rates in the world. Visitors can indulge in water sports, equestrian sports, sand-boarding, golf, off-road driving, cricket, or falconry at various locations, or cruise to the new Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world's first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind.
The city offers a large number of tourist attractions - museums, cultural centres, landmarks and mosques - that provide fascinating insights into local history and culture and the traditions of a bygone era. Abu Dhabi has many stunning modern developments including beautiful islands, prestigious hotels and huge shopping malls. Following an ambitious blueprint, the government's total investment in the tourism sector is projected at US$10.96 billion, spread over a period of 10 years.
Abu Dhabi houses one of the best convention centres in the world, the 55,000 square metre Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), as well as many other event and conference venues located across the city. The number of hotel rooms in Abu Dhabi looks set to grow to 25,000 by 2015 - 17,000 of which will be located in five-star and business hotels. An already well established venue for major regional events, Abu Dhabi is poised for a new era of growth and development as an international trade fair hub.
The emirate of Abu Dhabi is served by no less than five airports - Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) terminal and City terminal.
Abu Dhabi International Airport witnessed 7.3 per cent growth in 2009, and is growing twice as fast as the average total world passenger traffic. The airport is an award-winning facility and is currently undergoing expansion under an US$6.8 million expansion programme.
The Al Ain International Airport was opened in 1994 as Abu Dhabi's second international airport, and is located eight kilometres northwest of the city centre, in the picturesque town of Al Ain.