This Arab City Is One Of The World’s Most Visited Places

Early on Tuesday, MasterCard released their 2017 Global Destinations Cities Index.

Ranking the world’s 132 top destination cities, the Index analyzes visitor volume and spend for the 2016 calendar year and provides a forecast for annual growth, insights on the fastest growing destination cities, and a deeper understanding of why people travel and how they spend around the world.”

Predominantly led by cities in the Asia Pacific region, the list also features one pretty popular Arab city: Dubai, UAE.

After welcoming over 15.27 million international overnight visitors in 2016, the emirate is expected to see a 7.7 percent increase in the number of visitors in by the end of 2017.

In general, the study’s forecasts for the top 10 destinations “for continued growth in 2017 are positive except for New York.”

“According to the Index, Bangkok tracked 19.41 million visitors, while London came in a close second with 19.06 million visitors. Singapore (13.11 million visitors) inched past New York (12.7 million visitors) into fifth position for the first time in three years.”

Here are the index’s top Arab city destinations

1. Dubai, UAE – 15.27 million visitors (4th globally)

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2. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 4.59 million visitors (28th globally)

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3. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 3.14 million visitors (41st globally)

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4. Cairo, Egypt – 1.55 million visitors (67th globally)

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5. Beirut, Lebanon – 1.16 million visitors (77th globally)

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6. Casablanca, Morocco – 1.05 million visitors (82nd globally)

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7. Amman, Jordan – 0.93 million visitors (89th globally)

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