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Jan 20, 2022

Dubai most popular destination of 2022

Foreign Affairs News Correspondent
Dazzling Dubai city.
Dazzling Dubai city.

Dubai has been named the Most Popular Destination of 2022 in Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The emirate topped the list of “modern culture with history, adventure with world-class shopping and entertainment.”

“Catch a show at the Dubai Opera, see downtown from atop the Burj Khalifa and spend an afternoon along Dubai Creek exploring the gold, textile and spice souqs,” TripAdvisor says.

“If you’re looking for thrills, you can float above the desert dunes in a hot-air balloon, climb aboard a high-speed ride at IMG Worlds of Adventure or skydive over the Palm Jumeirah.”

Dubai has beaten popular holiday destinations such as London, Bali and Rome to become the most popular destination for 2022.

In a list released by Tripadvisor, Dubai is followed by London (UK), Cancun (Mexico), Bali (Indonesia) and Crete (Greece).

Rome (Italy), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Istanbul (Turkey), Paris (France) and Hurghada (Egypt) completed the top 10 of the ‘Travelers’ Choice 2022: Popular Destinations – World’ list.

Among the GCC countries in the list, Qatar’s capital Doha is placed 22nd whereas from the region, Istanbul comes in eighth, Hurghada in Egypt is number 10, Marrakesh was named 12th most popular.

Two Indian cities–New Delhi and Jaipur ranked at 15th and 19th respectively.


High vaccination rates and strict precautionary measures make Dubai a safe destination thus the city welcomed 4.88 million visitors between January and October last year, with international visits in October alone crossing the one million mark.

DXB busiest airport

Last month, Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s busiest in December, with over one million more seats than the next busiest, London Heathrow, according to aviation consultancy OAG.

Dubai’s passenger capacity rose 15 per cent month-over-month to roughly 3.5 million seats in December as UAE welcomed thousands of visitors during its peak tourist season.

100% capacity

Following the opening of the final phase of Concourse A at Dubai International’s (DXB) Terminal 3, the world’s busiest international airport is 100 per cent operational. Visitors to Dubai exceeded 1 million during October, and DXB reached the important milestone of 1 million passengers per week in November, with origin-destination passengers reaching 94 per cent of pre-pandemic levels.

More connectivity

Dubai International has hit the 99 per cent mark. The target has been reached on its inter-connection network, with 198 destinations now covered through 89 national and international carriers operating their flights to over 90 countries.

The list names 25 locations in total in its list of most popular destinations.

As part of its Travellers’ Choice Awards, Tripadvisor also spotlights global Trending Destinations, with Majorca, Cairo and Rhodes named as the top three, and Top Destinations for City Lovers, which Dubai also topped, followed by London and Rome.

The Top Destinations for Sun Seekers category was dominated by Cancun, Bali and Crete; while Rome, London and Paris were named Top Destinations for Food Lovers.

Also recognised are Top Destinations for Outdoor Enthusiasts, with Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica, Jim Corbett National Park in India and the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania making the top three. The best skiing destinations were Zermatt, Switzerland, followed by two North American ski resorts –Jackson, Wyoming in the US and Banff in Alberta, Canada.