James Swallow takes a look at new figures which show that there was a significant rise in the number of tourists who visited Abu Dhabi in the first half of 2015.
Abu Dhabi Tourism
The city of Abu Dhabi is one of the most importance centres of trade in the UAE, second only to Dubai. This has turned Abu Dhabi into a desirable tourist location for business travellers across the world, allowing the UAE’s capital city to develop a robust tourism sector.
Figures from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) Abu Dhabi show that 3.49 million tourists visited the Emirate in 2014. According to the National, arrivals to the city expanded 25% in 2014, exceeding the target of 400,000 and TCA Abu Dhabi said at the time they expected Abu Dhabi tourism to keep expanding in 2015.
Visitor numbers increase
The TCA Abu Dhabi’s prediction has been validated by its latest figures. Conference and Incentive Travel Magazine reported that these statistics indicate that there were 1.98 million guest arrivals in Abu Dhabi in the first half of 2015; a rise of 17% from the corresponding period in the first six months of 2014.
This means that tourists generated 5,728,765 guest nights in Abu Dhabi’s 163 hotels and hotel apartments in the first half of 2015. This is a rise of 11% from the first half of the year before. Deeper analysis revealed that there was a 2% jump in the number of guests staying in Abu Dhabi Hotels in June 2015 alone, when compared to June 2014.
The acting general director of TCA Abu Dhabi, Jasem Al Darmaki, commented on what these figures indicate how Abu Dhabi tourism may continue to expand throughout the rest of 2015. Al Darmaki said: “We set ourselves a challenging guest arrivals target of 3.9 million hotel guests for this year, which we are very confident of achieving, especially given that our highly impressive half-year figures show double digit growth.”
Global tourism centre
TCA Abu Dhabi’s goal is ambitious, but the release of these figures show that it’s achievable. Abu Dhabi is a growing centre of global tourism, and as international travellers become more familiar with what it has to offer, they are likely to travel out to Emirati capital in increasing numbers.
James Swallow is Commercial Director of Middle East based PRO Partner Group. Pro Partner Group specialises in providing foreign investors with a seamless and financially efficient means to setting up a profitable corporate presence in the UAE, Qatar and Oman.