Travel Ideas: 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the World

Sometimes a vacation in the sun just isn’t enough to get you on the right track. While some people choose challenging destinations or turquoise waters and golden beaches, others choose to admire great architectural buildings and see just how much a city can grow. If you’re looking for new travel destinations, here are the 10 fastest growing cities in the world, based on stats from international and national statistics organizations. For most of these objectives, the surroundings are more attractive than the city itself.

10. Chittagong, the second largest city in Bangladesh is attractive for its idyllic surroundings, between mountains and rivers. With amazing green surroundings, the city is considered by many a great travel destination, with cool climate and long stretches of sandy beaches. Amazing sunsets, waterfalls, and tropical forests are just a few of nature’s attractions.

9. The Tanzanian city, Dar es Salaam (translated “House of Peace” in Arabic) has grown rapidly since independence, becoming more or more crowded for its 2 million inhabitants. Located near a harbor, the fish market is roaming everyday with locals or curious tourists. The main attractions are the botanical gardens, the near-by National Museum and Jamhuri, Mkunguni, Zanaki – arguably the best restaurants in the world.



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8. Founded in 1607, Faridabad is the most populated and industrialized city in the whole in the Haryana region. The city is known for being India’s industrial center, with companies producing, among others, shoes, tires and vehicles. As for touristm, the most popular attractions in Faridabad are the Suraj Kund Tourist Complex, the Aravalli Golf Club and the Badkhal Lake Tourist Complex.

7. Lagos is the most populated city in the largest African country, Nigeria. Lagos became a huge metropolis and the commercial and industrial hub of Nigeria, benefiting from the country’s natural resources. Urban renewal has been mainly focused on building roads and drainage channels, to provide the entire city with the necessary utilities. Victoria Island is one of the trendiest areas of the city, having several shopping districts, and the Silverbird Galleria, the country’s largest mall and Movie Theater.


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6. Bamako, the capital of Mali, is rapidly growing as one can daily see from the horrible traffic and the crowds of people. Nonetheless, the country is renowned for culture, for the inland delta and for one of the largest libraries in the world. Even if the government is struggling to secure the country’s economi, Mali remains one of the world’s poorest countries, with an annual per capita income of $260.



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5. One of the fastest growing cities in the world when it comes to economy, Kabul is one of the highest capital cities in the World, being an important pass in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Considering the recent outbursts, Kabul is probably one of the cities on the list you won’t want to visit any time soon.


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4. The fourth fastest growing city in the world, Surat dates back to the years of Mahabharat i.e. about year 3,000 B.C. Legend has it that Krishna himself stopped in his way to Dwarka with his cows, their frontprints being visible even today at a place popularly called “Gai Pagli”. As of 2007, Surat and its metropolitan area have a population of roughly 4 million. The city is known worldwide for its unique Surti cuisine, an inspiration for many of India’s dishes. Among the most popular tourist objectives in Surat, don’t miss your chance to visit the Water Fun Park, the Dutch Garden or the Vandasa Natural Park.

3. One of the oldest cities in Arabia, Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. At an altitude of 2350 meters, Sana’a is home to one of the largest museums in open air in the world. Apart from this, 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century can be seen throughout the city. Sana’s is said to have been founded by Shem, one of the three sons of Noah. Sana‘a is the commercial center of a fruit-growing region and the political capital of the country.

2. Second in the chart is the Indian city Ghaziabad, located in the Uttar Pradesh state. Being primarily an industrial city, Ghaziabad has several flourishing industries, as hi-tech, diesel engines or even liquer. Several world class malls dotting the city as Pacific and Shipra are the spots where any shop-a-holic can spend an hour or two shopping. Garhmukteshwar Ganga Fair is another people destination that attracts thousands of people every year.


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1. Developing in perfect standard with modern city requirements, Beihai in China has been named the fastest growing city worldwide. From straight roads to flourishing trees, from fine beaches and clear waters to a sweet air, Beihai is a romantic city with amazing subtropical seaside scenery. Being a hub city connecting the southwest of China to Southeast Asia but also a great tourist destination, Beihai quickly grew from a small harbor a modern city, in constant development. Tourist baits include Beibu Gulf Square, Silver Beach, Dongpo Pavilion, and Wenchang Pagoda.


15 Comments for "Travel Ideas: 10 Fastest Growing Cities in the World"

Ambar Roy says on March 25th, 2008 at 6:58 pm:

Faridabad & Ghaziabad are satellite towns to new delhi, which is the capital of india.. Faridabad, Nodia, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh & Sonepat are satellite towns that border delhi and along with delhi essentially form a single metropolis.. i.e the National Capital Region of Delhi as it is officially called… There was a time when there was some undeveloped/agricultural area between the delhi city proper and these satellite towns.. Nowadays these all form one big city.. Listing 2 of these as separete cities in this list can be slightly misleading.. people living in one of these areas routinely work in another area..


krishan says on June 24th, 2008 at 5:50 pm:

see ghaziabad is something which can be regarded as worlds fastest developing cities of world

Satnam Singh aDIL says on October 25th, 2008 at 10:24 am:

I lived in Faridabad for 5 years before moving to Uganda. It’s simply the most horrible messed up city in the world. Not even a city -it’s an overgrown village with bad infra and very rude people. It’s much worse than even the shanty towns of Central africa!!

Allie Fox says on February 26th, 2009 at 5:00 pm:

I’m getting ready to embark on a book project to travel to the fastest growing cities in the world. I’ll be visiting most of these cities and if you’re interested in following check out my blog.

Ali says on July 22nd, 2009 at 11:45 am:

i resides in surat ….i am proud to be surti…..its an amazing city..n mostly based on textile n diamond indusrtries..apart from that foods, mall culture, entertainment and overall infrastructure facility over here is really appreciable … ever read this comment do visit surat ….i am sure u will stuck over here n u will feel not to leave this city …..

Alice Thomson says on December 17th, 2009 at 7:29 am:

Thanks for your great article of travel. I lived in Faridabad, it’s not bad. You can stay there easily. Faridabad is the most populated and industrialized city in the world. Here are 10 fastest cities in the world. Some golden beaches, destinations and great architectural building is really wonderful. Very impressive article……..

akku says on January 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 am:

i would like 2 say only dat ghaziabad is only city which have frndly people,good infrastructure,better connectivity from different cities like (noida,delhi,meerut),huge numbers of mall in india,peaceful environment…etc. if u will visit in dis city u will say dat ghaziabad is newyork of america,singapur city of singapur,paris of europe and d second capital of india

KK says on March 3rd, 2010 at 5:54 pm:

On CNBC somewhere they mentioned Rajkot its in Gujarat state India …

Arri says on April 1st, 2010 at 1:37 am:

According to me Ghaziabad is the fastest growing city in the world . You can find 12 malls in diameter of 3 kms . Today all the builders feel save to invest their money in Indirapuram (Place in Ghaziabad) . You can find all the famous builder societies here . From investment point of view it the best place to grow you money further but Ghaziabad has one big problem and that of electricity . Power backup is the major issue and it is stopping Ghaziabad from m

Australia Immigration says on April 13th, 2010 at 8:56 am:

pretty amazing pics

bapusaheb patil says on April 16th, 2010 at 12:14 pm:

Amchi Surat is the best Metropolis in the world and is also the fastest city and metropolis in world. Surat has the population of 6.5 million and will touch 12 MILLION BY 2020.

Arppit says on June 10th, 2010 at 11:28 am:

@Bapusaheb Patil If we have a population of 6.5 M according to you then why Govt. not giving metro city facilities.

Bapusaheb says on July 11th, 2010 at 10:00 pm:

Ahmedabad eclipsed Surat for Metropolitan status. Thus Surat’s elder brother is seen primarily. Surat has all potential for being a metropolitan city with a metropolitan population of 6.5 million and ahmedabad has a population of 7.9 million in comparision ahmedabad is larger with population and a metro area of 12000 sq kms. Thus it is larger than Surat in both aspects. It needs more attention than surat because of haphazard development. Surat will soon get a metropolitan authority named SMRDA which will replace SUDA. Its jurisdiction will be from Kosamba to Chikhli and from Hazira to Bardoli. Even mumbai is still lacking from metro train then surat is far behind. The pop. 6.5 million is not my estimate but Govt record says. Wait for the facilities as even i am waiting for same…… Thanx for question….

robert says on August 30th, 2010 at 1:58 am:

bullshit its auckland


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