Abu Dhabi’s diversity of experiences, landscapes and deep-rooted heritage combine to create a compelling visitor experience, which has established the destination as a world-leader in state-of-the-art leisure, business and sporting facilities.
Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Vice President for UAE Commercial, said: “ABTA’s decision to choose Abu Dhabi for the 2016 Travel Convention is true recognition of the enormous efforts the Emirate has placed on developing Abu Dhabi into a progressive world class hub of tourism, culture and tolerance. Abu Dhabi’s population is diverse, forward-thinking, and above all welcoming.
"As the world-leading national airline of the UAE, Etihad Airways isdelighted to be able to welcome the movers and shakers of the UK's travel industry to our cosmopolitan home, and in doing so highlight and celebrate the great importance of the British tourism market to Etihad Airways and its partners.
“Etihad Airways currently operates its award-winning service 40 times a week across three UK airports to Abu Dhabi, from where guests can also connect onwards to flights to over 100 destinations. Etihad Airways flies three times daily from Heathrow, mainly with its Airbus A380, twice daily from Manchester and five times a week from Edinburgh. We assure our travel trade guests will have a fully memorable experience flying with us to Abu Dhabi later this year."
Yas Island is the UAE’s prime leisure and entertainment destination and is home to seven international hotels, from 3-5 stars; over 57 restaurants and cafes, and a range of sports and entertainment venues.
Major attractions include the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and neighboring water adventure park, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi.
Yas Island is famed for its Yas Marina Circuit where drivers can test out the same track as the pros; Yas Links Abu Dhabi – the championship golf course, and Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi’s largest mall.
Yas Island is located just seven minutes drive from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 45 minutes from Dubai.
Meaning 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic, Abu Dhabi was founded when a young antelope led a wandering tribe to fresh water, on an island with no more than 300 palm ('barasti') huts, a few coral buildings and the Ruler's fort. This simple island settlement has since been transformed into the modern, cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi and the high-rise capital of the United Arab Emirates.