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Dubai tops list of global shopping destinations

Beats Paris, Beijing, London and New York

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Dubai: The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) said that a new survey has named Dubai as the world's top shopping destination among shoppers in the Arab world.

The survey by Yahoo! Maktoob Research revealed that 32 per cent of Arab shoppers rank Dubai as the best in a list that included prominent cities such as London, Paris and New York.

Proactive marketing initiatives conducted by DTCM to promote travel and tourism destinations and business amenities in Dubai have helped cement the emirate's reputation as a popular shopping destination.

Shopping festivals such as the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) have further strengthened Dubai's position as a global shopping haven.

"Dubai has an exciting mix of amenities that give customers a truly unique and pleasurable shopping experience. The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing will build on this distinction to develop more innovative campaigns and promotional activities that will further reinforce the reputation of Dubai as the world's shopping capital," Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, DTCM Executive Director of Media Relations and Business Development, said.

Who's next?

Dubai was trailed in the ranking by Paris, which is a distant second with 13 per cent of the vote, followed by Beijing, Istanbul and London in third place with 5 per cent each.

New York, Beirut, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Tokyo complete the top 10, according to the survey, which polled 2,900 people in various Arab countries.