List of all the winners of the World Travel Awards Middle East Awards

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ETN Publisher Juergen T. Steinmetz presented one of the many rewards given to the best of the best in travel and tourism in the Middle East tonight.

The black tie Gala Dinner was hosted by the Royal Le Meridien Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai.

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Etihad, Burj al Arab, Emirates, Avis, Europcar, Qatar and Rotana were among the big names to emerge victorious at World Travel Awards 2013 Middle East Ceremony, held at Le Royal Meridien Resort & Spa Dubai on 5 May 2013.

The industry’s elite, including CEOs and SVPs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs, attended the glittering gala event hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”. World Travel Awards celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service.

Etihad Airways was one of the shining stars on the night, capturing Middle East’s Leading Airline, Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class, and Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew. Not to be outshone, Emirates took Middle East’s Leading Airline Business Class, Middle East’s Leading Airline Awards Program and Middle East’s Leading Airline Website.

Other Award winners from across the G.C.C., saw the award for Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Destination going to Doha, Qatar. Middle East’s Leading Villa went to Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Middle East’s Leading Spa: The Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and the award for Middle East’s Leading New Hotel went to JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. A bevy of awards were won by Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai for Dubai’s Leading Resort, Dubai’s Leading Hotel Suite and Middle East’s Leading Resort.

Abu Dhabi’s continuing rise to tourism stardom was rewarded too, as it took home a host of top honors, including the award for the Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Center: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC, the award for Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Middle East’s Leading Beach Destination: Saadiyat Beach, Abu Dhabi, and Middle East’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination.

W Hotel & Residences Qatar, La Cigale Qatar, Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman with Al Faisaliah Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel Saudi Arabia and Rosewood Corniche Saudi Arabia ensured the other nations in the region were well represented with awards. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital was the recipient of Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award.

Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “The Middle East was the perfect region to mark the start of the World Travel Awards 2013 Grand Tour, setting the highest possible bar for the rest of the world to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism.”

Winners included a wide variety of categories including hotels, airlines, and other tourism-related companies.

Tonight’s awards went to:

Middle East
Middle East’s Leading Airline: Etihad Airways
Middle East’s Leading Airline Business Class: Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Airline Economy Class: Oman Air
Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class: Etihad Airways
Middle East’s Leading Airline Lounge: Doha – Qatar Airways
Middle East’s Leading Airline Rewards Program: Emirates – Skywards
Middle East’s Leading Airline Website: Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Airport: Dubai International Airport
Middle East’s Leading Airport Hotel: Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading All Suite Hotel: Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Beach Destination: Saadiyat beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Beach Resort: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, Saudi Arabia
Middle East’s Leading Business Car Rental Company: Avis
Middle East’s Leading Business Hotel: Grosvenor House Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Dnata, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Business Travel Destination: Doha, Qatar
Middle East’s Leading Cabin Crew: Etihad Airways
Middle East’s Leading Car Hire: Europcar
Middle East’s Leading Chauffeur Company: Al Farrad Car Rental Company
Middle East’s Leading City Hotel: Al Bustan Rotana – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Conference Hotel: Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Corporate Resort: Beach Rotana, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Middle East’s Leading Cruise Port: Port Rashid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Desert Resort: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Desert Spa Resort: Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Destination: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Exhibition & Convention Centre: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Family Resort: Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Golf Resort: The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Middle East’s Leading Hospitality Development Company: Emaar Hospitality Group
Middle East’s Leading Hotel: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Hotel Brand: Rotana Hotels
Middle East’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience: La Cigale Hotel, Qatar
Middle East’s Leading Hotel Residences: W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar
Middle East’s Leading Hotel Suite: Palace Suite at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Leisure Hotel: Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai
Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel: W Doha Hotel & Residences, Qatar
Middle East’s Leading Lifestyle Resort: Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel
Middle East’s Leading Low-Cost Airline: flydubai
Middle East’s Leading Luxury City Hotel: Al Faisaliah Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel, Saudi Arabia
Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Raffles Makkah Palace
Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Apartments: Arjaan by Rotana Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading New Hotel: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Private Jet Charter: Royal Jet
Middle East’s Leading Resort: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Serviced Apartment Brand: Frasers Hospitality
Middle East’s Leading Serviced Apartments: Oasis Beach Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Spa: Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Middle East’s Leading Spa Resort: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Sports Resort: Meydan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Tour Operator: Dnata
Middle East’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction: Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board: Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Leading Travel Agency: Regency Travel & Tours, Qatar
Middle East’s Leading Travel Management Company: FCm Travel Solutions
Middle East’s Leading Travel Technology Provider: Illusions Online
Middle East’s Leading Villa: Beach Royal Residences at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Middle East’s Most Romantic Resort: One&Only The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award: Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, United Arab Emirates

Bahrain
Bahrain’s Leading Business Hotel: Sheraton Bahrain Hotel
Bahrain’s Leading Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel & Spa
Bahrain’s Leading Serviced Apartments: Fraser Suites, Bahrain
Bahrain’s Leading Spa Resort: Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa

Iran
Iran’s Leading Hotel: Abassi Hotel

Iraq
Iraq’s Leading Business Hotel: Divan Erbil
Iraq’s Leading Hotel: Erbil Rotana Hotel

Jordan
Jordan’s Leading Beach Resort: Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba
Jordan’s Leading Business Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Amman
Jordan’s Leading Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba
Jordan’s Leading Resort: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
Jordan’s Leading Spa Resort: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa

Kuwait
Kuwait’s Leading Business Hotel: Al Manshar Rotana Hotel
Kuwait’s Leading Conference Hotel: The Regency Kuwait
Kuwait’s Leading Hotel: Sheraton Kuwait Hotel & Towers
Kuwait’s Leading Luxury Hotel: The Regency Kuwait

Lebanon
Lebanon’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Hotel Albergo
Lebanon’s Leading Business Hotel: Gefinor Rotana Hotel
Lebanon’s Leading Hotel: InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut
Lebanon’s Leading Resort: Movenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut
Lebanon’s Leading Spa Resort: InterContinental Mountain Resort & Spa Mzaar

Oman
Oman’s Leading Beach Resort: Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Oman’s Leading Hotel: Hilton Salalah
Oman’s Leading Resort: Six Senses Zighy Bay
Oman’s Leading Spa Resort: Six Senses Zighy Bay

Qatar
Qatar’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Al Najada Boutique Hotel
Qatar’s Leading Business Hotel: InterContinental Doha
Qatar’s Leading Conference Hotel: Wyndham Grand Regency Doha
Qatar’s Leading Hotel: La Cigale Hotel
Qatar’s Leading Hotel Dining & Entertainment Experience: La Cigale Hotel
Qatar’s Leading Hotel Residences: W Doha Hotel & Residences
Qatar’s Leading Hotel Suite: Presidential Suite at The St. Regis Doha
Qatar’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel: W Doha Hotel & Residences
Qatar’s Leading Resort: The St. Regis Doha
Qatar’s Leading Serviced Apartments: Fraser Suites Doha
Qatar’s Leading Spa Resort: Sharq Village & Spa, Doha
Qatar’s Leading Travel Agency: Regency Travel & Tours

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Business Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Conference Hotel: Al Faisaliah Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hospitality Company: Al Khozama Management Company
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hotel: Rosewood Corniche
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Hotel Suite: Royal Penthouse Suite at Al Faisaliah Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Resort: Movenpick Resort Al Nawras Island Jeddah
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Travel Agency: Attar Travel
Saudi Arabia’s Leading Travel Management Company: Al Tayyar Group

UAE
UAE’s Leading Beach Resort: Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach
UAE’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Desert Palm Dubai
UAE’s Leading Business Hotel: Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi
UAE’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Dnata
UAE’s Leading Desert Resort: Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
UAE’s Leading Family Resort: Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa – Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah
UAE’s Leading Hotel: One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
UAE’s Leading Hotel Residences: Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah
UAE’s Leading New Hotel: Al Ghurair Rayhaan by Rotana
UAE’s Leading Resort: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
UAE’s Leading Serviced Apartments: Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana
UAE’s Leading Spa Resort: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai
UAE’s Leading Travel Agency: Al Futtaim Travel
UAE’s Leading Travel Management Company: Orient Travel

Yemen
Yemen’s Leading Hotel: Movenpick Hotel Sana’a

Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Beach Resort: The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel: Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Chauffeur Company: Sixt Limousine Service
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Conference Hotel: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Hotel: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Hotel Suite: Palace Suite at Emirates Palace
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Luxury City Hotel: Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Resort: Emirates Palace
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Serviced Apartments: Grand Millennium Al Wahda
Abu Dhabi’s Leading Travel Agency: Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau

Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Business Hotel: Grosvenor House Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Chauffeur Company: Sixt Limousine Service
Dubai’s Leading City Hotel: Amwaj Rotana
Dubai’s Leading Conference Hotel: Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah
Dubai’s Leading Golf Resort: The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Hotel: Burj Al Arab
Dubai’s Leading Hotel Suite: The Royal Bridge Suite at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel: Armani Hotel Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Luxury City Hotel: Grand Millennium Dubai
Dubai’s Leading New Hotel: Ocean View Hotel
Dubai’s Leading Resort: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Serviced Apartments: Fraser Suites Dubai
Dubai’s Leading Spa Resort: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
Dubai’s Leading Travel Agency: Al Rais Holidays
Dubai’s Leading Travel Management Company: Orient Travel

Fujairah
Fujairah’s Leading Resort: Hilton Fujairah Resort

Makkah
Makkah’s Leading Hotel: Al Shohada Hotel, Managed by Al Khozama

Ras al-Khaimah
Ras al-Khaimah’s Leading Resort: Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Sharjah
Sharjah’s Leading Hotel: Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah

For more information about the awards, go to: http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners .