According to a new report released by Dubai-based online flight and hotel booking platform, Tajawal, UAE residents choose nearby regional destinations over popular winter holiday cities.
The capital city of Oman, Muscat was one of the top cities visited by UAE residents.
Istanbul in Turkey and Baku in Azerbaijan are amongst the top five destinations that UAE residents are planning to explore during the end of November-December holidays. Data also shows growth in the number of people heading to London.
As per the flight bookings on tajawal, majority of UAE holiday makers are travelling for an average period of 9 days to either explore destinations that are affordable or visit their hometowns in Beirut, Amman and Cairo.
Tajawal’s EVP, Muzzammil Ahussain said: “In terms of travel trends for the upcoming holiday season, we witnessed a boom in flight bookings to regional and close-to-home destinations as UAE residents and citizens explore Oman, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka. Although low-cost airlines continue to gain popularity amongst travellers with their value-for-money fares, the full-service airlines have emerged as the preferred choice with 43% of total bookings.”
Tajawal observed that residents are opting for extended holidays with the average length of hotel stays up from four to six days compared to 2018. The data also indicates a growth of 15% in demand for three-star accommodations with 34% bookings as compared to 19% in 2018. Four-star hotels have also increased in popularity with 2% as opposed to five-star hotel reservations that declined by 18% to 21% versus 39% last year.
Full-service airlines appear to be the most successful category in air travel amongst UAE nationals and residents for end-of-the-year holidays. The demand for full-service network carriers have soared by 11% as 43% customers booked a full-service flight versus 32% in 2018. On the other hand, the low-cost carrier bookings dropped by 11% to 57% from 68%.