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Winners of the World Travel Awards for the Middle East were announced last night, with Emirates Airline taking the title of the region’s leading airline and Dubai named the region’s leading tourist destination.

The red-carpet event took place at the Armani Hotel in Dubai and attracted close to 400 leaders from the travel and tourism sector.

Winners of the World Travel Awards are based on the votes of travel professionals, industry leaders, and consumer travelers. 

The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was named the leading tourist attraction.

Winners will now go forward to compete in the World Travel Awards Grand Final taking place in Vietnam December 10.

Below are the highlights of the award ceremony:

Leading tourist attraction: Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Leading airport in the Middle East: Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Leading hotel 2017: Jumeirah Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Leading luxury hotel 2017: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Leading theme park: Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi

Most romantic resort 2017: One&Only The Palm, Dubai

Leading all suite hotel: Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Leading beach destination: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Leading business travel agency: dnata Travel, Dubai

Leading lifestyle hotel: Armani Hotel DXB, Dubai

Leading first class airline: Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi

Leading airline overall: Emirates Airlines, Dubai

Leading destination: Dubai

Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia also got awarded at the event for...

Leading hotel dining and entertainment experience: La Cigale Hotel, Qatar

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Leading boutique hotel: Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, Saudi Arabia

Leading luxury resort: Al Faisaliah Resort & Spa, Saudi Arabia

Leading economy class airline: Oman Air, Oman

Lebanon's leading luxury hotel: Movenpick Beirut, Lebanon