KARACHI: Dubai is in number one place on Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2022: the Best of the Best Destinations, dethroning popular tourism spots like London, Paris and Rome.
US-based Tripadvisor, a platform that helps people plan and book trips based on guidance from other travellers, said 2022 is shaping up to be the year “we return to travel in a big way” after the pandemic, as restrictions around the world begin to ease.
“Despite new variant surges, data shows that the desire to travel remains stronger than ever,” it said.
Steven Paganelli, Director, Destinations, Hotels and OTAs, Americas at Tripadvisor noted that “as the world returns to travel, priorities are changing, and people want more memorable experiences on their trips.”
And it seems Dubai is just the ticket. The platform chose winning destinations by analysing the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings and looked at factors like accommodation, restaurants and things to do.
It described Dubai is a destination that mixes modern culture with history, and adventure with shopping and entertainment. It also gave it the title of the top destination for city lovers.
The city has plenty to offer both kids and adults, such as watching a show at the Dubai Opera, admiring views from some of the highest buildings in the world, or strolling down City Walk.
Tripadvisor’s list of top attractions in Dubai, based on tourist recommendations, include visiting the Burj Khalifah, the Dubai Fountain - designed by creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Vegas – Dubai Mall and Dubai Miracle Garden - which features 150 million flowers over 72,000-sq-m.
For the more adventurous souls, there is sky diving over the Palm Jumeirah, as well as hot air balloon rides, desert safaris and amusement parks.
Justin Reid, director of media, destinations and travel at Tripadvisor, told CNN Travel:
“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 traveler reviews across all of its tourism sectors.”