DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Voters at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony have recognised Dubai as the Middle East’s Leading Destination during a glittering red-carpet ceremony at The St Regis Dubai.
At the same time, the emirate took the title of Middle East’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination while the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing was recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board.
Abu Dhabi flag-carrier Etihad Airways was awarded the title of Middle East’s Leading Airline for an unprecedented tenth consecutive year during the event.
Hundreds of hospitality leaders from across the region were in attendance at the ceremony, which saw Al Faisaliah Hotel, Riyadh, walking away with the trophy for Middle East’s Leading Business & Conference Hotel.
Other winners included Rotana Hotels, presented with the title of Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand, and Rosewood Jeddah, which won the award for Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel.
In a special award, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, Chariman, Al Habtoor Group was presented with the title of Middle East’s Leading Travel Personality, with the trophy collected by his grandson Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, Al Habtoor Group.
World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “World Travel Awards has long had a close relationship with Dubai and it was an honour to return here this evening.
“We have recognised some the leading lights of Middle Eastern tourism tonight and I wish to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of our winners.
“The St. Regis Dubai, part of the new Al Habtoor City development, proved a wonderful host for the Gala Ceremony and I am sure the destination will grow into an icon in the Middle East in its own right.”
The ceremony, part of the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2016, was hosted by emirati celebrity Shereen Mitwalli.
Winners from the event will go forward to complete in the World Travel Awards Grand Final, this year taking place at the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Maldives on December 2nd.
Also among the winners was Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, taking the title of Middle East’s Leading Resort, while Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach was presented with the trophy for Middle East’s Leading Luxury Resort.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.