Dubai continues to climb the ranks as one of the top destinations for international travellers, according to the findings of the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index. The emirate is projected to attract 14.3 million international visitors in 2015, making it the highest ranked city in this category.
Since the inception of the Global Destination Cities Index in 2009, Dubai has consistently advanced its position since the launch of the Index, ranking eighth in 2012, seventh in 2013, fifth last year and fourth this year.
The MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. More importantly, businesses and governments can use the insights from the Index to identify areas where investment is needed in order to sustain global growth and innovation. In this way, instead of merely tracking global population traffic, the Index is a testament to the importance of the world’s cities as homes, destinations and engines of growth.
Eyad Al Kourdi, Country Manager – UAE, MasterCard commented: “The future ranking of the Emirate looks very promising. As Dubai gears towards Expo 2020, we’re excited to see the opportunities that will unfold to reinforce its position as a key economic driver.”