The People Awards 2017 winners' trip

Twelve winners from The People Awards 2017 have just returned from a whistle-stop tour of Abu Dhabi courtesy of Virgin Atlantic and the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi Hotel.

After meeting in Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at Heathrow Airport the winners were flown overnight in the airline's Premium Economy cabin and transferred to Abu Dhabi.

Over the next three days they got behind the wheels of speeding cars down the Drag Race track on the famous Yas Marina Circuit, took a speedboat tour of Abu Dhabi, enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at the Emirates Palace, went dune bashing in the desert, rode camels, spent an evening in an Arabian Desert village with belly dancing, and let their hair down in the Iris Nightclub overlooking the Yas Marina.

The winners were also treated to a fabulous dinner in the Southern Sun’s Balcon Lounge on one of the evenings and in the Prego Restaurant at the Beach Rotana on the other.

After a hectic and fun-filled three days in the sun and heat of Abu Dhabi the winners were given one more special surprise when they flew home in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class cabin.

The trip would not have taken place without the support of our partners Virgin Atlantic, Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, Pure Arabia and Arabian Nights.

Check out what the winners and hosts got up to right here.

Nominations for the 2018 Awards will open next month – will you be one of our winners joining us on next year’s trip?