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
Dubai has burst onto the tourism scene with fancy resorts, outstanding museums and shopping malls and a luxury vibe.
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.
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.
Cairo is growing fast in popularity, rising up the list in the past year. Thanks to those famous pyramids of course.
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.
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.
There’s nowhere else quite like Jerusalem. Its unique mix of history, culture and a modern vibe makes it an interesting city to visit.
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.