7 reasons why Dubai is the world’s 6th top destination

November 16, 2017 5:12 pm

Dubai ranked sixth out of 100 countries on the 2017 Top 100 City Destinations survey, released by market researcher Euromonitor International.

Arrivals to Dubai reached 14.8 million in 2016 and are expected to go up by 7.7 per cent in 2017 to reach 16 million.

Dubai not only ranked sixth, but came ahead of Paris and New York, which registered 14.3 million and 12.6 million visitors respectively in 2016.

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The Arab city closest to Dubai’s ranking was Mecca, with 7.9 million visitors in 2016 expected to increase by ten per cent in 2017.

Among the low-ranking countries was Cairo (62nd), which was hit by geopolitical instability.

As for Doha, it came in the 64th place with 2.9 million arrivals in 2016.

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 No. 1 regionally by far

If you’re wondering why Dubai is among the top destinations in the world and tops regionally, here are 7 reasons:

1. Dubai is stable: The Emirate seems insulated from all the turmoil that is going on around it.

2. Dubai stands out with smart mobility. The Dubai 2030 transport strategy aims to make 25 per cent of all transportation in Dubai smart and driverless by 2030. This includes separate lanes for    driverless buses and passenger drones able to carry a single rider.

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3. Dubai has a variety of tourist attractions, including Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world, Palm Islands, Dubai Marina, The Dubai Fountain and the Dubai World Trade Center to name a few.

4. The growth in financial and business services, trade and logistics and tourism activity over the last couple of decades has played a significant role infueling Dubai’s emergence as a global              business hub. The country’s GDP stands at $698.5bn, according to IMF estimates.

5. Dubai is home to some of the world’s grandest and most luxurious hotels, offering guests five-star experiences during their stay. Among the most famous hotels in the Emirate are Atlantis and Burj Al Arab. The UAE is likely to take the lead in the region in expected hotel projects to be completed in 2017 at $4bn.

6. For so many years now, Dubai has been rated as the shopping paradise. The Emirate has more than 96 shopping malls including the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall. There are also many traditional markets in Dubai called souks, and Gold Souk is the most popular among them.

7. Dubai is known for the high paying jobs. The country’s expats were earning an average $127,197 more than the global average of $100,000. 72 per cent of them owned property, ten per cent more than global figures.


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.