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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Nemonic Concepts Showcases Abu Dhabi The Gulf's 'Golden Child'

Adrenalin-fuelled sports juxtaposed with traditional Bedouin desert treks are just some of the exclusive outdoor experiences guests will enjoy in Nemonic Concepts' exclusive Abu Dhabi conference and incentive programmes, with each tailored in conjunction with Travco Travel, the Arabian Gulf's premier destination management company.

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One of the most desirable places to host an incentive or conference, Abu Dhabi is characterised by its impressive white-fringed coastline, soaring skyline, world-class sporting events and elegant cultural attractions. Nestled on a T-shaped island amid an archipelago of desert  islands in the Persian Gulf, the city is equally surrounded by never-ending natural beauty; from the undulating sand dunes of the Rub al Khali (Empty Quarter) and the palm-fringed wadis of Al Ain to the ancient trails and 16th century forts that once welcomed long-ago desert traders.

            "Abu Dhabi is one of the few places in the Gulf where guests can embrace classic Bedouin hospitality, albeit with untold luxuries and a sleek infrastructure," says Sue Wallace, Senior Partner, Nemonic Concepts. From enjoying a bird's eye view of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the futuristic Yas Hotel to watching desert traders wearing traditional dishdashas bartering for the highly-prized ‘Misk', ‘Dhabian' and ‘Shtoota' camels at the livestock markets.

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Travco guests can begin their Abu Dhabi experience at Al Ain oasis, the birthplace of the first president of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Nahyan. Known as the 'Garden City', the area boasts a spectacular 900 hectare zoo at the foothill of Jebel Hafeet, one of Abu Dhabi's lofty mountains that Untitledborders the Sultanate of Oman. Home to over 4,000 exotic and endangered animals, the zoo is also a perfect place to host an exclusive event or banquet.

For adrenalin junkies, Abu Dhabi's desert playground offers the world's greatest driving roads including the challenging trek to Jebel Hafeet's scenic summit. In addition to enjoying the bumps and thrills of off-road driving, guests can view several 5,000 year old burial tombs which have been unearthed around the mountain's foothills.

Intrepid groups can likewise blaze the vast golden sand dunes of Rub al Khali, where they can live out their Lawrence of Arabia fantasies and follow the long-ago footsteps of ancient traders and explorers including Wildred Thesiger, who chronicled the lives of the Bedouin tribesmen. Also close by are the lush oases and wadis of Liwa, where the camel population outnumbers the local residents.

A lovely interlude is found at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara. One of the new luxury resorts constructed in Abu Dhabi, guests not only enjoy indulgent spa treatments but also organised sunrise or sunset camel treks,  dune drives and gastronomic banquets hosted beneath a blanket UntitledArabian stars. And to further complement the 'Bedouin' experience is a weekend at Abu Dhabi's camel races and a visit to the camel markets.

Adding further weight to the cultural encounters are the endless attractions that links Abu Dhabi's rich heritage with its future including the Abu Dhabi Library and Cultural Centre and the Al Ain National Museum.

Also scheduled to open their doors in 2015 in the Saadiyat Cultural District is the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre, the Norman Foster-designed Zayed National Museum in 2016 and the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in 2017. Along with the plans to feature priceless Middle Eastern contemporary art, the Guggenheim will host a series of special exhibits from the Guggenheim Foundation's extensive collection. Each museum will be linked to a 168,000 square metre luxury shopping mall.

Travco can arrange the best seats at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel looking straight down at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix, secure a private box at the next scheduled WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival, stage an exclusive function at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Club, organise a special charter in the Gulf or host a group cruise on a traditional abra boat and meander through the city's waterways like an ancient mariner.

Other Abu Dhabi experiences can include shopping for exotic fabrics, pottery, perfume and jewellery at one of the local souks, learning about Abu Dhabi's early history at the impressive Abu Dhabi Heritage Village - a reconstructed Bedouin encampment which overlooks the Corniche, perfecting the art of falconry or simply embracing the world of Formula 1 racing at Ferrari World, the perfect place to host an exclusive event.

Each customised programme features a wide choice of deluxe and luxury accommodations including Fairmont Abu Dhabi, Shangri La Abu Dhabi or Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel all airport, hotel and venue transfers, customised activities, exclusive venues, special theme dinners, outdoor adventures and elegant entertainment experiences.
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