Globally recognised attractions named ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourism Development Project’
Total of six awards acknowledging Miral’s achievements in the leisure and entertainment sector
Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of experiences, announced today that its theme parks and attractions have been recognized in six regional categories at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2020. As one of the world’s leading leisure and entertainment destinations, Yas Island received the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourism Development Project 2020’ award, acknowledging its stellar portfolio of theme parks, attractions and developments, curated by Miral.
The awards were bestowed in recognition of the diverse range of world-class theme parks and attractions on offer, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which was named the ‘Middle East’s Leading Theme Park 2020’ and is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster Formula Rossa. Yas Waterworld, the world’s first Emirati-themed water park, has also won the award for ‘Middle East’s Leading Water Park 2020’. While Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park, received the award for the “Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2020’. As for the record-breaking adventure hub CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, it was recognised as being the “Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2020”.
Qasr Al Watan has also been awarded the ‘Middle East’s Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction 2020’ at the event. The cultural landmark received this prestigious award in less than two years since opening its doors to the world in March 2019.
Mohamed Abdalla Alzaabi, CEO of Miral, said: “We are both proud and humbled to be acknowledged for excellence in the region. We continue to develop our destinations and attractions so our visitors can enjoy unforgettable experiences, while also taking the necessary steps to ensure their health and safety. These awards are a testament to our continuous efforts to improve and enhance our offering, helping us ensure we are a globally recognised destination continuing to attract local and international guests.”
Appealing to tourists from across the globe, the immersive hospitality and leisure attractions curated by Miral help reinforce the position as a global destination for entertainment, leisure and business, offering memorable experiences unlike anywhere else in the region.
Yas Island is home to three globally-renowned theme parks including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi; adventure hub CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi; outstanding motorsports and golf venues; world-class hospitality services; and an impressive pipeline of upcoming projects such as Yas Bay and the WB Hotel.
The World Travel Awards are regarded as the people’s choice accolade as they are decided entirely by public vote. They were established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. They are recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Miral is Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, uniting people and places through unique, immersive and exciting experiences. Responsible for the development and management of Yas Island, Miral’s assets encompass entertainment, hospitality, leisure, sport, dining, retail, and real estate destinations. Today, Yas Island is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina and seven hotels, including the flagship Hotel W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island.
ABOUT YAS ISLAND
Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holidaymakers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and the most enjoyable musical and family events… all within the 25 square kilometre Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, in addition to Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIXTM), Yas Marina, Yas Links golf course, and Abu Dhabi’s largest mall. It boasts more than 160 dining experiences, seven hotels, and is home to indoor and outdoor concert venues – all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.
About Ferrari World Abu Dhabi:
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the award-winning Ferrari inspired theme park, opened its doors to fans in 2010. The theme park celebrates the spirit of the legendary marque and is home to numerous thrilling rides, family-friendly attractions, state-of-the-art simulators, live shows, as well as popular seasonal events and festivities that bring together extraordinary performances from around the globe. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa, as well as record-breaking roller coaster Flying Aces. The Park’s guests can enjoy a range of exciting experiences that include Benno’s Great Race, Karting Academy, Junior Training Camp, Driving Experience, Fiorano GT Challenge, and many more.
For its 10th anniversary celebrations, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi welcomed a brand-new attraction offering even more Ferrari fun; the state-of-the-art Family Zone. Designed to entertain guests of all ages, the Family Zone features four miniature versions of the theme park’s most iconic, record-breaking rides for the entire family to enjoy. The Park also launched the all-new Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Roof Walk and Zip Line experiences for guests seeking a thrilling adventure.
Since opening, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has been recognized by several leading industry awards. Most recently, the theme park was named ‘World’s Leading Theme Park’ at the World Travel Awards 2019. The Park also took home the ‘Best strategic employee engagement initiative’ and ‘Most creative property-wide event’ by the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards and won the ‘Park World Excellence Award – Seasonal event of the year’ for its landmark festive celebration ‘Winterfest’. In addition to being named ‘Middle East’s Leading Theme Park’ by the World Travel Awards and winning the Trip Advisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ for the third consecutive year in 2019, the park took home the ‘Most Innovative New Product/Indoor’ award by MENALAC and was named ‘Theme Park of the Year’ by the Theme Parks and Entertainment Development Awards.
About Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi:
Located in Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld is a one-of-a-kind waterpark that draws inspiration from the UAE’s pearl diving heritage offering families fun-packed adventures, the warmest welcome, and the most engaging themed experience.
Home to more than 40 exhilarating rides, slides and attractions, and a diversity of seasonal events and shows, guests of Yas Waterworld can enjoy the chance to create new memories with every visit.
Yas Waterworld took home the World’s Leading Waterpark award for the second year running by the prestigious World Travel Awards™ and was recognized as the Middle East’s Leading Waterpark in 2019 by the World Travel Awards as well. Additionally, Yas Waterworld was also recognized as Best Water Park by the MENALAC awards 2019 and recently took home a Guinness World Record for The Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool in April 2019. Garnering two awards by the World Waterpark Association, the waterpark won the Leading Social Media Campaign/Activation for the Neon Nights Closing Party Campaign and the Leading Promotional Campaign for ‘’Water You Waiting For’’ Annual Pass Campaign. That’s not all, Yas Waterworld won Favorite Attraction at the What’s On Awards and was named the World’s Leading Waterpark in 2019 by the World Travel Awards.
Considered the pearl of Yas Island, the UAE’s premium leisure and entertainment destination, Yas Waterworld combines fun aquatic adventures with local personality to provide guests with an experience unlike anything else
About Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi:
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s largest indoor theme parks, delivering an unparalleled fan experience. While at the Park, guests are transported to six truly immersive lands, including DC’s Metropolis and Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza, and enjoy 28 state-of-the-art exhilarating rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment. From the action and adrenaline-fueled adventures of DC Super Heroes to the wacky and wonderful world of Looney Tunes, this captivating and interactive new experience brings together some of the world’s most iconic characters and stories under one roof for the first time in the region including: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as well as Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Tom and Jerry and The Flintstones, among others.
In 2019, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi has garnered an outstanding number of awards including four MENALAC awards for Best marketing campaign, Best New Leisure Concept, Best Day Out and Best Theme Park, in addition to being named Theme Park Insider’s Best Theme Park 2019, and the Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction for 2019 at the World Travel Awards. Additionally, Warner Bros. World succeeded in claiming two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® titles, namely ‘Largest Indoor Theme Park’ and ‘The Largest Gathering of People Wearing Capes’. The Park also won the prestigious Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) “THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement – Theme Park” and received Themed Attraction of The Year and Media-based Attraction of the Year by ParkWorld Excellence Awards for Batman Knight Flight.
JUSTICE LEAGUE and all related characters and elements © & ™ DC Comics., THE FLINTSTONES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera., THE JETSONS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera., SCOOBY-DOO and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera., TOM AND JERRY and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co., LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., WARNER BROS. WORLD, WB SHIELD © & ™ WBEI. (s20)
About CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi:
CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi is a unique indoor adventure destination. Home to the World’s Biggest Indoor Skydiving Flight Chamber at 10 meters (32 feet) wide and 32 meters (104 feet) high, as well as 5 climbing walls. CLYMB Abu Dhabi also houses The SUMMYT™, which is the World’s Tallest Indoor Climbing Wall at 42 meters (138 feet).
As Abu Dhabi’s first custom-built climbing center, CLYMB Abu Dhabi is a unique attraction for residents and tourists alike to experience. The facilities are family-friendly with expert instructors and extensive safety equipment on hand. CLYMB Abu Dhabi offers varying levels of difficulty in both skydiving and climbing for guests of all skill levels to reach new heights.
A fully indoor facility within a geometrically designed building, CLYMB Abu Dhabi includes a retail outlet, private event space, and two dining options. The attraction is located in the center of Yas Island near Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi.
ABOUT QASR AL WATAN
Qasr Al Watan is a cultural landmark housed within the Presidential Palace compound in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. At Qasr Al Watan, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the UAE’s governing traditions and values by exploring a well-preserved legacy of knowledge and tradition. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the majestic hallways of the Palace of the Nation, as they delve into a world of fascinating exhibitions, artefacts and architecture.
As part of the all-encompassing guest experience, the Symphony of the Nation, a marching band, performs classical Emirati music while passing through Qasr Al Watan. Additionally, a special part of the experience is the Palace in Motion light and sound show, a visual representation of the national journey of the United Arab Emirates.
The Palace also houses the Qasr Al Watan Library, where guests can explore a vast collection of books and resources on the UAE’s political, social and cultural history.
Qasr Al Watan was recognized as “Best Favorite Attraction” by the Pride of Abu Dhabi Awards in 2019.
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