Arabian singing sensation and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Nancy Ajram, has been announced as the headline act of the World Travel Awards 2010 Middle East Ceremony on Monday 3 May at The Address Dubai Marina.
Dubbed by Ophrah Winfrey as the “Britney Spears of the Middle East”, she released her first album aged just fifteen. However, the real turning point in her career came with the massive hit from her the third album, “Ya Salam” in 2003 which won the hearts of people from all ages and nationalities and earned Nancy her reputation as the “Arab World’s Sweetheart”.
Now a multi-platinum selling artist with seven studio albums to her credit, her credits include winning a World Music Award for “World’s Best-Selling Middle-Eastern Artist”.
Last October, Unicef chose her to be the first female regional ambassador for the Middle East.
More than a thousand of the Middle East’s greatest travel companies are set to battle it out for a prize at the World Travel Awards next week.
With industry stars in town for the Arabian Travel Market, WTA will host its gala event on Monday 3 May – offering operators a chance to scoop the world’s most coveted accolade.
Taking place at The Address Dubai Marina – the latest addition to The Address Hotels + Resort’s portfolio in Dubai – the awards – described as the ‘Oscars’ of tourism – are designed to drive up standards of excellence and innovation in all sectors.
Marc Dardenne, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group and Emaar Hotels & Resorts said: “The World Travel Awards is an international benchmark for excellence in the travel and hospitality sector, and it is our honour to host this Middle East event at The Address Dubai Marina.
“Apart from the waterfront location, one of the defining features of the hotel is its rich conference and meeting facilities.
“We are confident the modern facilities and impeccable service at the hotel will make the World Travel Awards a memorable event for the travel sector,” he added.
Opened in October 2009, The Address Dubai Marina overlooks the world’s largest man-made Marina and has a prime location in one of Dubai’s most popular lifestyle districts.
World Travel Awards founder and president, Graham Cooke, outlined why it was particularly appropriate the prestigious event should take place at The Address Dubai Marina.
“Because of its impressive range of state of the art conference facilities, this hotel is already carving a reputation for major events such as this,” he explained.
“The Address Dubai Marina is one of the most impressive meetings venues in the region, setting the bar higher than ever before. We are bringing the 2010 World Travel Awards to the hotel because quite simply, it showcases the very best the region has to offer.”
“Much has been said and written about the region in the past year and, like virtually every other area of the world, the global economic downturn has presented many challenges.
“But what commentators had not reckoned on was the extraordinary determination, skill and powerful marketability of the Middle East as an outstanding tourist destination.
“I m delighted that this resulted in a positive end to 2009 with encouraging developments continuing to buck the trend in 2010.”