Dubai is officially the top travel hotspot of the year, according to TripAdvisor.

At the online travel company’s Travellers’ Choice Awards, the emirate topped the list for the Most Popular Destination of 2022.

Dubai has been slowly climbing the ranks on the list over the past few years and, per CNN, it’s been the go-to spot for travellers during the pandemic.

“Dubai is an ultramodern city that has it all: golden beaches, world-class dining, and gorgeous hotels. Since the Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on reviews of places to go, stay and things to do in destinations, to rank as the world’s best means a destination has obtained stellar traveller reviews across all of its tourism sectors,” Justin Reid, director of media, destinations and travel at Tripadvisor, said per the outlet.


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“Despite the effects of the pandemic, Dubai still attracted visitors from near and far over the past year, and has stood out as their favourite place to go in a year when they really needed some excitement.”

Ranking second on the list was the UK’s capital London, followed by Cancun, Mexico, Bali, Indonesia and Crete, Greece, rounding out the top five.

Meanwhile, the next Middle Eastern city to rank on the list was Hurghada, Egypt at spot number 10. Also ranking in the top 25 from the GCC was Doha, Qatar at spot number 23.

The most popular travel destinations for 2022

  1. Dubai, UAE
  2. London, UK
  3. Cancun, Mexico
  4. Bali, Indonesia
  5. Crete, Greece
  6. Rome, Italy
  7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  8. Istanbul, Turkey
  9. Paris, France
  10. Hurghada, Egypt
  11. Barcelona, Spain
  12. Marrakesh, Morocco
  13. Tenerife, Canary Islands
  14. Corsica, France
  15. New Delhi, India
  16. Singapore
  17. Edinburgh, UK
  18. Florence, Italy
  19. Jaipur, India
  20. Cusco, Peru
  21. Bangkok, Thailand
  22. Doha, Qatar
  23. Phuket, Thailand
  24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  25. Las Vegas, Nevada

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