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The newly-opened futuristic Yas Hotel, which overlooks the Yas
Marina Circuit - the scene of last year’s inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand
Prix - is also attracting the attention of conference organisers.
The luxury hotel offers 1,700 square metres of conference and events
space, including an impressive 500 square metre ballroom and
spectacular rooftop pool deck. And with VIP services available such
as ‘Car Spa’ detailing service and valet, limousine rental, personal
concierge and a dedicated floral designer - the Yas Hotel allows
organisations to really put on a show-stopping event.
As well as investing heavily in venue development, Abu Dhabi’s
expanding airline network is opening up huge opportunity.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is now directly linked with 69
destinations, served by 32 airlines, with Etihad Airways, the national
airline of the UAE, consistently expanding capacity. Passenger traffic
at Abu Dhabi International Airport has grown significantly over
the past five years and the airport now handles over nine million
passengers a year.
“Over the past five years we have ridden a wave of economic prosperity
complemented by sound strategy which has substantially raised our
international profile,”
said Lawrence Franklin, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority’s strategy
& policy director.
There is no question that Abu Dhabi has firmly placed itself as a
landmark on the corporate world map. It’s all eyes on the middle
eastern capital as a seemingly endless amount of money is pumped
back into its economy at a time when the majority of the world is
going through a very deep slump.
However, Abu Dhabi is not the only destination to be fighting strong.
Other emerging destinations are also pouring money into the sector
in direct competition with Abu Dhabi for a share of the convention
“There is strong growth in the hosting of major global conventions in
destinations such as Cape Town, Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Seoul,”
Mr. Talwar said.
For tips on how to host a successful corporate event from Anne
Thornley-Brown, president and founder of Executive Oasis
International - a leading luxury corporate event planners - go to:
f e r rar i wo r l d
+971 (0) 2 444 6900
Emirates Palace
+971 2 6909000
Ferrari World
+971 2 5013 100
Yas Hotel
+971 2 656 0000