December 2020

Yas Island Concludes 2020 with 35 industry accolades

Yas Island Concludes 2020 with 35 industry accolades

Attractions and theme parks receive top global traveller’s choice awards

Yas Island Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, has closed off 2020 on a high note achieving 35 awards and accolades for its attractions, infrastructure projects and developments, as part of its ongoing global recognition for its outstanding and unique experiences.

H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, said, “We are honoured and delighted to witness yet another year of international recognition from leading industry bodies, which reflects our ongoing commitment to excellence, and is testament to Yas Island’s steadily growing position as a top global destination for leisure, entertainment and business. Home to award-winning attractions and experiences, Yas Island is an integral part of our efforts in supporting the overall growth of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector, and we look forward to building on its success story as we gear up to 2021 and beyond.”

Encompassing theme parks, motorsports and golf venues, a versatile hospitality offering, as well as an impressive portfolio of projects in the pipeline, Yas Island was recognised as the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourism Development Project 2020’ at the World Travel Awards.

Home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi received not one, but two accolades from the World Travel Awards – first being named ‘Middle East’s Leading Theme Park 2020’ and crowned as the ‘World’s Leading Theme Park 2020’. The park also took home the ‘Best CSR Campaign on Speedy Recovery Program’ at the MENA Leisure & Attractions Council (MENALAC) and was awarded ‘Travelers Choice’ by Tripadvisor.

Yas Waterworld, Yas Island’s popular Emirati-themed waterpark, took home the ‘World’s Leading Waterpark’ award for the third year running, in addition to being recognized as the ‘Middle East’s Leading Waterpark’ in 2020 by the prestigious World Travel Awards. MENALAC Awards 2020 and Global Brands Magazine both recognized Yas Waterworld as ‘Best Water Park’.  The waterpark was also awarded Middle East’s Best Water Theme Park by the International Travel Awards and ‘Travelers Choice’ by Tripadvisor.

Throughout 2020, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi received an incredible eight awards in total, including three MENALAC Awards for ‘Best Day Out’, ‘Best Theme Park’, and ‘Best New Leisure/Entertainment Concept’ for its Teen Titans Training Academy, in addition to winning the award for the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the World Travel Awards. The park was also named Middle East’s Best Theme Park by the International Travel Awards, won ‘Favorite Entertainment Event on Batman 80th Anniversary Event’ at the Pride of Abu Dhabi Awards, was recognised as ‘Best Family Attraction’ by Global Brands Magazine, and as ‘Travelers Choice’ by Tripadvisor.

In just one year since opening, CLYMB Abu Dhabi has been named ‘Middle East’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2020’ at the World Travel Awards and was recognized by Global Brands Magazine as the ‘Best New Adventure/Sports Attraction’. It also won the title of ‘Best Family Entertainment Center’ at the 2020 Park World Excellence Awards.

As part of the 49th UAE National Day celebrations, Yas Mall broke the Guinness World Records™ for the ‘Largest Sand Art Structure’, after artists created an eye-catching sand visual in a giant sand art bottle, illustrating the National Day of the UAE.

Yas Links Abu Dhabi was awarded the ‘United Arab Emirates’ Best Golf Course 2020’ and ‘Abu Dhabi’s Best Golf Course 2020’ during the World Golf Awards.

Hotels at Yas Plaza received two accolades in 2020 – Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island received the ‘Travellers Choice Award 2020’ by Trip Advisor, while Amerigos Yas Island at Park Inn Abu Dhabi Yas Island recently won ‘Favorite Latin American’ restaurant during the Fact Awards 2020.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island won a wide range of awards, including the ‘World’s Leading Marina Resort’, ‘Middle East’s Leading Marina Resort’, and ‘Abu Dhabi’s Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2020. W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island also received two Time Out Abu Dhabi Special Recognition 2020 awards, with its W Lounge and the Wet Deck both winning the ‘Best New Nightlife Venue’. The hotel also received ‘Favorite Newcomer’ during the FACT Dining Awards Abu Dhabi for its trendy restaurant, Garage, know from its Brunch in Garage (B.I.G.), featuring five culinary hubs.

Yas Island’s parks operator, Farah Experiences, won two MENALAC Awards in 2020 for ‘Best Sales and Marketing campaign’ for its Summer Says Yas Campaign, and ‘Best Employee Engagement Initiative’ for its WOW Awards Program.

Attracting tourists from across the globe, Yas Island’s immersive hospitality and leisure attractions help reinforce its position as a world-class tourism destination, offering memorable experiences unlike anywhere else in the region.

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