The Emirate named one of world's 20 most popular cities for business travel

Posted: 09-Jan-19 10:11

Dubai attracts all sorts of travellers. Not only is it a popular choice for leisure seekers, but you’ll also find numerous business travellers from around the globe flocking to the capital. The emirate is named among the world's 20 most popular cities for business travel, driven by the Mice sector, tactical location, strong connectivity, transport and its regional hub status.

The Emirate named one of world's 20 most popular cities for business travel

According to Egencia, the business travel booking platform of Expedia Group, Dubai is ranked at 11th place among the 20 greatest visited business travel cities in the world, outranking Mexico City, Boston, Montreal, Beijing, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Casablanca and Seoul.

This is an achievement because Dubai is the only city from the Middle East and Africa region to be among the top 20 cities. The emirate's regional hub reputation is increasingly mounting on the global level, thanks to the government's investor-friendly strategies for high net worth individuals and multinational companies to make the emirate their home.

According to the business research firm Infomineo, Dubai and Johannesburg are the top destinations for foreign entities when it comes to the number of regional headquarters. The emirate hosts 155 regional and sub-regional headquarters that are overseeing business activity in either the Middle East or the entire Middle East and Africa region. While Johannesburg is ranked far behind with a combined 29 regional headquarters.

Harvey Monk, Executive Manager, grmc Advisory Services, said:

“Dubai is a leading global destination for business travel due to strong ‘MICE’ (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) industry.”

Monk added:

"Strong Mice market, with over 100 large scale mega-events each year plays a critical role in driving business travel to Dubai. In addition, Dubai continues to be the business hub for accessing North and East Africa, CIS and broader Middle East markets, supported by world class infrastructure and airline connectivity."

Expo 2020 will increase business travellers too

The anticipated event of the Expo 2020 Dubai will most likely give a boost to the business travel sector even more, with 25 million visitors and thousands of officials are predicted to be gathering there during the 6 months period.

Monk added:

"Expo 2020 is expected to provide a strong impetus to further development and growth in business travel to Dubai. Moreover, Dubai Tourism's concentrated efforts to promote Dubai as not only a regional but a global business destination will further enhance Dubai's attractiveness as a Mice destination."

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai, said: 

"As we get closer to Expo 2020, part of Dubai Plan 2021, there is much to be optimistic about. Dubai remains one of the best places in the region to do business and the 4th most-visited city in the world."

"We are excited about the role we will play in removing barriers to travel and creating free flows of trade and tourism." 

Internationally, according to Egencia, New York sustained its outperformance over London as the most popular business travel destination globally, as it tops the list for the fourth successive year.

London last held the top spot for business travel in 2014 before being overhauled by the Big Apple in 2015. New York's supremacy is likely to continue as flight data showed that business trip flight bookings to New York were nearly 10 percent higher than bookings to London in 2018. 

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