Abu Dhabi has been singled out as one of the most cultural cities in the world in a recent online list compiled by travel fare website Skyscanner.
Coming in at number two, only preceded by Florence in Italy, the UAE capital 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 the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017 as an additional draw for the UAE capital as a cultural destination.
“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.”
The online list singled out Florence for being “the birthplace of the Renaissance”, as well as highlighting Mexico City, Austin and Kyoto in its top five.