The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Sir Bani Yas island won the title of World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination at the 2015 World Travel Awards in Morocco.
Located off the southwest coast of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas island was originally a wildlife reserve developed by former UAE president Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In fact, the island, with the help of decades of investments and work related to conservation and environmental protection, is home to more than 13,000 animals and millions of flora, and is the largest wildlife reserve in the Arabian Peninsula. In addition, Sir Bani Yas island hosts a large bird sanctuary.
With all that Sir Bani Yas island has to offer, it quickly became a popular tourist destination with the help of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC). Aside from the abundant wildlife and nature, Sir Bani Yas offers safaris, mountain biking, hiking and trekking, kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, diving, and much more, including three resorts for guests to stay at. Its growing popularity as a tourist destination and its dedication to conservation and sustainability has led to international recognition with the title of World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination.
Sir Bani Yas was awarded the title at the 2015 World Travel Awards in Morocco during a ceremony at the Mazagan Beach and Golf resort.
“We are very pleased and proud that Sir Bani Yas has won World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination for a second year in a row. This prestige confirms that our efforts to balance our hospitality and conservation offerings continue to be successful, such as welcoming two cruise ships last month as well as several baby animals to the island’s expansive wildlife population.” – Sufian Hasan Al Marzooqi, CEO of the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC)
Photo Credit: “Sir Bani Yas Island Panorama” by Ismail.alghussein – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sir_Bani_Yas_Island_Panorama.jpg#/media/File:Sir_Bani_Yas_Island_Panorama.jpg
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