Record numbers of UK visitors are heading to Abu Dhabi for a slice of the Emirate’s new lifestyle, according to new tourist authority figures. The UK held the top spot of all nationalities heading to the UAE, with numbers increasing by 50 per cent to nearly 90,000 guests in the first nine months of this year. Figures from the government body Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) show that overnight stays have climbed to more than 3.5 million from just over one million since early last year. “Growth in September alone was the strongest recorded since March 2009. This success was influenced strongly by year-on-year variations in the timing of EID holidays,” says Lawrence Franklin, strategy and policy director of ADTA. Meanwhile, the number of hotel guests staying in the Emirate rose by 16 percent, compared to the same period last year, while there was also a 14 percent increase in the number of guest nights.