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Arabia’s finest travel brands revealed at World Travel Awards in Abu Dhabi

25 April 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Middle East’s finest travel brands have been unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The elite of the Arabian travel industry gathered for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Middle East Gala Ceremony 2019 at the new Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi to find out who amongst them had been crowned the finest in the region.

Winners at the red carpet reception included Oman Air, which celebrated a double victory by collecting both ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – Economy Class’, whilst Muscat International Airport, Oman fended off stiff competition to emerge as ‘Middle East’s Leading Airport’.

The strength of Abu Dhabi’s tourism economy was reflected in a range of victories. The emirate was voted ‘Middle East's Leading Business Destination’, and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority named ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board’. Emirates Palace was voted ‘Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading MICE Hotel’. Meanwhile Etihad picked up ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline – First Class’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew’.

Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “What an incredible evening it has been here in the magnificent emirate of Abu Dhabi. We have had the privilege of recognising the Middle East's leading hotels, destinations, airlines and travel providers and my congratulations to each of them.”

The red-carpet evening formed the second leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2019 – a global search for the finest travel and tourism brands in the world.

Following its opening last summer, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi became the world’s first-ever Warner Bros branded indoor theme park, and represents another milestone in Abu Dhabi’s remarkable journey to establish itself as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.

Mark Gsellman, Vice President of Theme Parks, Farah Experiences, said: “It’s a real honor to have not one, not two, but all three of our Yas Island theme parks recognized by what is undoubtedly the travel industry’s most prestigious awards body. At our parks, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, we aim to deliver nothing less than a world-class guest experience for our visitors who hail from across the globe. Determined by members of the public, the results of this year’s World Travel Awards are proof that our efforts have not been in vain, and only further fuels our drive to continue bringing our guests some of the region’s most immersive, thrilling and unique entertainment attractions.”

Hospitality winners included Armani Hotel Dubai (‘Middle East's Leading Lifestyle Hotel’); Atlantis the Palm, Dubai (‘Middle East’s Leading Resort’); Millennium Hotels & Resorts (‘Middle East’s Leading Business Hotel Brand’). New arrival on the Arabian luxury hospitality scene, Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel, Palm Jumeirah – Dubai, picked up ‘Middle East's Leading New Hotel’, and Rixos Saadiyat Island was voted ‘Middle East's Leading New Resort’.

As part of the Grand Tour 2019, WTA is also hosting ceremonies in Montego Bay (Jamaica), Mauritius, Madeira, La Paz (Bolivia) and Phu Quoc (Vietnam), with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Muscat (Oman).

Find a full list of winners on the official WTA website.

Notes to Editors

About World Travel Awards

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

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

WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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About Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi

Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks, delivering an unparalleled fan experience. While at the park, guests are transported to six truly immersive lands, including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza, and enjoy 29 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment. From the action and adrenaline-fueled adventures of DC Super Heroes to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this captivating and interactive new experience brings together some of the world’s most iconic characters and stories under one roof for the first time in the region including: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as well as Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and The Flintstones, among others.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics., THE FLINTSTONES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera., THE JETSONS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera., SCOOBY-DOO and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera., TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co., LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., WARNER BROS. WORLD, WB SHIELD © & ™ WBEI. (s19)


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