Dubai remains world's fourth most popular travel destination

Posted: 10-Oct-17 09:19

Dubai is now the world’s fourth most popular tourist destination, according to Mastercard’s ninth annual Global Destinations Cities Index. The Emirate held the position in 2016 as well. According to the index, Dubai welcomed 14.87 million international overnight visitors and the report noted that tourism is expected to grow by 7.7 per cent in 2017.

Dubai remains world's fourth most popular travel destination

Dubai retains its position as the world’s fourth most popular travel destination, according to Mastercard, in the company’s ninth annual Global Destinations Cities Index. The report was released in late September.

The city welcomed 14.87 million international overnight visitors in 2016, with an expected continued growth of 7.7 per cent for 2017. Of all the countries on the list, Dubai has the highest international overnight visitor spend, amouting to $28.50 billion in 2016.

Abu Dhabi, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18.9 per cent between 200 and 2016 in its growth of visitors, also retained is position as the fastest growing city in the Middle East and Africa, and is the fourth fastest growing city globally.

Khalid Elgibali, Division President for Middle East and North Africa, Mastercard, said in a statement:

“Dubai’s top ranking in the ninth Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index reaffirms the strength of the emirate as a leading global travel, tourism and shopping destination. With its relentless focus on continuously innovating its business and leisure infrastructure and offerings, Dubai continues to reinforce its position on the world map as a highly attractive destination for visitors of all ages and nationalities.”

Regarding the city’s retail sector, Elgibali added that:

“Coupled with its year-round calendar of festivals, events and wide range of shopping experiences, also continues to be a huge draw for international visitors as supported by its ranking as the top global destination in terms of visitor expenditure.”

The index forecasts a continued growth of 7.7 per cent in 2017 for overnight visitors to Dubai, with only Tokyo higher from the top 10 countries.

In terms of spending, Dubai remained the second-fastest growing destination in the index’s top 10, with a projected growth of 10.2 per cent. Only Bangkok was expected to grow its visitor spend more this year.

Tourism in Dubai has increased dramatically in recent years. The city is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most innovative cities and is known throughout the world for its remarkable architecture and world-class shopping. The city hopes to attract 20 million international tourists by 2020

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