Burj Al Arab Aquarium announced as finalist in 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

Posted: 05-Sep-16 09:43

The Burj Al Arab Aquarium has joined 12 other finalists in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards. The seven-star hotel in Dubai is the only finalist from the Middle East, and it was recognised for its programme that successfully rescues, rehabilitates, and releases adult sea turtles. The overall winner will be announced at the World Travel Market in London later this year.

Burj Al Arab Aquarium announced as finalist in 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards

The famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai has been named as one of the 13 finalists in the 2016 World Responsible Tourism Awards. The luxury hotel is the only finalist from the Middle East, and it joins several elite and diverse companies, from African safari lodges, to global hotel chains.

Sponsored by the Belize, the event will host the finalists at an awards ceremony at the World Travel Market in November, and the 2016 overall winner will be announced. The Burj Al Arab Aquarium was recognised by judges for its programme that helps rescue, rehabilitate and release adult seat turtles back into the ocean.

“Once again the World Responsible Tourism Awards will be a key part of the opening of World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM London,” explained Simon Press, the senior exhibition director and awards judge of the World Travel Market. “The stories of the winners and their achievements will be even more poignant this year as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of World Responsible Tourism Day – the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world.”

The 13 finalists are !Xaus Lodge in South Africa, Burj Al Arab Aquarium in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Resort in South Africa, East African Safari & Touring Company in Tanzania, Elevate Destinations in the United States, Friends International – Childsafe Movement in Cambodia, Lemon Tree Hotels in India, Misool Eco Lodge in Indonesia, and the Sam Veasna Centre in Cambodia.

The Burj Al Arab is one of Dubai’s most iconic buildings which resembles the sail of a traditional Arabian dhow. The building soars 321 metres into the sky and can be seen from all over the city. Its reputation as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels has been gained through its excellent level of service, upscale all-suite accommodation and exquisite facilities.

Situated on a manmade beach off the golden shores of Jumeriah Beach, the hotel’s suites boast 42-inch plasma screen TVs with DVD and cable channels; a separate living area and dining area; walk-in showers and jacuzzi baths with men and ladies Hermes products; office areas with laptops, internet access, and private fax and printer machines, and dedicated 24-hour butlers.

The property’s facilities include numerous gourmet restaurants, the private Majlis Al Bahar beach, the Assawan Spa and Health Club; the Sky View Bar and Gold On 27 Bar; and three aquariums, including one which is inside the award-winning seafood restaurant, Al Mahara. Created by Pangea Rocks, the aquariums are home to more than 4,000 exotic and colourful fish including Clown Fish, Yellow and Blue Tang, and Zebra and Bamboo sharks.

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