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Abu Dhabi, the new Middle East

Abu Dhabi, the new Middle East
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It’s four years since Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE began looking at tourism as an important sector, and since then the Department of Culture and...

It’s four years since Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE began looking at tourism as an important sector, and since then the Department of Culture and Tourism has been focusing on heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and developing museums; the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi designed on the lines of the Paris Museum has a unique roof – a dome in steel and aluminum with intricate lattice work that throws in the light and shadow as a canopy suggesting the shade of a tree. Built on the Saadiyat Island, it looks beautifully bright in Sun and will be a host cultural events in addition to having within its walls, museums and art galleries. This architectural marvel opened its door to the public last week.

Announcing the same in Hyderabad, Bejan Dinshaw, Country Manager and Spokesperson for Department of Culture and Tourism said that Abu Dhabi, the largest of the Emirates has so much to offer that it is time tourists looked at it for extended stay. “It is divided into three main regions; the main city, Al Dhafra on the West, and Al Ain toward the East – the green original oasis where everything started. Al Ain has the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has over 147,000 date palms on 1200 hectares fed by centuries old irrigation system still working well. Abu Dhabi offers history, heritage and modern avenues for entertainment like the F1 track, the clear desert, Al Dhafra that offers spectacular desert safari, and is home to a remarkable resort Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. On one of the islands is a wildlife reserve too.”

With 282 flights per week from 13 Indian destinations, Abu Dhabi is well connected to India, and the upcoming cruise (Celebrity Cruises) from India to this fast-growing tourism destination is adding to the fun. “In India, we continue to be a reactive market. If we book the cruises comfortably ahead in time, we can enjoy better prices. Abu Dhabi offers what we call affordable luxury, and is also a tax-free shopping destination. While the season is between October – February; thanks to air-conditioning everywhere, one can look at Abu Dhabi as an all- year-round destination,” Bejan Dinshaw adds.

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