Dubai has been named as the Middle East's leading destination at the last week's World Travel Awards regional ceremony. The World Travel Awards for the Middle East 2008 were hosted at Atlantis, the Palm. Awards were handed out on the strength of votes cast by nearly 170,000 industry professionals from around the world. Dubai also received the leading hotel accolade for the Burj Al Arab and the top cruise port award in addition to being named the Middle East's leading destination. Founder and president of the World Travel Awards Graham Cooke said: 'Not only Dubai but the whole of the Middle East region is a constant signal to everyone in the industry of how bold vision and innovation, investment and positive responses can make a difference - despite global economic fears. ' Etihad Airways was among a number of airlines recognised at the ceremony, as it was named the Middle East's top provider of first class services and leading carrier. Emirates and Qatar Airways also received awards. Emirates picked up an award for its economy services, cabin staff and in-flight entertainment, while Qatar Airways scooped awards for being the leading business class airline and the top provider of airport lounges.