Abu Dhabi travel chiefs aim to attract more Aussie tourists

Tourism leaders in Abu Dhabi are hopeful of attracting more Australian visitors to the emirate in the near future.

Nearly 35,000 Aussies stayed in the region last year and members of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority want to improve upon this figure.

Representatives of the group will embark on a roadshow around some of Australia's main cities in order to promote the destination.

From the tourism authority's point of view, things seem to moving in the right direction, as figures suggest there was a 24 per cent rise in the number of Aussies visiting Abu Dhabi in May 2012 compared to the same month in 2011.

Aussies should do their homework before heading to the Middle East if they want to receive the best exchange rates.

The strength of Australia's currency has been fluctuating recently and one dollar will currently get you in the region of 3.7 Emirati dirham.

If you want to ensure you are getting the most favourable rate, it is perhaps worth loading your cash on to a prepaid travel card.