Top 5 long weekend travel destinations revealed

Airline tickets and staycation rates have skyrocketed as families rush to book last-minute trips.

Residents of the United Arab Emirates received a surprise National Day gift when authorities added an extra holiday and turned it into a three-day weekend. Employees in the public and private sectors will get December 2, 3 and 4 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) to commemorate the national occasion.

Airline tickets and staycation rates have skyrocketed as families rush to book last-minute trips. According to industry experts, airline tickets to popular destinations have increased almost 300 percent over the long weekend.

A Dubai-based travel service provider has revealed the most popular holiday spots. According trip to dnataThe five most booked international destinations by UAE-based travelers are:

  • Thailand
  • Maldives
  • Turkey
  • US
  • Azerbaijan

Thailand is the most popular destination for the National Day weekend, receiving around 15 percent of all bookings.

“Azerbaijan is a new entry for this time of year in 2023, with bookings up 50 per cent compared to the same period in 2022. The capital, Baku, is proving popular with UAE travelers for a getaway to a city ​​closest to home. Bookings to the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, India and the Seychelles are also trending.”

the agency said.

The company said 80 percent of all bookings are for international travel. When it comes to holiday stays, most of them are booked in Dubai, followed by Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah.

Meerah Ketait, Head of Retail and Leisure UAE at dnata Travelsaying:

“Travelers are exploring more parts of the world, including lesser-known places and new locations in popular hotspots. In addition to the ever-popular destinations of Thailand and the Maldives, we’ve seen a notable increase in travel to Azerbaijan in particular.”

News Source: Khaleej Times

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