Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is promoting its 2014/15 Christmas and New Year hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race at this year’s WTM.


The event, which will be held in the emirate’s purpose-built Destination Village at the Corniche, will feature races, concerts and a celebration of all things nautical.

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s self-proclaimed entertainment destination, is also promoting the latest expansion of its Yas Marina area, which includes new shops and food and beverage outlets.

It is also highlighting Yas Mall, which will reportedly be Abu Dhabi’s biggest shopping complex when it opens next year, with 450 shops and parking for up to 10,000 cars.

The island reports that it received more than three million visitors last year and is aiming to attract approximately four million visitors by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the City Seasons Group also used WTM to announce the international debut of its new five-star brand, the Royal Rose Hotel – a baroque-style property in Abu Dhabi and the first hotel in the brand’s portfolio.

In other hotel news, the five-star Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche says that it will introduce new room packages that highlight the hotel’s services and Abu Dhabi city’s offering. These include a cultural package, which features a visit to cultural sites such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and desert safaris, as well as golf stay-and-play packages.

The Sheraton Abu Dhabi is also promoting its new Club Lounge, which is to open next year.

Arabian Nights Village, which is a desert village in Abu Dhabi, was also launched at the event.

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