The UAE city of Abu Dhabi is rapidly catching up with neighbouring Dubai, with a series of high-profile events coming up.

Visitors to the UAE are more and more likely to stay in Abu Dhabi hotels, the city’s tourist board has claimed as the destination catches up with nearby Dubai.

While Brits may be tempted to book flights to Dubai due to the city’s more aggressive tourism strategy, there are many reasons to see Abu Dhabi as a fast-rising competitor, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) said.

Lawrence Franklin, strategy and policy director at the ADTA, said: “Trip highlights include a visit to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world.”

He added that the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, which is due to take place in the city during January of next year, will coincide with “a stop-over like no other”.

Mr Franklin said that Abu Dhabi is planning on welcoming the international sailing race with headline concerts and in-port racing events.

Brits may also be tempted to book cheap flights to Abu Dhabi in November this year to catch the penultimate race in the Formula 1 championship.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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