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GCC Countries to Take Over Top Ramadan Travel Destinations

These GCC Countries are Set to Take Over as the Top Destinations for Ramadan Travel


The United Arab Emirates is the top destination in the GCC for Ramadan travel, according to a new report.

Comprised of Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimer, Umm al-Quwain, plus capital city Abu Dhabi, it places the country among some of the most popular in the world for escapes during the Holy Month. With delights such as Grand Mosques, endless options for 5-star hotels and brilliant shopping, it's no wonder people from across the globe are flocking to the UAE.

Placing eighth on the overall list by MasterCard and Halal tourism online platform, CrescentRating, this year, it fought off competition from the likes of Oman, Qatar and Bahrain in the top 20. On a global scale, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore topped the list, which took into consideration the daytime temperature (20% weighted), fasting hours (30% weighted) and Global Muslim Travel Index score aka Muslim-friendliness (50% weighted).

The companies predict that the UAE will rise to second by 2022 and first by 2027 on the list of 49 destinations (which exclude the obvious favorite Saudi Arabia). Ramadan falling during cooler months for those years, plus offerings like Halal food and shorter fasting days, are thought to be attractive factors for 168 million travelers expected by 2020. By 2030, half of the top 10 is expected to be GCC countries.

See the full list below:

  1. Malaysia
  2. Indonesia
  3. Singapore
  4. Turkey
  5. Brunei
  6. South Africa
  7. Maldives
  8. United Arab Emirates
  9. Iran
  10. Oman
  11. Jordan
  12. Morocco
  13. Qatar
  14. Australia
  15. Thailand
  16. Tunisia
  17. Bahrain
  18. Bangladesh
  19. Senegal
  20. Kazakstan
  21. Egypt
  22. Algeria
  23. Sri Lanka
  24. Hong Kong
  25. Taiwan
  26. Azerbaijan
  27. United Kingdom
  28. Somalia
  29. Kuwait
  30. Gambia
  31. Kyrgyzstan
  32. Japan
  33. Phillipines
  34. Pakistan
  35. Tajikstan
  36. Lebanon
  37. France
  38. United States
  39. Spain
  40. Djibouti
  41. Uzbekistan
  42. Bosnia and Hersegovina
  43. Belgium
  44. India
  45. Germany
  46. Sudan
  47. Switzerland
  48. China
  49. Russian Federation


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