Tourism & Culture
From The Report: Abu Dhabi 2023
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Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry witnessed substantial growth in the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic. The economy was insulated by government policies and relief packages during the crisis, with effective measures implemented to control the virus’s spread. Today, Abu Dhabi’s tourism operators are experiencing a resurgence in international visitors, marking a strong recovery for the sector.

Tourism and cultural activities remain central to Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification efforts, with various investment initiatives aimed at expanding the emirate’s range of leisure and cultural attractions. These endeavours, coupled with the sector’s capacity for job creation, have been largely successful to date.

Continued growth in tourist arrivals is expected as Abu Dhabi’s cosmopolitan image, along with substantial public and private investment, positions the emirate to capitalise on the increasing international recognition of the region’s cultural and leisure offerings. Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a welcoming, safe and diverse destination with robust international connectivity bodes well for future expansion.

This chapter contains interviews with Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi; and Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, Group CEO, Miral.