UAE staycations: Book your vacation quickly as journey brokers report ‘unprecedented surge’ – Information

Demand is expected to rise until March next year.

Destinations in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain are seeing an unprecedented surge in demand, especially on the weekends, according to UAE tour operators.

Demand is expected to rise until March next year.

“We saw incredible sales over the long weekends, especially during the national holidays. In fact, bookings have reached maximum capacity on all weekends through December 31, ”said Rashid Abbas, Managing Director of Arooha Travels.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, recently approved a new strategy for domestic tourism. Tour operators have announced that they will “strengthen an already strong industry”.

On Saturday, Sheikh Mohammed announced the start of the coolest winter campaign in the world. The funding is part of a broader vision aimed at promoting local tourism in a solid collaboration between cultural and tourism companies from the seven emirates.

Domestic tourism options

Abbas said one of the main reasons for the boom in local vacation options is the “complications” residents face in planning vacation abroad.

“Most people still only travel abroad for emergencies. We saw a boom in local tourism immediately after the embargo, ”said Abbas. “People choose … stays because hotels have very good package deals.”

Agents said adventure activities in Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain are very popular with residents.

Stays for all budgets

TP Sudheesh, General Manager of Deira Travel and Tourist Agency, said, “To be honest, domestic tourism is the only industry that’s really booming. People do not want to travel (abroad) for a variety of reasons, and the UAE has plenty of options for people of different financial backgrounds. “

He said weekends – “Wednesday through Sunday” – are peak days. People prefer staying because they can save on visas and travel expenses, he added.

The UAE’s domestic tourism sector contributed Dh41.2 billion to the economy in 2019. It accounts for 23 percent of the total tourism sector revenue. As part of the new strategy, the country wants to double this number.

Attractive accommodation offers

Raheesh Babu, General Manager of Musafir.com said, “In Dubai, the most popular hotspots are in Palm Jumeirah.”

Destinations in Ras Al Khaimah are also popular, he added.

“We had a lot of demands in Atlantis, Anantara, Sofitel Hotel, etc. in Palm Jumeirah. People prefer these destinations because they can enjoy them with many activities that are on offer, ”said Babu.

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