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Dubai the 7th most vis­ited city in the world

Emi­rate trumps New York and other pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in Europe and the Amer­i­cas

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Dubai re­ceived one of the high­est num­bers of vis­i­tors from around the world this year, with mil­lions of tourists vis­it­ing the emi­rate.

UK-based mar­ket re­search firm Euromon­i­tor In­ter­na­tional on Tues­day re­leased its Top 100 City Des­ti­na­tions 2018 re­port, a rank­ing of cities most at­trac­tive to in­ter­na­tional tourists. Dubai was in sev­enth po­si­tion, ahead of New York and many other pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in Europe and the Amer­i­cas.

Euromon­i­tor re­viewed last year’s in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals in 600 cities around the world to find out which des­ti­na­tions stood out in terms of tourist traf­fic.

The re­port in­di­cated that there were more vis­i­tors snap­ping pho­tos of land­marks and check­ing into ho­tels in Dubai than in any other cities of in­ter­est in the Mid­dle East and other tourist hotspots like Rome, Am­s­ter­dam, Mi­lan, Vi­enna, Prague, Las Ve­gas, Los An­ge­les, Mi­ami, Van­cou­ver and Toronto.

The re­search firm’s lat­est data showed that Dubai’s in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals in­creased by 6.2 per cent to nearly 17 mil­lion. In ad­di­tion, it is the only city in the Mid­dle East and Africa that showed up in the top 10 most vis­ited cities glob­ally.

Dur­ing the first half, tourist ar­rivals in the emi­rate topped 8 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est of­fi­cial data.

Over­all, Hong Kong was ranked first with nearly 30 mil­lion tourists, fol­lowed by Bangkok, Lon­don and Sin­ga­pore and Ma­cau, in that or­der.

Dubai in­tends to at­tract 20 mil­lion vis­i­tors by 2020 and has been ac­tively pro­mot­ing it­self as a top des­ti­na­tion for peo­ple trav­el­ling for leisure or busi­ness.

A num­ber of ini­tia­tives have been put in place in or­der to boost ar­rivals, in­clud­ing visa ex­ten­sions, visa-on-ar­rival poli­cies, not charg­ing tran­sit tourists for up to 48 hours and op­tional ex­tend­ed­stay visas for up to 96 hours.

“Dubai is one of the most in­no­va­tive cities in the world, with a host of new and smart tech­nolo­gies con­tin­u­ously in­tro­duced in the city state. This in­cludes smart palms on its beaches and suc­cess­ful tests of fly­ing taxis,” Euromon­i­tor said.

in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals seen by emi­rate, up 6.2%

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