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Abu Dhabi Merges Tourism And Cultural Arms

Abu Dhabi Merges Tourism And Cultural Arms

Tourism & culture firms merged; Audit of assets of both firms called

February 18, 2012 12:23 by

Abu Dhabi has merged two independent entities involved in tourism and culture into a single authority in a further reorganization of state-backed firms by the oil-rich emirate.

Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest emirate in the seven-member United Arab Emirates federation, has been conducting a strategic review measures of its government departments since 2011 to improve accountability in the public sector. It has also seen a shake-up of top management in strategic firms.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) were merged to form the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority under a law issued by the UAE president and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, according to a statement from the new firm.

Mubarak al Muhairi who was director-general of ADTA was named to the same position in the new entity.

Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is investing billions of dollars in tourism, industry and infrastructure to diversify its economy away from oil.   (Reporting By Stanley Carvalho; Editing by Amran Abocar)

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