Abu Dhabi: Shifting Sands


Abud Dhabi Desert

Often overshadowed by neighbouring Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate in the UAE, is emerging as one of the most important players in the region, says Halima Ali

Larger, more populated and perhaps surprisingly, wealthier than its ostentatious neighbour Dubai — which needed bailing out to the tune of £6.3 billion a few years ago — Abu Dhabi takes a more refined approach to tourism, preferring to stay clear of the ‘look at me’ route and instead focusing on developing a heritage based on art, culture and sport to attract visitors.

The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has slowly and strategically been building a solid tourism infrastructure to steer away from its reliance on oil revenues. It seems to be succeeding, with several major attractions anchoring Abu Dhabi on the international map…

Read More: ABTA Magazine The Daily

This feature was published in ABTA Magazine The Daily Day 2 distributed at this years WTM. 


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