Qatar has once again been ranked among the top 10 most popular tourist destinations for Muslims around the world, according to a new report compiled by Islamic travel company Crescentrating and credit card firm Master Card. However, it dropped one place in this year’s Global Muslim Travel Index, switching with Saudi Arabia, where Muslims flock to perform umrah.
In many areas, Qatar’s scores remained either the same or went up:
- Prayer space access (100 in 2017 and 2016) and airport services (100 in 2017 and 2016);
- Air connectivity (93 in 2017, 87.7 in 2016);
- Halal dining options (90 in 2017 and 2016); and
- Safe travel (90 in 2017 and 2016).
However, its already low score in the Muslim Visitors category dropped further, from 15.7 in 2016 to 14.3 this year. The World Economic Forum has stated that Qatar has the second most competitive economy in the Middle East when it comes to travel and tourism.