The new MasterCard Global Cities Index Report of 132 cities has ranked Abu Dhabi among the fastest-growing destinations in the world, and the fastest-growing in the Middle East, with a compound annual growth rate of 19.81% in overnight visitors between 2009 and 2016.

This places it in third place alongside Osaka in Japan and Chengdu in China, and above Tokyo, Riyadh and Taipei.

Abu Dhabi has already posted record-breaking results in 2016, with more than four million guests checking into the emirate’s 168 hotel and hotel apartments in the first 11 months of the year.

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