Dubai has been included in the Travellers’ Choice Destinations 2015 list released by TripAdvisor, and was the only UAE destination to make it into the top 25, taking 24th spot.
The Travellers’ Choice Destination award reflects the ongoing enhancement of Dubai’s destination offering and visitor experience, as well as the efforts of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) to promote the Emirate around the world.
The online review and travel website’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards are based on reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, with the winners chosen using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews as well as ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions over a 12-month period.
According to TripAdvisor, “Dubai is a cosmopolitan oasis, a futuristic cityscape that towers over the Arabian desert. This Travellers’ Choice Destination is a city of superlatives, home to the world’s largest dancing fountain; tallest building (Burj Khalifa); only seven-star hotel (Burj Al Arab); largest artificial islands (Palm Islands); and largest natural flower garden (Miracle Garden). Rent a dune buggy for a desert adventure, bargain at the open air market or cheer on your favourite humped hoofer at the Camel Race Track.”
2014 was another hugely successful year for Dubai, with the opening of a host of new tourist attractions and infrastructure developments, joining the established favourites mentioned by TripAdvisor.
New additions include: The Beach at Jumeirah Beach Residence, an attractive open-air retail and entertainment district with beach access; Jumeirah Corniche, stretching 14km and boasting a walkway, running track, cycle paths and leisure facilities; Arabian Water Parks, a floating inflatable playground appealing to all ages; At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, the world’s highest observation deck on the 148th floor of the world’s tallest building; and Dubai Tram, providing smooth and efficient public transportation in and around the Dubai Marina area.