Team shortlist27 Jun 2017 AT 03:33 PM

Dubai named 10th best tourist destination in the world

It beat out the likes of Bali and Tahiti for a place in the top 10
Team shortlist27 Jun 2017 AT 03:33 PM
UAE, Dubai, Tourism, Travel
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UAE, Dubai, Tourism, Travel
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Dubai has just been named the 10th best travel destination in the world by a US News and World Report.

As it’s home to many iconic buildings such as the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa, we’re not really surprised.

According to the annual report, Dubai claimed its prestigious spot in the top 10 due to its “stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, heart-pumping activities and historic landmarks.”

Aside from nabbing a spot in the top 10, Dubai was also named the number one place to visit in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Rome was named the best city in the world for tourists, while Sydney, Australia and Portugal’s Porto took second and third place respectively.

The study that was based on independent user opinions and expert analysis on topics such as tourist spots, parks, resorts and more.

To read the full list, click here

The fact that Dubai ranked high on the list, didn’t go unnoticed. The Dubai Media Office tweeted the happy news on its official Twitter account. The tweet has since been liked over 60 times.

This isn’t the UAE’s first victory when it comes to tourism this year.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi was named the second best tourist attraction in the World for a second year running by TripAdvisor earlier this year.

Based on millions of evaluations and opinions from the site’s users, the Abu Dhabi landmark came out ahead of the likes of India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and even Paris’s Eiffel Tower. Angkor Wat in Cambodia took the top spot.

The mosque, that opened in 2007, welcomes around 2.5 million visitors each year. If you haven’t been yet, be sure to ask for a tour. The guided tours deep dive into the history of the building from conception to completion, and cover every aspect of the beautiful building, including its eye-catching domes and water features. 

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