ABU DHABI // A newly formed tourism authority will replace the emirate's two main tourism and culture agencies, while maintaining the staff and assets of both.
The Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism and Culture is to preserve, protect and manage the cultural heritage of the emirate, along with promoting tourism development.
The new body will replace the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach).
The merger, ordered by the President, Sheikh Khalifa, will see the new authority regulate the tourism sector and develop policies overseeing hotels, exhibitions, and other tourism facilities. The authority will also organise conferences and festivals.
The Authority for Tourism and Culture will also plan and implement programmes for archaeological explorations and the establishment and development of museums.
A board of directors with at least five members will oversee the authority's management, and members were appointed by decision from the chairman of Abu Dhabi's Executive Council.
The board of directors will be chaired by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, and will also have Dr Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Mohamed Khalaf Al Mazroui, Jassim Mohammed Al Darmaki and Brigadier General Omeir Muhammad Muhairi as members.