Exciting Travel Trends for Eid Al Adha: Increased Demand for Long-Haul Destinations and Group Tours

Exciting Travel Trends for Eid Al Adha: Increased Demand for Long-Haul Destinations and Group Tours

As the anticipation for the Eid Al Adha break and summer vacations intensifies,, 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, 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, of He continued:

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 is to cater to these evolving preferences by offering diverse and tailored travel experiences.”

1. Duration Preferences: During the Eid Al Adha break, there is a wide range of travel preferences. About 45% of travelers prefer quick 4-5 day getaways, while 35% are interested in longer trips spanning 7-10 days. This shows that there is a growing interest in both short and extended travel experiences. However, a small percentage of people also prefer staycations at popular beach destinations such as Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah in the UAE.

2. Popular Destinations:  The appeal of exotic destinations attracts travelers from the UAE. CIS countries such as Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan are popular for short breaks, offering cultural richness and scenic beauty within easy reach. Meanwhile, the stunning landscapes of Kenya, Turkey, Bali, and Thailand captivate those looking for adventure and relaxation.

For those embarking on longer journeys, the allure of visa-free, e-visa, or visa-on-arrival countries like Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand is irresistible. Additionally, destinations such as 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 their search for the utmost comfort and luxury, travelers are drawn to 4 to 5-star hotels that provide a perfect combination of opulence and value. guarantees that every lodging option mirrors the refined preferences and wishes of its customers, ensuring a stay that goes beyond expectations.

4. Group Tours: The appeal of group tours is their promise of all-inclusive experiences and seamless travel arrangements. With carefully planned group tour packages, travelers can enjoy immersive journeys without the hassle of planning or coordination. It's the perfect combination of camaraderie, exploration, and adventure, all conveniently packaged in one hassle-free experience.

5. Summer Holidays in Neighboring Havens: With the scorching summer approaching, Abha in Saudi Arabia and Salalah in Oman offer refreshing havens for UAE residents seeking cooler climes. SalamAir will resume non-stop Fujairah to Salalah flights from July 3rd to August 31st, 2024, for the Khareef 2024 season with two weekly services.

6. Exotic Beach Escapes and Cultural Adventures: While Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Bali, Malaysia, and Thailand attract 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 the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia, experience its turquoise waters, and picturesque coral reefs at Al Bayada Island.

7. European Destinations: European destinations, especially Schengen countries, are currently popular among travelers due to Europe's timeless charm and diverse attractions. From the lively streets of Munich and the stunning peaks of Switzerland to the romantic appeal of Paris and the beautiful coastlines of Greece and Spain, Europe offers a wide range of experiences to discover.

Emerging destinations such as Latvia, Slovenia, and Eastern Europe also attract travelers with their hidden gems and unique attractions. While many travelers are visiting the well-known Schengen countries, around 20-25% are eager to explore the newer and increasingly popular destinations.

8. USA: A Desired Destination: During the summer holiday season, the United States is a popular destination for travelers looking for diverse experiences. It's a time when residents can take longer breaks to 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 offers a wide range of adventures waiting to be explored. With its vast expanse and diverse attractions, the USA has something for every traveler's wanderlust. There is around a 10% increase in demand from travelers in the UAE planning a trip to the USA.

9. Inbound Tourism to UAE: The UAE is known for its hospitality and innovation, which attracts travelers from around the world. Inbound tourism to the UAE is thriving, with a large number of visitors coming from India, China, Russia, and CIS countries. The country continues to impress visitors with new entertainment parks and luxury hotel offerings. From the vibrant streets of Dubai to the cultural treasures of Abu Dhabi, the UAE offers an unforgettable journey filled with wonder and delight. While tourism usually decreases slightly during the summer months due to the weather, the numbers are expected to rise again after August-September, following an annual trend

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