HN spoke to Chris­tian Bau­dat, area vice pres­i­dent, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Oman for Rotana, who shared his in­sights on the busi­ness at­trac­tive­ness of the UAE cap­i­tal

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• When Rotana opened its first ho­tel in Abu Dhabi in 1993, the emi­rate was on the brink of an ex­cit­ing growth phase. The city had am­bi­tions to be­come a hub for a num­ber of growth in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing tourism, and in the years to fol­low, the wheels were set in mo­tion to trans­form Abu Dhabi into a des­ti­na­tion like no other. To­day, the emi­rate cov­ers a di­verse tourism of­fer­ing that is truly unique, span­ning the city, beach and desert.

• The Abu Dhabi govern­ment has made it clear that it is keen to see eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion for the fu­ture pros­per­ity of the emi­rate and is open­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet these goals. Tourism in­ter­sects with a num­ber of other com­mer­cial and eco­nomic sec­tors, from real es­tate and con­struc­tion to hos­pi­tal­ity and retail. By en­cour­ag­ing visi­tors to Abu Dhabi, we are at­tract­ing more busi­ness to the emi­rate, which has ul­ti­mately stim­u­lated com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial growth.

• Fol­low­ing the re­cent an­nounce­ment from the De­part­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism, an im­pres­sive 15 per­cent ho­tel guest in­crease in Fe­bru­ary this year to the cap­i­tal shows pos­i­tive and pro­gres­sive growth across all sec­tors.

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