Posted by Neil King
The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) is continuing to push the emirate's leisure tourism proposition ahead of the opening of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - the world's largest indoor theme park.
A delegation from the authority has visited Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to confirm that Abu Dhabi is on track to exceed its 2010 target of 1.65 million hotel guests - a ten per cent rise on last year.
"We're looking to do business with leisure operators and will incentivise them to create innovative packages which will encapsulate these headline events," said Dayne Lim, product development director at ADTA.
Abu Dhabi's leisure offering has been boosted this year by the opening of two 18-hole championship-ready golf courses.
The Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, on the signature Saadiyat Island, is the Arabian Gulf's only 'ocean' course, designed by Gary Player. Meanwhile, Yas Links on Yas Island was designed by Kyle Phillips and has eight holes running along the coastline.
Abu Dhabi also boasts strong air links with Saudi Arabia, with Etihad flying to Abu Dhabi International Airport daily from both Jeddah and Riyadh.