Abu Dhabi posts record tourist results

The first six months of 2011, Abu Dhabi posted the best hotel results in the history of the country, with the number of visitors climbing 11% to just over one million. Authorities hope to break the two million visitor target for the first time this year.

The figures also suggested that people are staying 13% longer in the country than in 2010, with the average length of a stay just under three nights. According to the tourist board, average room rates have fallen by 15 percent compared to the same period in 2010, making Abu Dhabi a more affordable destination than upscale competitors such as Paris, New York or Tokyo.

That trend could also continue, with a glut of new hotels expected to open in the emirate before the year is out — a total of ten luxury five-star properties will open their doors in the coming months.

Major luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi include Westin, Anantara, Hyatt, Park Hyatt, St Regis, Rocco Forte Hotel, Ritz-Carlton and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.