Abu Dhabi to launch new tourism drive with Airbnb

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and home-sharing platform Airbnb have teamed around promote the UAE capital’s offerings, said a written report.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s ‘Emirati Experiences’ initiative offers visitors an array of 20 different tours and experiences designed and led by Emirati nationals, providing firsthand insight into Emirati culture, history and heritage, said a written report in Wam.tailor-made experiences are echoed by Airbnb&rsquo

These;s own ‘Experiences’ – unique activities and excursions designed and led by local hosts – which Airbnb offers across 800 cities worldwide. This new joint initiative means all 20 Emirati Experiences will undoubtedly be included on Airbnb&rsquo now;s popular global platform for the very first time.

“Every year, an incredible number of tourists arrived at Abu Dhabi to see our history, traditions and heritage and there is absolutely no better method for people to go through the uniqueness of Abu Dhabi and its own districts, also to find out about our rich history than by hanging out having an Emirati tour guide, that is what Emirati Experiences offers,” the report cited Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, executive director, Tourism Sector, DCT Abu Dhabi, as saying.

“With this particular new initiative, the demand for these unique experiences should increase as more potential visitors face the beautiful things available in Abu Dhabi,” he said.


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Emirati Experiences offers 20 unique tours and excursions currently, like the Bait Al Oud Visitor Experience, the Emirati Ladies Experience, the Emirati House Experience, Capture the brief moment – a four-hour guided photography tour with professional photography tips and Desert Safari.

Also available will be the Zayed Tour – a journey around various historic and important locations in Al Ain city that highlights the extraordinary life of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Explore & Shop, Traditional Shopping in Abu Dhabi, the Sandals Handicraft Experience – a guided tour of the Al Dana shoe-making Factory, Top Traditional Food in Abu Dhabi, and much more, the report said.

“We have been delighted to be partnering with the DCT Abu Dhabi to greatly help grow the quantity of Experience hosts on the Airbnb platform,” said Hadi Moussa, Airbnb general manager for Middle Africa and East and head of EMEA Business Development. “Experiences on Airbnb enable passionate, local hosts to talk about the most effective of these destination with an incredible number of travellers from all over the world, whether it’s a geniune cooking class or perhaps a possiblity to enjoy an insider view of the populous city. Following success of ‘Experiences in Dubai’, this partnership shall attract new guests to see Abu Dhabi’ s famous hospitality and find out the most dynamic and fast-growing tourism destinations in the global world.”