To celebrate Abta’s first Travel Convention in the Middle East, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has teamed up with Etihad Airways and Viceroy Hotel Group to give away an amazing prize.

Industry leaders are preparing to head to Abu Dhabi next month as Abta’s Travel Convention takes place in the Middle East for the first time. The flagship event of the UK travel industry will be held on Yas Island from October 10-12, with the iconic five-star Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi providing delegate accommodation and the venue for the business sessions. Delegates will also get to experience Etihad Airways’ award-winning service as they fly to and from the UK from Heathrow, Manchester or Edinburgh.

Sultan Al Dhaheri, acting executive director of tourism sector for Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming delegates of Abta’s annual Travel Convention to Abu Dhabi. Hosting the 2016 convention is testament to the great efforts Abu Dhabi has taken to establish itself as a world-leading and progressive hub for tourism, sport and culture. Welcoming the leaders of the UK travel industry is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our diverse and hospitable home.”

If you’re not fortunate enough to be heading to Abu Dhabi for the Travel Convention, you still have a chance to check out one of the world’s up-and-coming destinations. To celebrate hosting the event, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority has teamed up with Etihad Airways and Viceroy Hotel Group to give away an amazing three-night break for two to one lucky travel agent reader.

The prize, which is open to frontline travel agents, includes flights with Etihad Airways departing from London, Manchester or Edinburgh with the return in business class, three nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi and two Yas Park passes, granting entry to both Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld. The prize must be booked before November 1 and taken before March 31, 2017, and the deadline for entries is the final day of the Travel Convention, October 13.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email the answer to the following question to, including: your name, agency name and contact phone number and including Abu Dhabi Competition in the subject line.

Q: Which world-class sporting event will be taking place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi this November?

About the partners

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Just a seven-hour flight from the UK, Abu Dhabi offers guaranteed sunshine and no shortage of attractions. Beach lovers will find 9km of pristine white sand on Saadiyat Island. Shoppers can explore the city’s souks and malls. Golfers can tee off at three championship golf courses, and there’s fun for all ages at the theme parks of Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. For history and culture, Abu Dhabi answers with the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – free to enter and second in TripAdvisor’s list of the world’s top 25 landmarks – and the heritage heartland of Al Ain. Desert dreamers can explore the dunes of the Rub Al Khali, the largest expanse of sand in the world. Adventure seekers can try everything from kayaking to camel trekking. And all can enjoy Abu Dhabi’s packed calendar of world-class events, which peaks each November with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Etihad Airways

Winner of the World’s Leading Airline for seven consecutive years at the World Travel Awards and this year’s Globe Travel Award winner for innovation for The Residence cabin on its new A380 aircraft, Etihad operates its award-winning service 40 times a week across three UK airports to Abu Dhabi, from where guests can also connect onwards to over 100 destinations. Etihad operates three daily departures from Heathrow with its A380, twice daily from Manchester and daily from Edinburgh. In economy, the winner and companion will have a chance to experience Etihad’s onboard café, hundreds of hours of entertainment including seven live TV channels and mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity. Coming back, they will enjoy all the facilities of a boutique hotel in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, including a Six Senses Spa, before heading to their business-class cabin where they will experience luxurious seats with in-seat massage facility, fully-flat beds, Dine Anytime menus with guidance from a dedicated F&B Manager and exclusive amenity kits.

Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi

Viceroy Hotels and Resorts deliver one-of-a-kind lifestyle experiences that bring together provocative design and intuitive service in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. As Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s premier hotel, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi sets the standard for exceptional service throughout its 499 rooms and suites, 11 dining and lounge venues, and the luxurious ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. The interiors of this Abu Dhabi resort embody a contemporary fusion of elegance and momentum, while the exterior boasts an incredible LED canopy that not only emits a concert of colour and shade but also embraces the exhilarating Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit.For food lovers, dining in the most exciting hotel in the world has to be nothing short of spectacular, while ESPA at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi offers classic healing traditions blended with modern techniques.