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Abu Dhabi hotels, airport on a roll

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The new Abu Dhabi airport terminal will be able to handle up to 45 million passengers.
The new Abu Dhabi airport terminal will be able to handle up to 45 million passengers.

ABU DHABI – An opening date for the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport is expected to be announced this year as work nears completion and details of the planned premium lounge emerge.

These 2019 results reflect the hard work and dedication that DCT Abu Dhabi, its tourism stakeholders and its partners have put into offering a ‘must-see, must-visit’ leisure and business destination to not only the international visitor but to domestic guests also,– Saood Al Hosani, acting undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi

The terminal was originally scheduled  to open  in 2017 but officials say final testing and commissioning is under way and once operational the facility “will revolutionise travel in Abu Dhabi”.

The airport handled 21 million passengers last year. The new terminal will be able to handle up to 45 million.

Figures collated by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi have revealed that the number of international visitors coming to the UAE capital in 2019 is estimated to have reached 11.35 million.

The final figures include official international hotel guests, plus estimates for overnight visitors from overseas staying with friends or relatives and an estimate for the number of same-day international visitors.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s official 2019 hotel figures also reveal that Abu Dhabi’s 168 hotels and hotel apartments posted the highest number of guests - to date (5.1 million), an increase of 2.1% over the previous year.

Average length of stay for 2019 was up slightly to 2.6 nights.

India, China, the UK and the USA remained the top four non-UAE source markets for hotel guests.

“These 2019 results reflect the hard work and dedication that DCT Abu Dhabi, its tourism stakeholders and its partners have put into offering a ‘must-see, must-visit’ leisure and business destination to not only the international visitor but to domestic guests also,” said Saood Al Hosani, acting undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi.

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