Stars bedazzle at the Arabian Travel Awards


Dubai. It was an amazing night of glitter, grandeur, and glamour as the fifth edition of the Arabian Travel Awards concluded recognizing the stars of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. The most important focus at the awards was sustainable drives from the industry, especially after the Herculean efforts put across by the stalwarts of the industry over the past year, as now the world is finally opening up to a new era of more responsible people, ready to make a commitment to focus on preserving for tomorrow. Mr.Ammar Sajwani Director of Tourism Development Department UAE, Ministry of Economy graced the occasion of Chief Guest presenting the awards to the stars of the night.

SanJeet, Director DDP Group in his opening remarks, “the travel and tourism industry in the Middle East has not just survived the pandemic but started to thrive again and they are leading by example. In fact, the world is carefully watching this magic that’s happening from this part of the world, I wish that we could go back and delete the last two years, but the hard battle has made us all stronger and tougher. Everybody in this room is a winner, we have all won both personal and professional battles and led to adapting the new normal.”

“I am very happy to be here and I would like to first of all take this opportunity to thank the organisers, a very good set up and its my first time to be here and I’m very privileged to be among the leaders of the travel and tourism business. This award continues to become the platform for all those successful in the travel and tourism industry for their hard work and dedication. There is no better time for this awards night to come now especially as we are a few days towards after the launch of the national tourism strategy, which was on 11th November by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The strategy aims to attract 100 billion dirhams investments in UAE by the year 2031 and in the same year attract 40 million hotel guests.”

The evening kicked off with the official ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by the launch of the special collector’s edition by the Chief Guest Mr.Ammar Sajwani. Thereafter, the Chief Guest, Mr.San Jeet Director DDP Group and Mrs.Sumeera Bahl Director DDP Group received the personal award winners on stage. This year Mohamed Jassim Al Rais entered the Gallery of Legends, Basmah Abdulaziz Al – Mayman was honoured as Tourism Ambassador,

Jaal Shah was recognised as the DDP Gamechanger and Mohammad Khoori as DDP Trailblazer. The next session was the awarding of the business awards to all those engaged in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector for all their team efforts making it through thick and thin over the past year.

Arabian Travel Award Winners include:


Categories Winners
Gallery of Legends Mohamed Jassim Al Rais
Tourism Ambassador Basmah Abdulaziz Al – Mayman
DDP Gamechanger Jaal Shah
DDP Trailblazer Mohammad Khoori
Best Travel Management Company – Middle East Kanoo Travel
Best Family Friendly Hotel Swissotel Al Ghurair
Best Visa Outsourcing Company VFS Global
Best Travel Agency – Qatar Tawfeeq Travel
Best Business Hotel, UAE dusitD2 Kenz Hotel
Best Training Institute for Aviation, Travel & Tourism WingsWay Training Institute IATA – ATC
Best Luxury & Mice Hotel Grand Millennium Tabuk
Best Luxury Shopping Destination McArthurGlen Designer Outlets
Best B2B Travel Portal
Best Leisure and Business Hotel, UAE The Tower Plaza Hotel, Dubai
Best GSA Al Naboodah Travel
Best DMC, UAE BTB Tours
Best Luxury Suite Hotel Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights – Hotel Suites and Apartments
Most Trusted Travel Partner in the Middle East Cozmo Travel
Best African Airline RwandAir
Most Comfortable Hotel Apartments Golden Sands Hotel Apartments
Best Travel Booking Platform
Best Desert Hotel Tilal Liwa Hotel
Fastest Growing Online Accommodation Distributor Ibyta B2B Travel Solution
Most Active in Promoting Sustainable and Accessible Travel German National Tourist Office – Gulf Countries
Best Wedding Hotel Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa
Best Holiday Homes Company Everluxe Holiday Homes
Fastest Growing Destination Management Company, UAE Stellar Tourism LLC
Best Emerging Car Rental Company Sayara
Best 4 Star Business Hotel Copthorne Hotel Dubai
Most Popular Vitality Hotel Swissotel AL Maqam Makkah
Best MICE Hotel Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Fastest Growing DMC – Qatar Tawfeeq Holidays
Best Business & Leisure Hotel, KSA Grand Millennium Gizan
Best City Hotel, Bahrain The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa – Manama
Best Corporate Travel Agency Al Naboodah Travel
Best Luxury Business Hotel in UAE Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Best Airline – South East Asia Philippine Airlines
Best Family Friendly Resort Ramada Hotel and Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR
Best MICE Tour Operator – Middle East Kanoo Travel
Best Serviced Apartments Dusit Princess Residences – Dubai Marina
Emerging B2B Online Travel Portal Travtrolley
Best Debut Boutique Hotel Golden Sands Hotel Creek
Best Hotel Apartments Mercure Dubai Barsha Heights – Hotel Suites and Apartments
Most Promising MICE Tour Operator BTB Tours
Best City Hotel, UAE St. Regis Downtown
Best Business Hotel, KSA Millennium Hail
Hospitality Partner Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre






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