UAE National Day 4-day break: some residents opt for stays as air fares soar – News
Many are looking to spend time with family, avoid the hassle of travel
Some UAE residents are opting for stays amid high airfares and also to avoid the hassle of multiple Covid-19 PCR tests and additional paperwork to travel abroad with families for the upcoming National Day holiday. four days during the first week of December.
Hotel industry executives told the Khaleej Times that occupancy rates increase by up to 30% over long weekends, reaching 100% for many properties across the country.
UAE residents will have a four-day break from December 1-4 to mark Remembrance Day and National Day.
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David Todd, operations manager for MEA at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), said demand is highest during the National Day holidays with an increase in stays.
“The occupancy rate is higher in Dubai than in the other emirates. We enjoy a higher occupancy rate in the Middle East during long weekends. During the pandemic, guests chose to explore their country or city of residence as various borders were closed and the travel situation was uncertain. Staycations allowed customers to take a break from their daily routine and spend time with family and friends, ”said Todd.
“Currently, we are seeing more inbound travelers to the UAE, especially with the launch of the Dubai Expo, as well as more and more overseas leisure travel as the borders have opened up. and that the restrictions have been relaxed, ”he added.
Iftikhar Hamdani, regional general manager of HMH Hotels Northern Emirates, said long weekends in the UAE are always a blessing for hotels as they boost domestic family tourism.
“Our hotels remain 100% occupied for all long weekends, and we are planning the same for the next long weekend in December. Although overseas travel has now become easier, thanks to mass vaccination in the UAE, but stays have also increased as there are still issues for outbound travelers from the UAE, such as increased airfares , several PCR tests and additional documentation requirements when traveling with the family, ”he said. .
As reported by Khaleej Times this week, airfares to the Indian subcontinent nearly doubled on some popular routes for December due to school holidays and increased tourist flow to the UAE for the Expo. 2020 Dubai and business travel.
Ayman Ashor, managing director of Al Bandar Rotana and Al Bandar Arjaan by Rotana, said the trip has become very popular in recent times among UAE nationals and residents.
“There are many opportunities for families, groups and individuals to explore the UAE. Driven by good weather and multiple entertainment options, hotels and resorts offer a wide range of stays and activities, ”he said.
Grace Margarett, Deputy Executive Director of Rooms and Revenue, Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa, echoed her industry peers, confirming good support during the National Day break.
“During long weekends, the occupancy rate increases by 20-30% on average compared to normal weekdays or weekends,” she said, adding that stays help residents spend more time with their families, as traveling abroad is a more time-consuming exercise, especially during the pandemic.
“In addition, people prefer to escape from their daily routine and want to rest and enjoy the hotel facilities. As a result, stays are more and more popular. Dubai is a tourist destination, which is why residents do not also become tourists and treat themselves to a stay, ”she added.
Mahwussh Alam, co-founder and managing director of One Perfect Stay, noted that demand for vacation homes has skyrocketed since October, from both residents and tourists.
“Winter is the best season to be in the United Arab Emirates when the temperature for outdoor activities is perfect while Covid-19 is also very low,” she added.