With Eid Al Adha less than a week away, people across the region are scrambling to book their trips. The UAE in particular has become recognized as a travel juggernaut during Eid celebrations by both taking in, and seeing off thousands of travelers.
This week we wanted to look at some of the travel trends emerging in the United Arab Emirates so you can better position yourself for the holiday. We’ll be sharing some of the latest data to help quantify Eid’s impact this year.
Inbound Travel to the UAE
In 2016, the Eid holiday in the UAE is anticipated to begin on the 11th of September and continue for anywhere between three to five days. For some travellers this means a nine-day holiday, and for most a five-day holiday is ahead. This lengthy break has many hoteliers expecting extended stays and high occupancy rates well over 80% throughout the holiday.
As the holiday edges closer, travel agents across the country have seen increased holiday package booking across the UAE. The bookings are largely being driven by outside travellers but there is also strong local interest from residents looking to enjoy an Eid staycation.
The largest portion of the UAE’s external bookings during the Eid holiday are from other Gulf countries, with Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Qatar leading the pack.
Outbound Travel from the UAE
Not everyone is planning to remain within the UAE however. The large expat community means that as a huge number of tourists are flooding into the UAE, many residents will be on their way out.
According to YouGov, four and five-star hotels are the most requested properties amongst travellers from the United Arab Emirates with popular destinations including India, Sri Lanka, and Georgia; all of which are seeing increased UAE traffic compared to 2015.
Georgia in particular has been growing in popularity. According to the Georgian National Tourism Administration, the country is expecting to attract over 17,000 UAE visitors in 2016, representing a 687% year-on-year jump. Egypt is another favourite and is expected to see a large influx of traffic from the UAE.
Minimizing travel and maximizing vacation is the goal for most tourists from the UAE, with a large majority of travellers opting for destinations less than a four-hour flight from Dubai.
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