Travelers seek extended vacation during Eid Al Adha break: musafir.com

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Travelers seek extended vacation during Eid Al Adha break: musafir.com

The UAE News Report: As the anticipation for the Eid Al Adha break and summer vacations intensifies, musafir.com, UAE’s leading online travel agency, is delighted to share captivating insights into the evolving travel landscape. With a remarkable 20% surge in enquiries compared to the same period last year, musafir.com is at the forefront of deciphering the changing preferences and desires of travelers in the region.

“As we approach the Eid Al Adha break and the summer vacation season, we’re witnessing a dynamic shift in travel preferences among UAE residents,” said Raheesh Babu, COO, musafir.com.

“As we approach the Eid Al Adha break and the summer vacation season, we’re witnessing a dynamic shift in travel preferences among UAE residents,” said Raheesh Babu, COO, musafir.com. Travel demand has surged significantly post-COVID, and we see notable increases in interest across various regions even when compared to 2023 including CIS countries (30%), Far East Asia (25%), Europe (40%), and Africa (5%).

Travelers are seeking both quick getaways and extended journeys, favoring destinations with affordable and easy visa requirements. Popularity is rising for destinations like Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia in Asia, as well as emerging destinations in Schengen countries such as Latvia and Slovenia. Additionally, Abha in Saudi Arabia offers a refreshing escape from the heat, providing similar cultural experiences on short-haul trips. Our goal at musafir.com is to cater to these evolving preferences by offering diverse and tailored travel experiences.”

Key Highlights of Eid Al Adha and Summer Travel Trends:

  1. Duration Preferences: The Eid Al Adha break sees a diverse spectrum of travel preferences. While 45% of travelers opt for quick 4-5 day getaways, another 35% are drawn towards immersive experiences with longer itineraries spanning 7-10 days. This highlights the growing appetite for both short bursts of exploration and extended journeys of discovery. However, a small percentage also looks for staycations at popular beach destinations such as Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah within UAE.
  2. Popular Destinations: The allure of exotic locales beckons travelers from the UAE. CIS countries like Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan emerge as favored destinations for short breaks, offering cultural richness and scenic beauty within easy reach. Meanwhile, the enchanting landscapes of Kenya, Turkey, Bali, and Thailand captivate those seeking adventure and relaxation.
    For those embarking on longer journeys, the charm of visa-free, e-visa, or visa-on-arrival countries such as Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand is irresistible. Additionally, destinations like the UK, Paris, and Switzerland beckon, promising unforgettable experiences that transcend borders. These destinations continue to captivate travelers, offering a diverse array of experiences that cater to all tastes and preferences.
  3. Hotel Preferences: In a quest for unparalleled comfort and indulgence, travelers gravitate towards 4 to 5-star hotels that offer a seamless blend of luxury and affordability. musafir.com ensures that every accommodation choice reflects the discerning tastes and desires of its clients, promising a stay that exceeds expectations.
  4. Group Tours: The allure of group tours lies in their promise of all-inclusive experiences and seamless travel arrangements. With curated group tour packages, travelers embark on immersive journeys without the hassle of planning or coordination. It’s the perfect blend of camaraderie, exploration, and adventure, all wrapped up in a hassle-free package.
  5. Summer Holidays in Neighboring Havens: As the scorching summer approaches, travelers seek refuge in cooler climes and serene escapes. Abha in Saudi Arabia and Salalah in Oman emerge as refreshing neighboring havens for UAE residents, offering respite from the heat and a glimpse into the region’s hidden treasures. Worth noting that SalamAir will resume its non-stop Fujairah to Salalah flights, with two weekly services, from July 3rd to August 31st, 2024, for the Khareef 2024 season.
  6. Exotic Beach Escapes and Cultural Adventures: While Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Bali, Malaysia, and Thailand entice discerning travelers with their rich cultural tapestries, vibrant nightlife, and idyllic beaches, Zanzibar’s pristine shores and Kenya’s untamed wilderness offer unparalleled encounters with nature and culture, adding a unique dimension to summer travel trends. Dive into Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, experience its turquoise waters, picturesque coral reefs at Al Bayada Island.
  7. European Destinations: European destinations, particularly Schengen countries, are experiencing a surge as Europe continues to enchant travelers with its timeless charm and endless possibilities. From the bustling streets of Munich and the majestic peaks of Switzerland to the romantic allure of Paris and the sun-kissed shores of Greece and Spain, Europe offers a tapestry of experiences waiting to be explored.
    Emerging destinations like Latvia, Slovenia, and Eastern Europe add a dash of novelty to the mix, enticing travelers with their undiscovered gems and hidden wonders. Where most are travelling to the popular Schengen countries, 20-25% are excited about exploring the newer territories gaining popularity.
  8. USA: A Desired Destination: Amidst the summer holiday fervor, the United States emerges as a coveted destination for travelers seeking diverse experiences as this is indeed the time of the year residents can take longer break and explore the vast country or connect with their families in the land of opportunities. From the iconic skylines of Los Angeles and the vibrant energy of Las Vegas to the cultural richness of Chicago and the bustling streets of New York City, the USA promises a tapestry of adventures waiting to be explored. With its vast expanse and diverse attractions, the USA offers something for every traveler’s wanderlust. Around 10% increase in demand by travellers from the UAE are planning a trip to USA.
  9. Inbound Tourism to UAE: The UAE stands as a beacon of hospitality and innovation, attracting travelers from around the world. Inbound tourism to the UAE continues to flourish, with significant numbers of visitors from India, China, Russia, and CIS countries. With new entertainment parks and luxury hotel offerings, the country continues to dazzle visitors with its boundless possibilities. From the bustling streets of Dubai to the cultural riches of Abu Dhabi, the UAE promises an unforgettable journey filled with wonder and delight. While there is typically a slight reduction in tourism during the summer months due to the weather, the numbers are expected to pick up again after August-September, following an annual trend. – abdulbasit@theuaenews.com