Dubai, United Arab Emirates - June 5, 2019: Dubai seaside skyline and Burj Al Arab luxury hotel aerial view at sunrise
The English research firm Euromonitor has just published a list of the most popular cities for tourists. The Emirian city is once again in an excellent position, while Egypt is making a strong comeback.
Dubai, the hub of the United Arab Emirates, remains the seventh most visited city in the world with 16.3 million international arrivals, ahead of Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, and New York, according to a study recently published by Euromonitor.
Behind Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Dubai continues to lead the Middle East region in terms of arrivals, despite a stable growth rate in 2018. The issuance of a free two-day transit visa for Dubai and Abu Dhabi has helped to maintain the number of arrivals.
North Africa is not to be outdone
As for Egypt, it is making a strong comeback in the ranking, with a tourism sector that is recovering in the country. Thanks to its tourism reform program and improved security, Hurghada, the Red Sea resort, has made the biggest leap on the list. It moves up 19 positions, reaching 63rd place in 2019 compared to 82nd last year. Sharm-el-Sheikh, Cairo, Alexandria, and Luxor are all also growing. Good news for the land of the Pharaohs.