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Abu Dhabi sees 11% rise in hotel guests

Emirate says on track to reach target of 2.3m guests in 2012; July stays down due to Ramadan

Abu Dhabi sees 11% rise in hotel guests

Abu Dhabi saw 1.37m visitors stay in the emirate’s hotels in
the first seven months of this year, according to the latest figures,
representing an 11 percent increase over the same period in 2011.

Data released by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture
Authority showed that the number of guest nights and room nights spent between
January and July rose by 7 percent and 6 percent year-on-year, respectively.

During July, hotel guests staying in the UAE capital dropped
6 percent year-on-year, mainly due to Ramadan, the tourism authority said.

"We remain on track as we enter our traditional busy
season,” said Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism &
Culture Authority.

“With a packed entertainment schedule of world-class events
and a host of new leisure attractions due to open across the emirate, including
the UAE's largest water park, Yas Waterworld, we are confident momentum will
rise and we'll reach our 2.3m hotel guest target," he added

Figures showed that visitors from the UK made up the bulk of
foreign visitors with 79,660 staying in the emirate during the first seven
months of the year (down 2 percent); followed by India with 76,272 (up 30
percent); and Germany at 54,506 (up 45 percent).

There are currently 128 hotels in Abu Dhabi with 22,800 rooms.

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