Dubai named best in the world for shopping, hotels

Emirate beats cities including New York City, Paris to claim top spot for shopping in TripAdvisor survey
By Beatrice Thomas
Mon 26 May 2014 01:48 PM

Dubai has been named the best destination in the world for hotels and shopping, according to TripAdvisor’s second annual Cities Survey.

The survey, by the world’s largest travel site, analysed more than 54,000 responses from recent reviews with Tokyo named best overall experience.

It found Dubai ranked first for shopping – ahead of New York City and Paris – and first for the best hotels, ahead of Cancun in Mexico and Bangkok.

The emirate is a favourite among tourists looking for a shopping holiday and is home to the world’s biggest shopping centre, Dubai Mall.

It is also home to a plethora of luxury hotels, including the seven-star Burj Al Arab.

However, Dubai ranked lowest for cultural experience behind other low ranking cities Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The top destinations for culture were Rome, Vienna and Paris.

Earlier this month Dubai tourism chiefs revealed their new target - to make the emirate the most visited city in the world.

One year into the delivery of Dubai's Tourism Vision for 2020, significant first steps have been taken to achieve the target of attracting 20 million annual visitors by 2020, leading the tourism authority to set the new ambition.

Helal Saeed Almarri, director-general of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said that if a growth rate similar to that achieved in 2013 is maintained - a 10.6 percent year-on-year increase equating to 11 million hotel guests - Dubai will overtake London, which currently attracts 16 million tourists annually.

The TripAdvisor survey found Tokyo scored highest across the board, ranking in the top 10 in 13 of 16 categories.

New York City, the only US city evaluated, topped the list for best restaurants and nightlife and came second for best overall experience. Barcelona came third.

Other high ranking cities were Singapore, which was number one for comfort traveling alone, and second for taxi service, cleanliness of streets, ease of getting around and family-friendliness; Rome, which topped the list of attractions/things to do and culture.

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