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Abu Dhabi launches exclusive Volvo Ocean Race hospitality packages

The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau – a dedicated division of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) - has launched an exclusive range of hospitality packages for the UAE capital’s highly anticipated Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Stopover running 12 December 2014 to 3 January 2015.

With prices starting from £98, VIP corporate guests will experience world-class hospitality, Arabian style, through the luxury race week packages, which include front-row access to yachts, behind-the-scenes boatyard tours, exclusive crew meet-and-greets, raceday expert analysis and post-race team appearances. Persuading international visitors to choose Abu Dhabi as their year-end winter holiday and encouraging MICE and business travellers to attend are key priorities for the Abu Dhabi Stopover organisers. Abu Dhabi is gearing up to host the race with a festival of watersports, marine heritage promotions and world-class entertainment. Over 200,000 local and international visitors are expected to visit over the Christmas and New Year period. “Our emirate’s ambient winter climate, when temperatures average around 21 to 26 degrees celsius, over 400 kilometres of coastline, blue-flag beaches, state-of-the-art marinas, beautiful natural islands and warm, clean waters make Abu Dhabi a compelling watersports destination,” said Mubarak Al Shamisi, Director, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau. “Our race week hospitality packages have been designed specifically with corporate travellers and MICE organisers in mind and give them a great alternative to year-end and New Year programmes.” At approximately a seven-hour direct flight from the UK, Abu Dhabi has developed a range of assets and business tourism offerings for MICE organisers, including the value-packed Advantage Abu Dhabi initiative. Available year-round, the initiative aims to help deliver groups a stand-out business event, exhibition and incentive experience in the Abu Dhabi emirate by wrapping-in benefits such as VIP tours of Yas Marina Circuit, cultural education sessions, desert safaris and dune dinners, together with pre-event marketing support and free, impartial bureau advice.

Abu Dhabi’s VOR hospitality packages are: Package one
Al Mina - $233/£139 per day with alcohol
US $164/£98 per day without alcohol
Pro-Am: Friday 2 January 2015
Race restart – Saturday 3 January 2015
12:00 – 17:00pm
·         VIP access & parking pass
·         Skyline Lounge champagne / soft drinks and canapés reception
·         Full lunch service with open bar
·         Live on-screen coverage of all race activities and insider race analysis by sailing expert
·         Official event programme
·         Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team member meet & greet
·         Great raffle prizes with exclusive signed merchandising to be won
·         Souvenir photograph  

Package two
Al Bahr - $342/£204 per day with alcohol
US $274/£164 per day without alcohol
Pro-Am – Friday 2 January 2015
Race restart – Saturday 3 January 2015
12:00 – 17:00pm
·         VIP access & parking pass
·         Skyline Lounge champagne / soft drinks and canapés reception
·         Full lunch service with open bar
·         Live on-screen coverage of all race activities and insider race analysis by sailing expert
·         45-minute on-water race viewing in shared speedboat
·         Official event programme
·         Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team member meet & greet
·         Great raffle prizes with exclusive signed merchandising to be won
·         Souvenir photograph  

Package three Al Boom- $644/£383 per day with alcohol
US $575/£344 per day without alcohol
Pro-Am – Friday 2 January 2015
Race restart – Saturday 3 January 2015
12:00 – 17:00pm
·         VIP access & parking pass
·         Skyline Lounge champagne / soft drinks and canapés reception
·         VIP access to dedicated Skyline VIP spectator luxury yacht from 1pm
·         Full lunch service with open bar
·         Behind-the-scenes Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing shorebase tour
·         Live coverage of all race activities including insider race analysis
·         Post-race Q&A session with photo and autograph opportunity with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew members
·         Official merchandise pack including event programme
·         Great raffle prizes with exclusive signed merchandising to be won
·         Souvenir photograph

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