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Dubai passes New York as top 10 travel spot

Dubai passes New York as top 10 travel spot
10 Jul 2014

Dubai has recently overtaken New York in the ranks of the world’s top 10 destinations, according to a study from Mastercard.

The increasingly popular Middle-eastern emirate now occupies an impressive fifth spot on the league table, beating other top European cities as well as the Big Apple.

What’s more, Dubai is the only city from the Middle East and Africa to rank in the top five, with London, Bangkok, Paris and Singapore all filling in the numbers above.

The study is based on the number of international traveller arrivals and it showed that a colossal 12 million international travellers made their way to Dubai over the course of the year.

This marks an impressive 7.5 per cent rise and one that is only likely to climb as the city prepares to host the World Expo in 2020.

Indeed, some 25 million visitors are expected to visit the emirate over the course of the expo, an event which could help Dubai climb ever higher in the rankings.

Speaking in a statement, MasterCard division president for Middle East and North Africa Raghu Malhotra said that the speed of Dubai’s climb up the index shows that the city has cemented itself as a place to visit for both business and leisure.

“Its world-class infrastructure, strategic global location, investment-friendly economy and cosmopolitan nature will continue to play a significant role in driving visitor growth,” he added.

The impressive results also emphasise just how much of an impact global travel has had on Dubai’s tourism economy. What with it’s world-class infrastructure, beaches, amenities for both business and leisure and broad range of luxury hotels, the amount of people choosing Dubai as a holiday destination is only likely to grow.

What’s more, the emirate came top of the list for overnight international visitors. International connectivity is also a major positive point, with Dubai being ranked as the fourth air hub in the world.

This is the result of 44.6 per cent growth over the course of the last five years. The city is the only top ten hub from the Middle East and Africa.ADNFCR-408-ID-801734565-ADNFCR

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