UAE: New resort opens on Sir Bani Yas Island
A new resort on the eastern shores of Sir Bani Yas Island will soon become Abu Dhabi's first nature-based tourism destination.
Located around eight kilometres from Abu Dhabi's western coastline, the Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas will open its latest Abu Dhabi resort, Al Yamm Villa — meaning the sea — on Monday.
"This concept was always one of its kind in the Arabian Gulf due to its geographic location and rich history. With the latest resort addition, the island is now becoming a destination within a destination,” said Steven Phillips, general manager of Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara and Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort.
Developed by the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Al Yamm was inspired by the Arish — meaning palm leaf architecture — homes of the early fishermen and pearl divers who lived seasonally on the island. These dwellings are capable of reducing the temperature inside. The interiors have been carefully designed and provided with air-conditioning and overhead fans to beat the heat during summer.
The resort consists of 30 villas, 16 of which are located on the beach overlooking the Arabian Sea and 14 overlooking a lagoon rich with mangroves.
"We anticipate that this villa resort concept will bring a new dimension to Sir Bani Yas Island, attracting a greater number of visitors and supporting Abu Dhabi's goal as a leading tourism and cultural destination,” said Ahmad Al Fahim, executive director of marketing, communications, sales and leasing at TDIC.
All guests can enjoy special rides through the Wildlife Park, which contains more than 10,000 animals, including the Arabian Oryx, sand gazelle, Arabian mountain gazelle as well as cheetahs and hyenas. The 4,200 hectare park is surrounded by a 32 kilometre fence.
The resort will offer many activities such as mountain biking, horse riding, deep sea fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
"Guests can expect to experience something entirely different to their standard vacation. The resort is designed in a very traditional way for travellers who seek seclusion and want to escape urban life,” said Sonja Greenshields, villa manager.
Prices of units vary from Dh1,850 for a one-bedroom villa to Dh3,700 for a two-bedroom villa per day. Priced from Dh400, flights to Sir Bani Yas Island are three times per week.
The 30-minute flights take off from Al Bateen Executive Airport in the capital and lands at Sir Bani Yas Airport.
The resort mainly targets couples. No children under the age of 12 years are allowed. – Gulf News
UAE's TDIC receives award at the Adam Smith awards ceremony 2013 in London
Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, has been recognised for best practice and innovation in the corporate treasury arena at this year's Adam Smith Awards 2013, the largest corporate treasury awards programme globally.
TDIC was announced as one of the top three highly commended companies in the One to Watch' category at this year's Adam Smith Awards Lunch which took place in the City of London on June 20, 2013. The award was received by Harish C S Pai, Manager - Treasury Operations on behalf of TDIC Treasury Department.
The award recognises the treasury department at TDIC for creating the first-of-its-kind innovative paperless payment approval system in the UAE, using the organisation's internal electronic platform, TDIC said in an emailed press release.
This system was created in 2012 in partnership with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) to streamline the process of submitting remittance instruction payments between the two organisations.
"Prior to creating this system, whenever we needed to collect signatures, the process would not only generate unnecessary duplication as the documents travel between different departments, but was time consuming when a signatory was unavailable. Nowadays, everything is done online automatically, which allows us to maximise our efficiency, with a good audit trail. As a result, the system has won considerable support," said Shaun O'Connor, Chief Financial Officer at TDIC.
Running in its sixth edition, this year's Adam Smith Awards had attracted over 200 nominations across industry sectors and from 25 countries. The awards are globally recognised as the ultimate benchmark for true treasury talent and a programme that looks for innovation, creativity, outstanding insight and real business impact across organisations.
The One to Watch' category looks at any solution which is in the pipeline or has been implemented as a direct result of macroeconomic events, or even a green solution.