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NEW DE­VEL­OP­MENTS AREN’T THE ONLY thing on the rise in Abu Dhabi – it’s also just been named the fastest-grow­ing des­ti­na­tion city in the Middle East and Africa, ac­cord­ing to the 2017 Mastercard Global Des­ti­na­tion Cities In­dex – rank­ing fourth glob­ally, and up 18.9% on 2016’s vis­i­tor fig­ures. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Department of Cul­ture and Tourism said: “Last year was a record break­ing year for the Emi­rate of Abu Dhabi, wel­com­ing 4.4 mil­lion vis­i­tors. Our year-on-year growth rate has been strong and by the end of 2017 we are look­ing to reach our tar­get of over 4.9 mil­lion vis­i­tors to the Emi­rate.” The num­bers are hardly sur­pris­ing, when you con­sider the cur­rent boon in de­sir­able draw­cards for vis­i­tors to the UAE cap­i­tal. The re­cent an­nounce­ment of the Lou­vre Abu Dhabi – touted as one of the most am­bi­tious cul­tural projects in the world, and set to wel­come vis­i­tors to a vast me­d­ina play­ing host to arte­facts and art­works span­ning the spec­trum of hu­man life on earth – is just one bright star. The 2017 F1 Eti­had Air­ways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Fri­day 24 – Sun­day 26 Novem­ber) is set to wel­come hordes of For­mula 1 fans to its spec­tac­u­lar track set­ting on Yas Is­land, renowned for its in­no­va­tive, anti-clock­wise cir­cuit and state-of-the-art grand­stands and fa­cil­i­ties on the wa­ter­front set­ting. Food­ies will mean­while be lick­ing their lips in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a must-do visit to La Pe­tite Mai­son’s new venue in The Gal­le­ria on Al Maryah Is­land. The French-in­spired in­door space will seat 80 guests, while a fur­ther 60 din­ers can savour spec­tac­u­lar sky­line views along with their French-Mediter­ranean-via-Lig­urian-Italyin­spired dishes on the out­door ter­race.

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