According to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) 2019, Dubai continues to be the fourth most visited city in the world.
The emirate retained the position for the fifth time in the world and recorded 15.93 million international overnight visitors in 2018.
Commenting on Dubai’s ranking, Sanjive Khosla, chief commercial officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Dubai continues to flourish as a world-class destination for both leisure and business travellers.
“The visitor numbers are set to increase even further next year, as we welcome 192 nations for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration at Expo 2020 Dubai. With millions of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE, we anticipate that the region’s first ever World Expo will create short- and long-term benefits for Dubai’s tourism industry,” he added.
The UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, was ranked as the fastest growing city in the Middle East and Africa, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.7% between 2009 and 2018 in overnight arrivals.
“As the most attractive destination in the Middle East and Africa region for international visitors, Dubai connects people from all over the world with a diverse range of offerings for leisure and business travellers alike,” said Girish Nanda, general manager, UAE & Oman, MasterCard.
Bangkok topped the list of most visited cities in the world, followed by Paris and London.