Egypt topped the list of travel destinations for the UAE travelers who intended to spend their Eidul Fitr holiday abroad.
Travel companies in the UAE witnessed an upsurge in bookings to the Middle East countries like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Gulf News reported.
Egypt preceded India, Thailand, and the Philippines among UAE preferable destinations this Eid, according to the travel firms.
Also, Managing Director for the Middle East, North Africa, and India at Wego -a travel search engine- Mamoum Hmedan said: “Egypt was followed by India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey.”
Cleartrip, a global online travel company, noted that it saw increasing reservations to cities like Cairo, Manila, Beirut, Istanbul, and Jeddah.
Sameer Bagul, the executive vice president and managing director of Cleartrip Middle East, said that the company’s bookings got boosted by 26% across the region after the announcement of the holiday dates.
“We have also noticed a significant increase in family travel, which has increased by 45% during the Eid break, while the number of bookings made by couples grew by 36%,” Bagul added.
In this context, online bookings witnessed a jump in the Gulf region. Hmedan stated that more than 64% of travelers tend to book their flights hotels online via smartphones, a matter which will grow in the coming years.
He further pointed out that UAE travelers became more confident in their smartphones to book holidays.
Online travel will grow by around 20% yearly for the next five years in the Gulf region, driven by high internet penetration rates and tech-savvy consumers, according to figures from MENA Research Partners (MRP).
Meanwhile, Rania Al Mashat, the tourism minister, expressed her happiness for the UAE travelers who selecteed Egypt as their first destination this Eid, saying: “Welcome to your second country, Egypt.”
نرحب بأشقائنا من دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة في بلدهم الثاني #مصر، اختيارهم الأول لقضاء اجازة عيد الفطر المبارك هذا العام. كل سنة وانتم طيبين… وعساكم من عوادهhttps://t.co/ca1goSSOc6 pic.twitter.com/7dABmaIQDh
— Rania A. Al Mashat (@RaniaAlMashat) June 2, 2019