The immense wealth that’s associated with Abu Dhabi wasn’t always prevalent, however, and as recently as the 1950s its struggling economy relied mainly on the pearl industry. With the discovery of oil in 1958, however, its wealth has soared and it’s now the richest emirate in a country that has one of the highest levels of GDP per capita in the world.
Since Abu Dhabi’s huge economic upturn in the last 60 years, there’s been a concentrated effort on increasing tourism. However, while its glitzy neighbour, Dubai, is all about partying and glamour, Abu Dhabi is more focused on culture, and with its palatial architecture sitting on the crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf, the sites are stunning.
The preservation of its enlightened history and culture is at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s tourism drive. As such, there’s a whole host of intriguing and unique activities that can be enjoyed. From taking a desert safari or relaxing on the golden sand beaches, to visiting the Saadiyat Cultural District and the beautifully made mosques, there’s so much on offer that takes the breath away.
The emirate is also filled with universities, galleries and museums including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which was constructed in agreement with France. Additionally, there’s a classical music season, running from October to May, in which internationally renowned conductors and musicians perform in a series of eclectic and coveted performances.
Another example of Abu Dhabi’s commitment to tourism is its Grand Prix and accompanying exceptional Formula 1 hospitality experience. The Yas Marina Circuit was constructed with no expenses spared, reportedly costing more than $1 billion, and as such, is arguably the most impressive circuit on the F1 tour. The course is the centrepiece of a modern development on Yas Island, which also includes luxury hotels, shopping centres, golf courses and three theme parks. Ultra-comfortable facilities and high-end Grand Prix hospitality suites take the viewing experience to a new level and the circuit is also one of only three twilight races on the F1 calendar, which provides an absolutely stunning sunset backdrop to the race.
We recently organised the trip of a lifetime for some valued clients who will be enjoying this year’s race from the all-new Deck at Nine luxury hospitality suite, over three days. The open-air VIP terrace gives panoramic vistas over the track presenting incredible views of the action. We’ve booked our guests to stay at the renowned Shangri-La hotel, a five-star, luxury oasis in the heart of the action and we’ve organised three business conferences for the group, as well as all executive transfers throughout the stay.
From its heritage, culture and beautiful scenery, to the luxury hotels, restaurants and experiences on offer, Abu Dhabi really is a destination that we recommend visiting. Easy access to Dubai is another draw and gives the opportunity to enjoy a livelier scene if desired. To book your own bespoke trip to this opulent emirate, or to sort out your 2023 Grand Prix package, please get in touch with us here. We’d love to hear from you and can take care of all elements of your experience, meaning you don’t need to think about a thing.