The Business Year

Ali Al Hammadi

UAE, ABU DHABI - Tourism

Historic Developments

Managing Director, Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC)


Ali Al Hammadi is the Managing Director of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), as well as the Executive Director of Joint Business Operations at the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). He joined the TDIC in 2006, having previously worked as an Electrical Engineer for Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Abu Dhabi University.

How does the strategy of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) tie into Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030? TDIC supports Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 by creating destinations that […]

How does the strategy of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) tie into Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030?

TDIC supports Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 by creating destinations that ensure the long-term future of the Emirate at the cultural, residential, and hospitality levels, thereby underpinning Abu Dhabi’s evolution into a world-class destination. In addition, we are creating lifetime investment opportunities and offering high-end properties to the market that ensure the building of sustainable and diversified projects. It is crucial for all projects we develop—whether tourism-focused or upscale residential offerings—are delivered to the highest standards that meet the needs of a rapidly growing tourism and real estate industry.

How does TDIC partner with leading industry experts to help facilitate quality-driven projects?

Our relationship with our partners, more than a commercial agreement, is an extension of our common beliefs and goals of establishing high-end brand consciousness, while maintaining our environmental commitments. The association, through our luxury developments with some of the world’s leading hospitality and leisure brands, is showcasing TDIC’s high-quality projects as an appealing modern destination for investment, tourism, and chic living. Moreover, partnering with some of the world’s most renowned brands, such as St. Regis, Monte Carlo, Westin, Anantara, Cranleigh, and Troon Golf has added value in achieving our success.

How is TDIC contributing to Abu Dhabi’s economic and cultural advancement?

As a master developer of major tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi, TDIC is contributing to the Emirate’s economic and cultural progress by developing a wide range of cultural and touristic projects that embrace all aspects of Abu Dhabi’s heritage and culture, while preserving its natural beauty and resources, thus enriching people’s lives. For instance, we are developing world-class cultural projects in the Saadiyat Cultural District, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, Zayed National Museum, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum, which will be opened in 2015, 2016, and 2017, respectively.

What soon-to-be-completed, big-ticket projects are you most excited about?

Looking at 2013, we anticipate another highly successful year gearing up to deliver Phase II of the Saadiyat Beach Residences and Phase II of the Eastern Mangroves residences as part of TDIC’s residential portfolio. We’re also looking forward to starting the construction on Phase III of Saadiyat Beach Villas, already launched for sale. In addition, Redwood Nursery school, located on Saadiyat Beach and managed by Kids First Group, an internationally-recognized academic operator, is set to open later this year. Meanwhile, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi has kick-started its ground breaking works, and the school is expected to open in the third quarter of 2014. Moreover, New York University Abu Dhabi, developed by Mubadala, will open in 2014, making it the year where all the crucial education stages—from pre-school up to university level—will be catered to on Saadiyat. In addition, we’re aiming to achieve new construction milestones in 2014 and the following toward the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, set to open in the Saadiyat Cultural District in 2015. In January 2013, we awarded the construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi to an Arabtec-led joint venture with Constructora San Jose SA and Oger Abu Dhabi LLC following a competitive tendering process. As for Sir Bani Yas, the Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort is our latest addition to the island. Launched in July 2013, its 30 luxury villas offer views of the surrounding mangrove forests and intertidal lagoons with wading flamingos, while also providing guests with a completely private experience. Additionally, TDIC plans to open the Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort by the end of this year. Comprising 30 villas set in the middle of the Arabian Wildlife Park, the lodges will offer guests once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be close to its free-roaming wildlife.



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