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Burj Al Arab and Emirates Airline named “world’s best” at awards ceremony

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Dubai was in the spotlight earlier this week at Ultratravel’s award ceremony. The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazine handed the Burj Al Arab two awards – one for best hotel in the Middle East and one for best hotel in the world. Emirates also won big, walking away with the best airline award.

Other winners included Qatar Airways, who was commended for introducing the airline innovation of the year with QSuites.

The Burj Al Arab has had a new lease of life since opening The Terrace – a 10,000 square metre leisure space. There are two stunning swimming pools (one fresh water and one salt water), Scape Restaurant & Bar, cabanas with butler service and a beach area with luxury day and sunbeds. It has been designed to reflect the shape of the Burj Al Arab, linked by a central walkway and with the beach and private cabanas either side.

The saltwater infinity pool measures 828 square metres, while the freshwater pool is slightly smaller at 612 square metres. 10 million mosaic tiles were used to line the pools, while 1,000 tonnes of pristine white sand was used for the beach. As if that wasn’t enough luxury – the space also has four Jacuzzis and the all-important swim-up bar. The 32 cabanas are air-conditioned so that guests can enjoy the outdoors during the summer months.

Emirates Airline is also no stranger to an award. The Dubai-based carrier was recently named best airline in the world by TripAdvisor travelers, as well as best economy class, best first class, and best major airline – Middle East and Africa.

Yesterday the airline announced that their “Together” initiative will improve the experience at DXB airport further, with upgrades to the check-in process as well as baggage drop-off.

Speaking on the news, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Adel Al Redha said: “Last year, over 57 million passengers flew on Emirates, to Dubai or through Dubai, and that number continues to grow. To us, the hub experience and sustaining our growth is very important.”

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