Dubai: A new global study has just named Dubai one of the world’s most fascinating places to visit on earth, trumping other popular destinations like Las Vegas or Venice.
The latest travel rankings by the US News and World Report ranked Dubai as the tenth best destination in the world, and number one place to visit in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), thanks to its mega attractions, spectacular “Persian Gulf views” and adrenaline-pumping activities.
“This Middle Eastern city is filled with one-of-a-kind attractions, including the Dubai Mall – one of the world’s largest shopping centres – and the indoor Ski Dubai,” the report stated.
The study was based on independent user opinions and expert analysis on tourist spots, including parks, resorts and cities that are frequented by travel and adventure junkies from around the world.
It also identified which destinations are best for budget family trips, beach honeymoons, spring break and national parks, among others.
There were more than 300 places analysed for the study. Each spot was assigned a score in a number of categories, including sights, culture, romance, adventure, food and nightlife.
Rome claimed the top spot in the global rankings, followed by Sydney, Porto, London, Paris, New York, Florence, Prague, Barcelona and Dubai in the top ten.
Dubai is ahead of other hotspots like Santorini, Honolulu, Vancouver, Phuket and Machu Picchu.
Here is the complete list of 30 best places to visit
1. Rome, Italy
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Porto, Portugal
4. London, UK
5. Paris, France
6. New York City, US
7. Florence, Italy
8. Prague, Czech Republic
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Dubai, UAE
11. Amalfi Coast, Italy
12. Santorini, Greece
13. Honolulu – Oahu
14. Grand Canyon, US
15. Bali, Indonesia
16. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
17. Vancouver, Canada
18. Breckenridge (Ski resort in Colorado)
19. Phuket, Thailand
20. San Sebastian, Spain
21. Tahiti, French Polynesia
22. Yosemite, California (US)
23. Costa Rica
24. British Virgin Islands
25.Park City, Utah
26. Great Barrier Reef
27. Machu Picchu, Peru
28. Banff (a resort town in Canada)
29. Jackson Hole (ski destination in Wyoming, US)
30. St. Lucia (Caribbean island)