Posted on August 19, 2016

Doha has been named as one of the world's unfriendliest cities for tourists, according to a new survey by Condé Nast Traveller. The Qatari capital was ranked 10th, with visitors describing the city as "ugly" and its traffic as "horrible". The survey results also revealed that tourists described Doha's men as "rude" although the city's new airport was singled out for praise.

The criticism comes as a report noted that Qatar hotel revenues dropped by 17.8 percent over the year to April, and occupancy rates plummeted by 64 percent. According to figures from DTZ’s Q2 Qatar Market Report, almost 5,000 hotel keys have been added to Qatar’s stock over the past 18 months and the additional supply has started to impact performance in the second quarter of 2016. The Condé Nast Traveller’s list ranked the US city of Newark in New Jersey as the most unfriendly with one reader describing it as "one of the saddest looking cities I have ever seen".

A total of 128,000 readers took part in the survey during the last year. Newark replaced last year‘s top ranked city Caracas, while the Mexican city of Tijuana ranked second most unfriendly globally. In contrast, the South Carolina city of Charlestown was named the world’s friendliest city. Charleston knocked Australia’s Sydney from the top spot it held for the previous two years while no Middle Eastern cities made the most friendliest list.

source: Arabian Business

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