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Abu Dhabi launches incentive scheme for tour guides

Abu Dhabi currently has 1,122 licensed tour guides, all of whom are eligible to be part of the Tour Guide Incentive Scheme scheme

The ‘Tour Guide Incentive Scheme’ aims to give guides and visitors more opportunities to discover the UAE’s capital’s attractions. Licensed tour guides in Abu Dhabi are being encouraged to explore the emirate’s culture and experiences through a new incentive scheme launched by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

The Tour Guide Incentive Scheme aims to create more opportunities for tourists to learn about Emirati heritage and features a range of offers, discounts and other value deals. The goal is to spark creativity among licensed tour guides, encouraging them to find out more about the destination while developing dynamic and engaging experiences across the emirate for future visitors.

Offers and incentives will be available at different types of attractions, including 25 participating hotels, which are offering discounts for tour guides on facilities including gyms, spas, pools and beaches, as well as F&B and room rates. 

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Also included in the scheme are preferential rates for museums and cultural institutions, and leisure attractions, such as the Yas Island theme parks, where guides will receive free entry when escorting groups, and discounted tickets when visiting in a personal capacity.

Speaking about the initiative, DCT Abu Dhabi executive director of Tourism and Marketing HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba said: “As Abu Dhabi starts to safely welcome international tourists again, we want to ensure that these visitors have amazing and unique experiences, and inspiring our tour guides is a vital part of this goal. This incentive scheme acts as a brilliant support initiative for our tourist guides, to help them promote the diverse range of offerings available in our emirate. We are excited about this initiative and hope that it inspires more Abu Dhabi residents to become official tour guides for our destination.”

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