Dubai chosen as the Middle East’s leading destination by World Travel Awards

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The most prestigious travel industry recognition World Travel Awards (WTA), has declared Dubai, as the ‘Middle East’s Leading Destination’.

At the inaugural of Middle East Winners Day WTA unveiled various award titles with Oman securing two prestigious recognition for both Middle East’s Leading Cultural Destination and Leading Honeymoon Destination.

Ras Al Khaimah’s wealth of adrenaline offerings led the UAE emirate to the title of ‘Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’. In the hospitality sector, the beachside luxury retreat Jumeirah Al Naseem was entitled Middle East’s Leading Hotel while Atlantis, The Palm Dubai secured the Leading Resort award.

The leading five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace has achieved dual honors, ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Business & Conference Hotel’.

Park Hyatt Dubai in Dubai was titled ‘Middle East’s Leading Corporate Resort’ whereas Mandarin Oriental Jumeirah was heralded ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury City Resort’.

The minimal opulence of Armani Hotel Dubai was given the award for ‘Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ and the recently added luxury hotel of the emirate Address Sky View was picked as ‘Middle East’s Leading New Hotel’.

The world’s leading travel, tourism and hospitality brands for the WTA were selected through a year-long search. Votes were cast by travel industry professionals and the public, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named as the winner.

Graham Cooke
Graham Cooke
Founder – World Travel Awards

“Our winners represent the very best of the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. They have all demonstrated remarkable resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges. The World Travel Awards 2020 program received a record number of votes cast by the public. This shows that the appetite for travel and tourism has never been stronger and bodes well for the industry’s future as the global recovery begins.”

In the aviation industry, UAE’s flag carrier Etihad Airways was recognized as ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class’ and the Dubai International Airport grabbed the ‘Middle East’s Leading Airport’ title.

The national airline of Oman, the Oman Air was named as ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’.

Other winners include Dubai Tourism (Middle East’s Leading Tourism Board), Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (Middle East’s Leading Theme Park), Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi (Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction), Nirvana Travel & Tourism (Middle East’s Leading Tour Operator), Jannah Hotels & Resorts (Middle East’s Leading Luxury Halal Hotel Brand), Almosafer (Middle East’s Leading Leisure Travel Agency), Duty-Free Operator (Middle East’s Leading Airport), Avis (Middle East’s Leading Business Car Rental Company) and Amadeus (Middle East’s Leading Travel Technology Provider).

World Travel Award

World Travel Awards (WTA) was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. The award is considered a hallmark of industry brilliance.

Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognize and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.