Ireland emerges as top destination for UAE travellers

Tourism Ireland

YouGov, the international market research and data analytics company, recently published a survey naming Ireland as a top travel destination for UAE residents.

According to the survey, out of 1,000 individuals, 82 per cent of all UAE residents and 88 per cent of Emiratis showed immense interest in visiting the country’s cities and glens.

Meanwhile, 90 per cent of Emiratis who visited the island said that they enjoyed their visit, with the heritage, culture, history, friendly locals and abundance of varied activities ensuring a memorable holiday.

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Top locations of interest to UAE residents included the Ireland’s cities of Dublin (33.5 per cent), Galway (12 per cent) and Cork (10 per cent), as well as Northern Ireland’s Belfast (12 per cent) and Derry/Londonderry (10 per cent).

“It is evident from the responses received in the survey, that UAE residents, and especially Emiratis, harbour a deep love for the island of Ireland,” CEO, Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons remarked.

“As travel is now possible without a visa for UAE nationals, Ireland looks forward to welcoming more guests from the region to explore the culturally rich cities, diverse landscapes and historic landmarks,” Gibbons added.

Dubai-based dnata Travel is currently offering UAE residents an island escape to Ireland, with various packages to Dublin and beyond starting from $953.