Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016
The UAE ranked eighth in the list which is topped by Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, according to the first Ramadan Travel Report released by MasterCard and Singapore-based halal tourism online platform CrescentRating.
The report studied 49 destinations, excluding Saudi Arabia as its most important travel destination for Muslims. The criterias’ considered for the ranking are- aver¬age daytime temperatures, fasting duration and the MasterCard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index 2016 scores forecast until 2030. Notably, the report did not study the number of expected visitors to these destinations.
Ramadan is expected to take place in cooler months for the next few years after 2023, making destinations such as the UAE, Qatar and Oman more attractive for Muslim travellers, according to the report. Other destinations in the Middle East such as Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are also expected to benefit from the lower temperatures.
Last year, there were around 117 million Muslim visitors globally, or 10 per cent of the entire travel market, according to the travel index.
The figure is expected to touch 168 million visitors by 2020, or 11 per cent of the travel market, generating US$200 billion in revenues.