(MENAFN - Arab News) Emirates has been named Airline of the Year at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards 2012. The airline, flying positively on the back of half year profits of AED 2.1 billion ( 575 million), picked up the award at a ceremony at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. Emirates was represented at the event by Adel Al-Redha, Emirates' Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations.
A specially selected panel of jurors, led by Arabtec founder Riad Kamal, shortlisted nominations to whittle down the list of winners. Each year, the awards celebrate the very best in Arab business achievements, both on a corporate and individual level. In 2008, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates airline & Group, won a special Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to global business over the past two decades.
Emirates operates flights to 126 destinations in 74 countries and has won more than 500 awards for its products and service.