Dubai has been named the world’s No.1 destination in the 2024 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, making it the first city to achieve this recognition for three consecutive years in a row.
The awards are based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor over 12 months. Dubai surpassed other popular destinations such as Bali, London, and New York, which ranked second, third, and fourth respectively.
Dubai’s appeal lies in its diversity and dynamism, as it offers something for every traveler, from its rich culture and heritage, to its stunning architecture and attractions, to its vibrant nightlife and entertainment, to its world-class shopping and dining.
Dubai also boasts of its safety and hospitality, as well as its resilience and innovation, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which it managed to contain and overcome. Dubai also hosted the postponed Expo 2020, which showcased its achievements and vision to the world.
Here are five reasons why Dubai is the best destination in the world, according to Tripadvisor reviewers:
- Culture and Heritage: Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and traditions, where visitors can experience the rich and vibrant heritage of the Emirati people, as well as the diverse and cosmopolitan lifestyles of the residents. Dubai has a variety of cultural attractions, such as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the Dubai Museum, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, and the Etihad Museum.
- Architecture and Attractions: Dubai is a city of contrasts, where the ancient and the modern coexist in harmony. Dubai boasts of some of the most iconic and impressive structures and landmarks in the world, such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest man-made island, the Dubai Frame, the world’s largest picture frame, and the Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden.
- Nightlife and Entertainment: Dubai is a city that never sleeps, where visitors can enjoy a variety of nightlife and entertainment options, from glamorous clubs and bars, to live shows and concerts, to festivals and events. Dubai is also home to some of the world’s best and biggest theme parks and attractions, such as the Dubai Parks and Resorts, which includes Motiongate, Bollywood Parks, Legoland, and Riverland, the IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, and the Expo 2020, the world’s largest exhibition.
- Shopping and Dining: Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, where visitors can find everything from luxury brands and designer labels, to local souvenirs and handicrafts, to gold and spices. Dubai has some of the world’s largest and most extravagant malls, such as the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates, and the City Walk, as well as some of the most authentic and charming markets, such as the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk, and the Textile Souk . Dubai is also a foodie’s heaven, where visitors can savour a variety of cuisines and dishes, from traditional Emirati and Arabic delicacies, to international and fusion flavours, to street food and snacks.
- Safety and Hospitality: Dubai is a safe and hospitable city, where visitors can feel welcomed and comfortable. Dubai has a high level of security and law enforcement, as well as a robust health and hygiene system, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which it managed to contain and overcome. Dubai also has a high standard of service and hospitality, as well as a friendly and helpful population, who are always ready to assist and guide visitors.
Dubai’s tourism authorities have expressed their gratitude and pride for the award, which they said reflects the city’s ambition and leadership, as well as the satisfaction and loyalty of its visitors.
They also said that the award motivates them to continue enhancing Dubai’s tourism offerings and experiences, and to maintain its position as a global tourism hotspot. They also thanked their partners and stakeholders, including the government, the private sector, and the community, for their support and collaboration.