LAHORE - The Dubai-based Emirates Airline has won the 'Best Middle East/African Airline' award. An announcement to this effect was made in a statement issued here on Saturday. It said that the Emirates added another set of coveted accolades to its trophy collection, winning the 'Best Middle East/African Airline' award at the 2008 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, Hong Kong, and the 'Best First Class' title at the Golden Wing Awards 2008, Shanghai. The statement pointed out that over 400 travel and hospitality professionals celebrated Emirates' triumph as it notched up its eighth consecutive 'Best Middle East/African Airline' prize title at the Asia Pacific region's most prestigious travel and tourism industry event, held in Hong Kong. It said that the airline's 'ultra-luxurious First Class product' also received top honours at the Second Golden Wing Awards held in mainland China, and co-founded by the Oriental Morning Post and the globally authoritative magazine, Travel + Leisure (Chinese edition). The awards reveal the results of annual votes polled by readers and frequent travellers. Richard Vaughan, Emirates' Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, East Asia and Australasia said: 'Emirates is delighted to win these two prestigious awards as it reflects a vote of confidence from our customers in the Asia Pacific region'.