A number of individual properties were also honoured, with Jumeirah Beach Hotel voted the Middle East’s Leading Family & Mice Hotel, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers taking the title of Middle East’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel, and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah awarded the trophy for Middle East’s Leading All Suite Hotel.
The red-carpet event was hosted at the Armani Hotel Dubai, situated within the iconic Burj Khalifa, with more than 400 industry leaders in attendance.
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa was itself recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
Saudi Arabia was also celebrating a successful night, as the kingdom’s Vision 2030 seeks to turn the country into a tourism hotspot.
Riyadh’s Al Faisaliah Hotel took the trophy for Middle East’s Leading Business & Conference Hotel, among a host of other titles, while Flyin.com was recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Online Travel Agency.
Also in the accommodation sector, Alnakhla Resort walked away with the prize for Middle East’s Leading Luxury Residential Resort.
World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, said: “It is an honour for us to return to Dubai for our Middle East Gala Ceremony 2017.
“We have seen some deserving winners recognised here this evening at the Armani Hotel Dubai and my congratulations to them all.
“I look forward to meeting the leading lights of regional tourism again later this year, as we begin our final preparations for the Grand Final in Vietnam in December.”
Middle Eastern icon Emirates Palace was honoured at the show, taking the title of Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel.
Host Armani Hotel Dubai also took a share of the spoils, walking away with the title of Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel.
The event was hosted by broadcaster Katie Fielder, while entertainment was provided by leading operatic tenor Andrew Amdur and 15-year-old singing sensation Anabella Amdur.
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A full list of winners from the Middle East Gala Ceremony can be seen here.
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