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World Travel Awards to celebrate Middle East Gala in Ras Al Khaimah

The up-and-coming tourism hotspot of Ras Al Khaimah is set to host of one of the most prestigious events in the travel industry for the first time, the World Travel Awards. The 2018 Middle East Gala, to be held at the Waldorf Astoria property in the northernmost emirate of the UAE, will recognise excellence in the region's hospitality sector.

World Travel Awards to celebrate Middle East Gala in Ras Al Khaimah

Although Dubai and Abu Dhabi are typically the most renowned holiday spots in the UAE, the country has also been proudly promoting another one of its gems: Ras Al Khaimah. Offering breath-taking coastlines and rich, terracotta desert planes, the emirate has firmly established itself as the UAE’s most authentic destination. Boasting 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches and the world’s longest zip line at the UAE’s highest mountain, Ras Al Khaimah offers a more nature-centred experience; a refreshing option in comparison to its neighbouring emirates.

Thanks to its growing popularity, the emirate has been granted the honour of hosting the 2018 Middle East Gala Ceremony. Looking to rewarding excellence in the tourism industry, the red-carpet event will receive hospitality leaders from across the region to see who among them has been voted the best in the business. Voting for the WTA Middle East Gala Ceremony is now open and will run until 18th March 2018.

When speaking of the upcoming gala, Graham Cooke, Founder and President of WTA, declared:

“It will be an absolute pleasure to visit Ras Al Khaimah for the very first time. Fringed by the majestic Al Hajar Mountains amid swathes of terracotta coloured dunes, Ras Al Khaimah promises an authentic Arabian experience. WTA has maintained its position as the industry leader for the past 25 years, consistently proving its value as the global benchmark for excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality business.”

Moreover, the gala, which is set to take place on 19th April at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria property, will kick off this year’s World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Tour. The 2018 Grand Tour seeks to celebrate the WTA’s 25th anniversary, by travelling around the world and honouring the sector’s most outstanding venues, experiences and management. The tour will comprise ceremonies in Athens (Greece), Jamaica, Hong Kong, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Durban (South Africa), with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Lisbon (Portugal).

Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), went on to state his pride in hosting such an important event:

“It is a great honour to welcome the prestigious World Travel Awards gala dinner for the first time to Ras Al Khaimah, an event that brings together travel industry leaders worldwide. Choosing Ras Al Khaimah to be the host of this event is testimony of our growing appeal within the MICE sector and we look forward to the guests experiencing our authentic Arabian hospitality and diverse tourism offer.”

Finally, this year’s Middle East Gala Ceremony will take place alongside the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) which runs from 17th-19th April. Aimed at connecting business leaders from global and local markets, the hotel investment conference will focus on driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across the Middle East. This event also expects the company of some of the most important investor in the region.

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