The target also calls for the emirate to have 25,000 hotel rooms by 2012, 4,000 more than originally forecast, and 13,000 more than are currently available.

“The plane is closely aligned to and totally reflects the Abu Dhabi government’s intention of maintaining and enhancing its confident and secure society in an open, global and sustainable economy, and one which is diversified away from hydrocarbons dependency,” says Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun al-Nahyan, ADTA chairman.

Established in 2004, ADTA is the statutory body responsible for the promotion and development of Abu Dhabi’s tourism industrial.