7 reasons why Dubai ranks ahead of Paris and New York in tourism

February 1, 2018 5:04 pm


Paris is home to amazing landmarks such as The Champs Elysees, Tour Eiffel, the Louvre and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

New York, on the other hand has Trump Tower, Times Square, the status of liberty, Central Park and Broadway.

Are they getting their share of tourists?

Sure but much less than Dubai!

Statista, the statistics portal, reveals that Dubai has beaten Paris and New York with its number of yearly visitors in 2017.

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Some 15 million people spent at least one night visiting the city last year compared to 14.4 million for Paris and 12.7 million for New York.

How did Dubai accomplish this?

7 Dubai attractions that beat New York and Paris

1– Burj Khalifa: The world’s tallest tower naturally dominates the Dubai skyline. The view from the observation deck on level 124 is absolutely stunning, topped only by the view from the luxurious At The Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor. Located at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa and just outside the doors of the famous Dubai Mall, the Dubai fountain features the world’s largest choreographed fountain system. Close to Burj Khalifa is the Dubai mall which has over 1200 shops with an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a huge indoor waterfall and the giant Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

2– Palm Jumeirah is one of the largest artificial islands in the world. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the Palm’s vast array of high-end hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont, One&Only, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and, and most notably, the iconic Atlantis, The Palm.

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3– The Walk and Beach at JBR: For those who like to shop, dine, see a movie and go to the beach all in one place, consider a trip to The Beach opposite JBR. It’s an area buzzing with activity with a regular open-air cinema and a popular water park to entertain the little ones for an hour or two. Also, the Dubai Marina Yacht Club consists of four enchanting marinas and offers a virtual centre of sailing, shopping, and distinctive dining.

Courtesy of Statista.com

4– The Dubai Opera: Located in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is the radiant centre of culture and arts in Dubai. With its unique 2000-seat multi-format theatre, Dubai Opera is a definitive international destination for performing arts and world-class entertainment productions.

5– The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF): Dubai hosts the biggest shopping event in the region on a yearly basis offering people an unlimited number of offers, sales, promotions and an endless list of activities.

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6– The DP World Tour Championship, Race to Dubai: It is a golf tournament on the European Tour. It takes place at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. The title sponsor is DP World, a shipping company based in Dubai. Around $7,5 million are paid to the top 15 players with the Race to Dubai winner getting $1.5m.

7– Dubai Creek: The Creek is the original centre of the city’s commerce and still buzzes with boats traveling regularly. Dubai Creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. Bur Dubai, the historic district, is located on the western side of the Dubai Creek and Deira. Among famous activities in this area are the Gold Souk, Dubai Heritage Village, Dubai Old Souk, and Dubai Museum.

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Dana Halawi
By Dana Halawi
Senior Journalist
Dana Halawi has over seven years of experience in Journalism with articles published in multiple magazines and a newspaper in Lebanon. She specialized in Banking and Finance at the Lebanese American University and has a Master’s degree in International Affairs.



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