Dubai named in world's top 10 city destinations

Dubai ranks seventh in new Euromonitor International list of world's top city destinations
Dubai named in world's top 10 city destinations
Dubai was ranked ahead of New York and many popular destinations in Europe and the Americas.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 05 Dec 2018 02:12 PM

Dubai has been ranked in the world's top 10 city destinations in a new report by global market research company Euromonitor International.

Its Top 100 City Destinations 2018 report, ranked by international tourist arrivals, named Dubai as the seventh best city.

The ranking showed that six out of the top 10 most visited cities in 2017 are in Asia, with Hong Kong and Bangkok as the top two performers and with Singapore, Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen in the global top 10.

Dubai was ranked ahead of New York and many popular destinations in Europe and the Americas.

Euromonitor's data showed that Dubai’s international arrivals increased by 6.2 percent to nearly 17 million.

Official figures from Dubai Tourism show that more than 8 million people visited the emirate in the first half of this year.

Globally, Hong Kong topped the list with nearly 30 million tourists, followed by Bangkok in the second position, London in the third place and Singapore and Macau in the fourth and fifth position, respectively.

Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor International travel research consultant, said: “Asia continues its rise, accounting for 41 out of the top 100 cities globally in 2018, in comparison to 37 cities in 2012, with cities in Japan and India standing out for their strong growth in international arrivals.”

While Asian cities are the clear winners, cities in the Middle East and Africa region, such as Jerba, Sousse and Sharm el Sheikh have dropped out of the ranking in the past few years, mainly due to terrorist attacks and subsequent slumping demand.

Geerts added: “Global inbound arrivals are expected to grow by 5 percent to 1.4 billion trips in 2018. At the same time, arrivals to this year’s top 100 city destinations are set to grow by 7.5 percent. This indicated that top cities are outperforming global arrivals growth, with city hubs extending their importance for the global travel industry.”

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