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Cream of Arabia celebrates at World Travel Awards

1 May 2012 - Dubai, UAE, 1st May 2012

The Middle East’s leading travel brands have shared top honours at a VIP gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai on 30th April 2012.

A packed delegation of VIPs, senior tourism figures and international media travelled from more than 30 nations to attend WTA’s Middle East Ceremony 2012.

Dubai’s rapid ascendancy up the global tourism order was further strengthened after it was named “Middle East’s Leading Destination” for the second year running. The emirate’s insatiable appetite for pushing boundaries also led to a number of its hotels picking up awards, including Atlantis The Palm (“Middle East's Leading Resort”). Meanwhile Dubai International Airport was voted “Middle East's Leading Airport”.

Dubai-based hospitality group Jumeirah enjoyed an evening of rich rewards. Victories included “UAE’s Leading Spa Resort” (Jumeirah Zabeel Saray), “Dubai's Leading Resort” (Madinat Jumeirah), “UAE’s Leading Hotel” (Jumeirah at Etihad Towers) and Dubai’s Leading Hotel (Burj Al Arab)

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi also revelled in travel triumph. Emirates Palace won “Middle East’s Leading Luxury Resort” whilst Etihad Airways was voted “Middle East’s Leading Airline” after another record-breaking year in which the UAE flag carrier cruised into profit.

Saudi Arabia’s emergence as a tourism force was recognised with Makkah Clock Royal Tower – A Fairmont Hotel, winning the blue riband title of “Middle East's Leading Hotel” for the first time.

Lebanese popstar Carole Samaha headlined the glittering show, with Wonho Chung providing the comedy, and the South African string quartet Sterling EQ and British tenor Andrew Amdur also performing.

Graham E. Cooke, President & Founder, WTA, underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across the Middle East.

He says: “Dubai’s appetite for pushing boundaries makes it one the world’s most innovative tourism destinations, as well as a most fitting host to start our WTA Grand Tour 2012.

“Our winners are also drawn from the entire breadth of the Middle East, reflecting the monumental gains that the region’s travel and tourism sector has made in recent years. I am sure these organisations will fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place in New Delhi, India on 12 December 2012.”

David Thomson, Regional General Manager, Jebel Ali International Hotels, adds: “My congratulations go out wholeheartedly to all winners and nominees. The evening was a true reflection of the best in the Middle East travel industry and it was an absolute honour to host the Middle East Ceremony of WTA at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa.”

Other WTA Grand Tour 2012 regional heats are set to take place in Turks & Caicos, Nairobi (Kenya), Algarve (Portugal), and Singapore. The winners will then go head-to-head in WTA’s Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon on 12th December 2012.


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Notes to Editors

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For a full list of winners visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2012-10

For event images (including hires): www.worldtravelawards.com/gallery?y=2012&e=67

To download WTA logos visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/logo

For further WTA press info contact Anton Santos:
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e: [email protected];
w: www.worldtravelawards.com

Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Comprising two beachfront properties, the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is an award-winning destination, offering a choice of accommodation at Jebel Ali Hotel or the newly-refurbished Palm Tree Court & Spa. The 128-acre resort includes an 800m palm-lined private beach, three temperature-controlled swimming pools, a nine-hole championship standard golf course, a Spa offering over 40 different treatments and an 80-berth marina. The resort won several awards in 2011 including the World Travel Award for ‘World’s Leading Family Resort’. Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa is the signature property for hotel group Jebel Ali International Hotels, which manages other properties across the region.

For hi-res images visit: www.jebelali-international.com/image_library

For further press info contact Lauren Cartwright, Marketing & PR Executive,
Jebel Ali International Hotels:
t: +971 4 315 4343;
m: +971 50 551 9746;
e: [email protected];
w: www.jebelali-international.com

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