Abu Dhabi, UAE Meeting Planning Overview
On the Arabian Peninsula, adjacent to the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates forming the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It comprises an archipelago of more than 200 islands, including Al Ain (an oasis city and UNESCO World Heritage Site). The dramatic shift, from a desert roamed by Bedouin tribes to a thriving metropolis fueled by oil revenue, continues to influence today's emirate, where traditional Arabian hospitality blends with ultra-modern amenities and technology.
The city has UAE's second largest airport - Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), which currently has more than 30 airlines, flying to over 120 destinations in all six inhabited continents. The airport is located 32 km away from the city center and is well-connected with public transport.
Of the conference venues in Abu Dhabi, the largest include Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC), with 12 dedicated exhibition halls and two conference halls benefit from world-class facilities, is the largest in the Middle East. There is a wide assortment of hotel venues in Abu Dhabi, including city hotels, desert resorts, luxury Bedouin camps, beach resorts, and more. The largest hotel is the 844-room Grand Millennium Al Wahda, with 9,000 square feet of meeting space. The 302-room Kempinski Emirates Palace pampers guests with decor and comforts enjoyed by Arabian royal families; it has more than 24,000 square feet of meeting space in its auditoriums. New hotels include the 382-room Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, with 30,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 283-room St. Regis Abu Dhabi, with nearly 17,000 square feet of meeting space.
Special event venues in Abu Dhabi are special, indeed; these include Yas Marina Circuit, Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi Country Club, and Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Nearby Al Ain attractions include Al Ain Palace Museum, the original residence of the late ruler Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan; and Hili Archaeological Gardens, with remnants of 4,000-year-old settlement.