Skyscanner ranks UAE capital second after Florence in Italy for offering arts and culture-filled holidays. Abu Dhabi has been named as one of the most cultural cities in the world in a list compiled by Skyscanner, the travel fare website.
The UAE capital made the exclusive list after the Chinese-owned website identified its top five destinations for expanding any travellers’ horizons with an arts and culture-filled holiday.
Ranked second, the UAE capital was only beaten by Florence in Italy, and was singled out for being one of the Middle East’s most exciting cultural centres, featuring the National Theatre and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
The website also highlighted the addition to the emirate of Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, with the museum having been designed by Pritzker-winning French architect Jean Nouvel – an additional draw for the UAE capital as a cultural destination.
The fascinating growth of interest in electronica music in Abu Dhabi was also highlighted by Skyscanner, adding a modern element to the cultural appeal of the emirate.
“For Abu Dhabi to have been named as one of the most cultural cities in the world reflects positively on the work the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has done to position the emirate at the very forefront of people’s minds when they consider their next great cultural adventure,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
“This recognition also reinforces our resolve to continue to strive for excellence in our efforts to promote our emirate as a destination like no other. Year-on-year we are seeing record numbers come to visit the UAE capital, coming to experience everything from Qasr Al Hosn, to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the heritage sites in Al Ain. Making it onto this shortlist from such a reputable website shows that our ceaseless efforts are having the desired effect.”
As well as Florence and Abu Dhabi, the list from Skyscanner also included Mexico City, Austin in Texas, US, and Kyoto in Japan.