Abu Dhabi promotes its western region

Abu Dhabi’s effort to develop its tourism sector is gathering pace with the October opening of Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna.

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By  David Ingham Published  September 1, 2004

Abu Dhabi’s National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels (NCT&H) hopes that the October opening of Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna will give a boost to tourism in the emirate. Located 240 km west of the capital city, the hotel will be promoting fish, dive and drive safaris as well as tours of the Sir Bani Yas wildlife reserve island, located nine kilometres off the coast. “At the resort, we offer all the typical deluxe hotel amenities such as a pristine beach, pool and sports facilities, landscaped gardens, a variety of restaurants and a health and fitness club,” says Manoj Kanwal, general manager of the hotel. “However, visitors can also benefit from our location, well away from the urban development farther up the coast.” In addition to the 109 room Danat Resort, a new boutique hotel is underway at Al Raha and several hotels are under construction in the capital. NCT&H is clearly pinning big hopes, however, on the undiscovered beaches and desert interiors of Abu Dhabi’s western region. The hotel has confirmed bookings from German, Swiss and Austrian tour operators for the forthcoming winter season. “A beach is vital for all resorts, but at Danat Resort Jebel Dhanna, we will offer that bit more — a unique opportunity to visit Sir Bani Yas, deserted desert dunes on the doorstep, as well as instant access to unpolluted Gulf waters for scuba and fishing trips,” says Kanwal. The hotel will also offer catering for up to 1,000 guests and a par 36, nine hole sand golf course and driving range.

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