• Tourism

    Tourism is a fast-growing sector in many emerging markets. OBG analyses the latest statistics on visitors and spending, highlighting investment opportunities. Our research covers hotel developments, government incentives, demand for leisure facilities and the MICE segment.
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Building on deepening trade ties and China’s position as the world’s most lucrative outbound tourist market, Abu Dhabi has made a series of strategic decisions to attract Chinese visitors. A combination of strategic partnerships, promotional activities and changes to visa legislation have seen successive years of strong growth, culminating in the...

The last 10 years have seen Abu Dhabi’s visitor appeal grow rapidly thanks to the government’s prioritisation of tourism and culture as part of the emirate’s long-term strategy for economic diversification. With an array of high-end accommodation already in place and Louvre Abu Dhabi shining as the emirate’s latest addition to a growing number of...

Abu Dhabi’s government bodies in charge of tourism and health have teamed up to actively promote the emirate’s medical tourism sector. In October 2018 the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Medical Tourism Association, an industry leading global non-profit, to help position the...

The increasing popularity of the Middle East as a destination for major international cruise companies in recent years has driven a substantial rise in investments in the segment’s infrastructure in Abu Dhabi, resulting in high growth in the number of ships and passengers calling at the emirate. With a season that runs from October to May, Abu Dhabi...

How are Abu Dhabi’s partnerships with international institutions such as the Louvre acting as catalysts for broader cultural investment?