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Abu Dhabi set for a record number of UK visitors

AbuDhabi1The number of UK arrivals to Abu Dhabi for the first ten months of 2017 hit 3.9 million, putting the emirate on track to surpass the yearly record set last year.

According to the latest figures from Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, the emirate welcomed 418,883 visitors in October, an 18% rise on the same month in 2016.

Last year saw Abu Dhabi welcome a record 4.4 million visitors, and the fourth quarter tends to be the busiest period for the emirate in terms of tourism, as many travellers opt for a winter break.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General for the city’s tourism department, said: “Our sustained efforts in improving the worldwide appeal of Abu Dhabi to tourists for both business and leisure is continuing to reap rewards, with the latest figures for guest arrivals supporting our endeavours.”

October also saw considerable growth in visitor numbers from both China and the USA, while India continues to be the city’s main source of international tourism.

Travellers can enjoy a number of extreme sports, including skydiving, or relax in one of the city’s numerous five star restaurants, while it now also boasts a calendar full of sporting occasions.

“Our unique blend of culture, heritage and diverse natural landscapes combined with dynamic family entertainment and business opportunities are proving highly enticing for international visitors and we will continue to capitalise on our growth throughout Q4,” added Mr Ghobash.

Hotels have one again performed strongly, with the three regions – Abu Dhabi City, Al Ain and Al Dhafra – all showing a strong increase in the number of guest arrivals when compared with the corresponding months in 2016.

Efforts continue to enhance Abu Dhabi’s leisure and entertainment offering, with shopping malls, outdoor activities, landmarks and cultural tours all popular.

If you’re thinking of travelling overseas next year, make sure you organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 09 December 2017

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