According to a recent report by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, it saw a 208 percent jump in visitors from China over the first three months of this year. The total number of Chinese visitors reached 32,259 translating into total of 50,253 guest nights.
While Dubai has long dominated the UAE in terms of the number of Chinese tourist arrivals, Abu Dhabi’s tourism authority and businesses have made a concerted effort to catch up. For Chinese New Year, its central business district had a massive celebration complete with live musical performances, art exhibitions, traditional crafts, food, and fireworks. Meanwhile, retailers and hoteliers have also been offering special services such as Mandarin-speaking staff or traditional Chinese gifts for special holidays.