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Abu Dhabi toTake Part in Berlin Tourism Show
By Jamal Al Majaida

ABU DHABI —The emirate of Abu Dhabi will take part in the International Tourism Exchange to be held in Berlin during 11-15 March.

A high level delegation, led by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), will represent the emirate

at the exhibition, which will convene at Messe Berlin, the city's main trade show venue. The fair features an extensive gathering of exhibitors from the travel and tourism industry and attracts nearly 125,000 visitors every year.

"The ADTA intends to conclude several agreements with tourism and travel authorities in various countries of the world," Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, director general of ADTA, told WAM on March 8.

He said his agency had drawn up an intensive action plan to make utmost use of participation in such an international gathering.

"We are definitely going to promote Abu Dhabi emirate and its extensive tourist potentialities among world tourism decision makers as people around the globe are in continuous quest of new tourism destinations," maintained Al Muhairi. He said, while in Berlin the ADTA delegation would hold talks with tourism officials of Germany, Britain and other countries to reach cooperation agreements with them.

The Berlin gathering is one of the industry's leading events, and includes displays from international, national and regional tourism organisations, tour operators, travel agencies, carriers, hotels, insurance companies, communication and information systems providers and publishing companies.

Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in the world. It is the center of government and business life in the UAE, headquarters of the emirates oil operating companies and embassies are based here. The architecture of its modern buildings and sky scrapers is the finest in the Middle East. Abu Dhabi's oil wealth has been wisely utilized to encourage a healthy trade and commerce atmosphere apart from oil industries too.

The promotion of tourism and various tourism related projects will elevate Abu Dhabi to a Singaporean status in the region. Large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, state-of-the-art communication services and transport, the presence of all the international luxury hotel chains, rich shopping malls, cultural centers and events provide tourists a one-of-a-kind experience all the year round.

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven Emirates and the Federal capital of the UAE. It occupies an area of 26,000 square miles. Its long coastline - the shallow waters of the Southern Gulf, extending from the base of the Qatar Peninsula in the west to the border of the emirate of Dubai on the north east, was once the worlds best waters for pearling.

When the pearling industry declined, oil discovery in the offshore oilfields of the Southern Gulf revived the economy of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi was also the first emirate to export oil from the Umm Shaif offshore field in 1962.

On the land, it stretches south to the oases of Liwa where some of the worlds largest sand dunes can be found , and east to the ancient oasis of Al Ain. This makes Abu Dhabi the largest as well as the most populated of all the emirates. Today over 120 million trees have been planted in the emirate of Abu Dhabi alone.






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