Dubai Shines At World Travel Awards

Dubai is becoming one of the top tourism destinations in the world and this was demonstrated recently at the World Travel Awards where it took home an impressive collection of prestigious titles.

What Are the World Travel Awards?

The World Travel Awards are considered to be the “Oscars of Tourism” and are one of the most important and prestigious awards within the tourism industry. Only the very best hotels, tourist boards, airlines and destination are considered for these very high accolades.

The awards are intended to reward and celebrate excellence within the global travel industry and highlight tourist attractions which are exhibiting an especially high quality product.

The World Travel Awards were held on the 12th of December 2012 in New Delhi, India. They were capped off with a glittering Grand Final Gala Ceremony, a VIP evening attended by the some of the major players in the tourism industry.

Dubai Recognised in Award Ceremony

At this award-giving evening, Dubai performed exceptionally well and received many honours for the quality of its tourism offerings.

First of all, the emirate of Dubai was given the title of the World’s Leading Cruise Port. It was stated that due to the excellent quality and choice of shopping, it’s world-class restaurants and its hot and sunny weather, Dubai is a wonderful place for cruise passengers to stop and explore. Dubai has long dominated in this category and has won the price consistently every year since 2008. This award adds to another prize which Dubai won earlier this year which named it the Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port.

Dubai was also handed an award for being the “World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination”. This award is a triumph for Dubai, as there has been an enormous amount of time and effort which has been invested into promoting sports in Dubai such as cricket, football and rugby. In recent years, a great deal of investment has been made into world class sporting facilities all over the city.

In addition to all of these awards, Dubai was also named the “Middle East’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination”. This is a testament to the number of corporate events which have been staged in some of the venues throughout the city such as the Dubai World Trade Centre. Business visitors account for a large percentage of tourism revenue in the city; therefore Dubai is striving to expand ever further on its business facilities so that it can provide top-notch accommodation and conference spaces for businesses.

Dubai Hotels Also Received Awards

It was not only the city of Dubai tourism which was honoured by several accolades at the World Travel Awards; some of the excellent hotels in Dubai were also recognised.

The dazzling Burj Al Arab received three separate awards, including the very prestigious prize for “World’s Leading Hotel”. The hotel was also highlighted for winning the “World’s Leading All Suite Hotel” award as well as the “World’s Leading Luxury All Suite Hotel” award.

Another hotel in Dubai, the Armani Hotel, received the award for the “World’s Leading Landmark Hotel” at the ceremony. The iconic “Atlantis the Palm” resort of Dubai was named the “World’s Leading Landmark Resort”. There were also a number of other awards and honours for Dubai properties such as Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa and the Palm Jumeirah Residences.

The fact that Dubai was honoured with so much praise at the most prestigious and highly respected travel award ceremony in the world, demonstrates the incredibly high standard of tourism which is being offered by this destination. It is no wonder Dubai’s tourism numbers are growing in leaps and bounds and international investors from all over the world are being attracted to this amazing world city.

Mark Shepherd is a world traveller and international real estate investment advisor, who runs a blog tracking industry trends in the hottest investment destinations around the world. He writes for Select Property who specialise in property in the thriving Dubai Marina area.


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