Yas Island Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s premier leisure and entertainment destination, has closed off 2019 with resounding success, sweeping up 32 awards and accolades for its world-class attractions, infrastructure projects and developments.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, said: “As we come to the end of another successful year, we are both proud and humbled to be recognised for excellence around the world. A decade on, Yas Island has once again cemented its position as a top global destination for entertainment and leisure, with its attractions and developments constantly receiving recognition from global leading industry entities. This is yet another testament to the evolution of Yas Island as a destination of choice locally, regionally and internationally.”
Home to the world’s best theme parks, top-notch motorsports and golf venues, a versatile hospitality offering, as well as an impressive portfolio of projects in the pipeline, Yas Island was recognized as the ‘World’s Leading Tourism Development Project 2019’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourism Development Project 2019” 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 2019’ and most recently crowned as the ‘World’s Leading Theme Park 2019’. The park also took home the ‘Best strategic employee engagement initiative’ and ‘Most creative property-wide event’ by the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards and won the Park World Excellence Award – ‘Seasonal event of the year’ for its beloved annual festive celebration Winterfest. What’s more, the Park received a TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the third consecutive year in 2019, the park took home the “Most Innovative New Product/Indoor” award at the Middle East & North Africa Leisure and (MENALAC) Awards and was named ‘Theme Park of the Year’ by the Theme Parks and Entertainment Development Awards.
Yas Waterworld, Yas Island’s popular Emirati-themed waterpark, took home the ‘World’s Leading Waterpark’ award for the second year running, in addition to being recognized as the ‘Middle East’s Leading Waterpark’ in 2019 by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Yas Waterworld was also recognized as ‘Best Water Park’ by MENALAC Awards 2019 in addition to taking home a Guinness World Record for ‘The Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool’ in April 2019 in celebration of Year of Tolerance. Garnering two awards by the World Waterpark Association, the water park won the ‘Leading Social Media Campaign/Activation for the Neon Nights Closing Party Campaign’ and the ‘Leading Promotional Campaign’ for their ‘Water You Waiting For’ Annual Pass Campaign. Yas Waterworld proved to be a popular choice amongst voters, winning ‘Favorite Attraction’ at the ‘what’s On Awards’, ‘Best Water Fun’ at the Kidazapp Awards in addition to being named a ‘Gold Winner for Water Park of the Year’ at the Mother, Baby and Child Awards 2019.
In 2019, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi received a whopping four MENALAC Awards for ‘Best marketing campaign’, ‘Best New Leisure Concept’, ‘Best Day Out’ and ‘Best Theme Park’, in addition to being named Theme Park Insider’s ‘Best Theme Park’ for 2019. The park also received prestigious industry accolades including being named the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction for 2019’ by the WTA and two awards for its thrilling attraction Batman: Knight Flight; ‘Themed Attraction of The Year’ and ‘Media-based Attraction of the Year’ by the ParkWorld Excellence Awards. To add to an impressive line-up of awards, the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded theme park succeeded in claiming two Guinness World Records titles; ‘The Largest Gathering of People Wearing Capes’ and the world’s ‘Largest Indoor Theme Park’. Wrapping the year, Warner Bros. World was also honored with a prestigious ‘THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement’ courtesy of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).
Yas Links Abu Dhabi was awarded the ‘Golf Experience of the Year’ Award for Gulf States at the 2019 International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Golf Tourism Awards while also impressively ranking third in Golf Digest’s ‘Top 10 Middle East Golf Courses’.
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.