Dubai-based flight and hotel booking platform, tajawal, has pinpointed Southeast Asia as the most popular destination among UAE travellers during Eid Al Adha, with Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta proving extremely popular.
Adding to this, Sri Lanka, which is home to a diverse landscape, cultural attractions and beautiful beaches, has also emerged as a vacation hotspot for Eid Al Adha break, as well as Switzerland, with considerably more flight bookings to Zurich witnessed compared to last year.
Booking data also emphasised the demand for colder climes and a preference for city breaks, with a boom in hotel reservations in Toronto, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Baku.
Since the Eid Al Adha holiday period for public and private sector employees is expected to last up to four days, the average length of hotel stays has dramatically increased by 43 per cent, as residents seek to experience far-flung destinations and their diverse culture. The trends seem to continue with the average length of hotel stays up from three in 2018 to seven in 2019.
Executive vice president, tajawal, Muzzammil Ahussain declared: “Looking at our current booking trends, it appears more families and holidaymakers in the UAE are indulging in longer holidays, particularly overseas during this Eid Al Adha period. From Zurich to closer-to-home destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Sri Lanka, we are witnessing that a vast majority of travellers are opting for city sightseeing abroad over a local staycation this holiday season. Interestingly, more travellers in the UAE are also now choosing low-cost carriers for long-haul flights and favouring to stay in mid-range hotels over their luxury counterparts for an authentic experience in cities across the globe.”
A demand for low-cost carriers was also picked up on by tajawal this year, as UAE travellers want to get away this summer without the price tag of a full-service flight and take advantage of new long-haul routes by regional airlines. A higher demand for three-star and four-star hotels offering unique and authentic holiday experiences was also recorded.