The second edition of annual awards lauds brands and operators sparking tourism growth in the country. Ramada Plaza, the four-star hotel and apartments perched between the Walk JBR and the Dubai Marina, has won the award for the best 4-star hotel at the second edition of the Arabian Travel Awards.
The Awards, held on September 20th 2018 in Dubai, were hosted in the presence of chief guest H E Khalid Jasim Al Midfa – Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), consular dignitaries and tourism and hospitality professionals.
The Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence scooped the award by popular Internet vote for a multitude of reasons – including its exceptional location. The property straddles the vibrancy of the Dubai Mariana, and the luxurious beach lifestyle of the Jumeirah Beach Walk. It is immersed dynamic life at street level – with shopping malls, shops, restaurants, the unique beach promenade and the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf an easy walk away.
The hotel’s range of rooms and serviced apartments also made it a favorite. The property offers a range of well-designed hotel rooms – from studios to loft suites. It also features fully-serviced apartments ranging from two bedrooms to sprawling four-bedroom penthouses.
Voters found that the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach’s sleek design and sophisticated amenities made the hotel ideal for short stays as well as more extended trips.
The hotel was also feted for its choice of restaurants, and for being the perfect place to savor a bite. The 35th floor hosts Brazilian Restaurant FOGUEIRA famed for its churrascaria, and the urban chic of outdoor bar SAMA Lounge. The terraces and balconies open up to an interplay of light and shade, with restful views of the white beaches on the one side contrasting with a stunning display of city lights on the other.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Stefan Thumiger, General Manager of the Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach Residence, said: “We are honored to be recognized as the best 4-star hotel of 2018. This award is a testament to the team’s efforts in driving us to higher standards and raising the bar for customer service industry-wide. I’d like to thank the Arabian Travel Awards for the positive role they are playing in boosting the industry while recognizing high achievers. Recognition and a push to higher standards are crucial for the UAE as the country targets a more diverse and rapidly expanding audience with more vibrant and sophisticated offerings.”
The Arabian Travel Awards offer a platform for the Middle Eastern market to appreciate the efforts of the hotel operators, hospitality brands and travel specialists in sparking a booming tourism industry in the UAE. The country, the fourth-most visited destination in the world, is focusing on tourism as an economic diversifier; particularly with mega-events such as Expo 2020 in the offing.
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