The Business Traveller Middle East Awards are back for 2022 and this year’s programme is bigger and better than ever, with several new categories added and the event’s hotly anticipated awards ceremony taking place live for the first time since 2019.
Now in its 20th year, the awards programme will culminate with a gala event on May 9, 2022, at a five-star hotel in Dubai, with more than 200 guests set to attend. Each year, the coveted ceremony attracts a high-profile crowd comprising industry heavyweights, High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), C-Suite executives and key decision makers spanning the hotel, aviation, tourism and transportation sectors, and this year will be no exception.
Nominations for awards across some 41 categories are now live and span 10 airline awards, four airport awards, 19 hotel awards and eight leisure and lifestyle awards.
Reflecting business travel trends and traveller priorities, categories contested at the 2022 awards will range from Best Airline in the World, Best Hotel Brand in the World and Best Serviced Apartment Brand in the Middle East to Best Dining Experiences in the UAE, Best Mobile Travel Application and Best Golf Club in the Middle East.
The best business hotel category will be applied to every major Middle East destination, recognising the high quality of accommodation and services to business travellers provided in each, with locations covered including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Israel, Jeddah, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Riyadh and Sharjah and the Northern Emirates.
The Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2022 celebrate the companies at the forefront of business travel and services, as well as the hard work of top-level industry executives.
The 2022 awards build on the momentum of the highly successful 2021 event, which took place virtually, recognising leading airlines, hotels, airports and other providers to the business travel sector across 33 categories.
Several travel companies were crowned with more than one title including Emirates Airline, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Dubai International Airport (DXB), Four Seasons and Hilton, all of which received at least three awards.
Notable achievements included Emirates being voted ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ and partner carrier, flydubai, recognised as ‘Best Low-Cost Airline serving the Middle East’; Rotana scooping ‘Best Hotel Brand in the Middle East’ and for its Centro Hotels by Rotana concept, ‘Best Budget Hotel Brand in the Middle East’; The Ascott Limited being crowned ‘Best Serviced Apartments Brand in the Middle East; and Marriott Bonvoy being named ‘Best Hotel Loyalty Programme in the Middle East’. The coveted ‘Best Hotel Brand Worldwide’ title went to Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
In 2022 we give you, our valued readers, the chance to vote for companies who you consider the best in travel – those who have gone above and beyond during what has been another challenging year for the sector.
Perhaps they were prompt in providing information on changes to services or offered flexibility with bookings, re-bookings and refunds. Or it may be that they have enhanced their loyalty and recognition programmes and demonstrated a commitment to responsible travel and tourism.
The awards survey gives you the opportunity to reward them.
Our programme is widely respected because the winners are chosen by you – our readers, experts in the field. Your nominations make up the largest annual independent poll of frequent travel customers and despite the pandemic, we would like to continue celebrating the best in travel.