By Andy Sambidge
Abudhabi needs to ramp up tourist attractions to fill up all these hotel rooms. Just counting on oil revenues will not work. There needs to be more to offer tourists. Even in 2010 Abudhabi does not have a real mall, unlike Dubai. Marina, Wahda and Abudhabi Mall are just second tier offerings.Morever Dubai attracts GCC and local residents to its hotels, while ABudhabi has a hard time even doing that!!!. Pace of developments and growth in all sectors is at a snail pace. Look at KhalifA,B- not a single shopping outlet for thousands of residents. UAE nationals lack enterprunership, they prefer to be coddled and pampered in do nothing Government jobs. The Abudhabi govt should put locals to work as Taxi drivers, tailors, receptionists etc, just as in Oman, Bahrain ..
I really do not get the hotels in this region and their policy to attract guests. Look around and it is rare that you would see a hotel that offers a nice package to entice customers to splurge and stay in hotels. Breakfast is usually not included in the room price, something that almost most hotels worldwide, even five stars, offer with the room rate. Here in the UAE, it is almost certain that you have to pay at least AED 100 per person for breakfast which is not fair no matter what they offer at breakfast. Some hotels go even further to charge more than AED 150 per person for breakfast. It is breakfast for godâ€™s sake, not a 5 course meal at a French restaurant. In addition, it is rare to see half board and full board offers. Competition is heating up in the market and hotels need to distinguish themselves and offer the best value for money.