Only Dubai and New York challenge the dominance of European cities in global rankings
Dubai has cemented its first place in the region for a second consecutive year, while ranking second globally, in the Top City Destinations Index 2022, published by Euromonitor.
The UK-based market research company has uncovered the top city performers for economic and business activity, with thriving tourism infrastructure and performance that show great potential for investment and operation amid increased digitalisation, technological advancement and a focus on sustainability.
Paris once again claims the title of the World’s Top City in 2022, closely followed by Dubai, which retains its second position.
The top 10 rankings show the dominance of European destinations, with only Dubai and New York challenging the status quo this year, according to Euromonitor.
The strong rebound of international tourism, which is projected to register 112% growth in 2022 in terms of inbound spending, has been one of the key factors behind the resilient recovery of global cities. Intra-regional travel, an easing of travel restrictions and value-driven tourism further boost their appeal. Preferences for domestic travel and short-haul flights are defining consumer behaviour when choosing where to holiday.
In 2022, 14 destinations from the Middle East and Africa feature in the Top 100 City Destinations Index, compared to 16 in 2021. The leader board remains unchanged year-on-year, with Dubai cementing its first place for a second consecutive year in the region, whilst ranking second in terms of overall Index performance.