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The 7 Most Visited Cities In Africa & The Middle East 2019

Did you know that 55% of the world’s population lives in cities today? There are 33 megacities—cities with more than 10 million people living in them. Not only that, by 2030 there will be six more. As for the top 7 most visited cities in Africa & the Middle East in 2019? We’ve got the up-to-date stats.

There has been a huge focus on tourism in the region of late. Case in point? Saudi Arabia opening up to international visitors during 2019.  Cities, such as Dubai and Riyadh, are investing in theme parks, concerts, health and wellness and medical tourism.  Johannesburg keeps its place among the top 50 cities thanks to regular business travel to South Africa.

Check out the most popular cities in the area below…

Most Visited Cities In Africa & The Middle East 2019

1. Dubai – UAE (15,920.7 million)

Dubai has burst onto the tourism scene with fancy resorts, outstanding museums and shopping malls and a luxury vibe.

Check out our guides to Dubai here.

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2. Mecca – Saudi Arabia (9,565.2 million)

Mecca is Islam’s holiest city, (it’s the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the faith itself). Only Muslims are allowed to visit, and millions make an annual pilgrimage.

Most visited cities Africa and Middle East

3. Medina – Saudi Arabia – (8,547.2 million)

The sprawling city of Medina is also known as the ‘city of the Prophet’.  Keep in mind that the centre of the city is off-limits to non-muslims.

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4. Cairo – Egypt (5,754.5 million)

Cairo is growing fast in popularity, rising up the list in the past year. Thanks to those famous pyramids of course.

Check out our guides to Egypt here.

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5. Riyadh – Saudi Arabia (5,267.5 million)

Saudi Arabia’s capital and main financial hub has distinct landmarks and is becoming an exciting city. The country recently opened up to international visitors.Most Visited Cities In The World In 2019

6. Johannesburg, South Africa (4,120.8 million)

Johannesburg is South Africa’s biggest city. As the heart of South Africa, Johannesburg has a lot to offer eager visitors. Cultural museums, historic sites, and a vibrant energy await.

Check out our guides to Johannesburg here.

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7. Jerusalem, Israel (3,930.0)

There’s nowhere else quite like Jerusalem. Its unique mix of history, culture and a modern vibe makes it an interesting city to visit.

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To check out the full report and list of the 100 most visited cities in the world, see here.

See the 50 Most Visited Cities in 2018 here.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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