Dubai no.1 for hotels and shopping experience


By Abdul Basit

Dubai ranked top in the world for its best hotels and superb shopping experience as the host city of World Expo 2020 left behind top tourists’ destinations New York City and London in these categories, according to the world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor’s second annual Cities Survey.

The survey results are based on more than 54,000 responses from those travellers who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews for featured cities around the world. Dubai ranked top for shopping followed by New York City and London. The emirate also ranked top for its best hospitality followed by Cancun (Mexico) and Bangkok (Thailand).

The ranking truly reflects the facilities made available to tourists in the emirate, which hosts the world’s largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination — The Dubai Mall. In hospitality sector, the emirate is home to the world’s tallest hotel — Marriott Marquis — and the world’s most luxurious hotel Burj Al Arab voted recently by Daily Telegraph survey.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), said it is a real honour to be recognised by more than 54,000 TripAdvisor’s users as the number one destination in the world for shopping and hotels.

“Dubai Government’s strategy of focusing on the tourism and travel sector as a driver of economic growth and employment creation — and ensuring that retail is a critical part of the destination mix alongside an outstanding selection of hotels with the highest levels of service and facilities — has clearly been recognised and appreciated by travellers around the world,” told Khaleej Times. More info