Highest individual honor bestowed at World Travel Awards in Dubai

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DUBAI – As the highest honor that an individual can receive at the World Travel Awards, HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal was honored with an accolade due to his exceptional contribution to the travel and tourism industry.

HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal was awarded the title of “Middle East’s Leading Travel Personality” at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2011 held at the Armani Hotel Dubai on May 2, 2011.

Globally renowned and respected, HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal owns stakes in Fairmont Hotels, Four Seasons, New York’s Plaza Hotel, the London Savoy, Monte Carlo Grand Hotel, and Euro Disney. He is also backing what will become the tallest building in the world, the mile-high Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.

HRH Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal stands out as one of the world’s most generous philanthropists, particularly in his funding of educational initiatives to build ties between Western and Islamic communities.

Other winners on the night included world-class companies such as Etihad Airways, Rotana, Hotels Suites and Resorts, Emaar Hotels & Resorts, and Jumeirah Hotels Resorts and Residencies, among others.

Winners from this event will now go on to World Travel Awards Grand Final at the end of the year.