Skyscanner reveals early winter travel trends for UAE and Saudi Travellers

  • The most popular travel length is from 2 weeks to a month (43% of bookings)

Top Winter Destinations for UAE Travelers*:

  1. Philippines
  2. India
  3. Pakistan
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Qatar
  6. Egypt
  7. Turkey
  8. Thailand
  9. United States
  10. Ireland

Live Skyscanner winter deals for UAE travelers using Everywhere search:

Abu Dhabi to Catania, Italy (direct economy round trip) 16-28 Oct Nov: AED 241

Abu Dhabi to Athens (direct return in economy) 22.-29. November: AED 279

Sharjah to Istanbul (Direct Economy Round-Trip) 1st-15th November: AED560

Abu Dhabi to Malé (Direct Economy Round-Trip) 19-29 Oct November: AED 662

Saudi winter trends

  • November and December return economy bookings from Saudi Arabia up 106% in August compared to the previous month
  • The most popular travel length is 1-2 weeks (35% of bookings)

Top winter destinations for Saudi travelers:

  1. Turkey
  2. Philippines
  3. India
  4. UAE
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Thailand
  7. Egypt
  8. Pakistan
  9. Indonesia
  10. Italy

Live Skyscanner winter deals for Saudi travelers searching Anywhere:

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Damman to Vienna (direct economy round trip) 5.-12. November: SAR 340

Damman to Rome (direct economy round trip) 14-25 Dec November: 370 SAR

Damman to Cairo (direct economy round trip) 13-20 Oct Nov: SAR 758

Riyadh to Istanbul (direct economy round trip) 2nd-7th November: SAR 1387

Skyscanner travel expert Ayoub El Mamoun comments:

“We continue to see booking behavior returning to pre-pandemic and seasonal norms, with travelers striving to make the most of their trips after a long period of lockdowns and travel restrictions. We saw that bookings for November and December travel in Saudi Arabia increased by 106% in August compared to the previous month, and in the United Arab Emirates bookings for the same winter period in August increased by 83% compared to July, as travelers move beyond summer and towards July, winter is the way to go for their next travel plans.

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“Travel expenses will be a top priority for many holidaymakers considering a break this year and planning for 2023. Signing up for Skyscanner’s price alerts is a great way to stay up to date with price changes at your favorite destination, which means you’ll be the first to know about price drops. Searching for multiple dates and airports will also give you the best chance of finding a bargain. Skyscanner’s Whole Month and Everywhere search tools help you do this in a few clicks so you can bag a bargain.”

Top tips for finding the best travel deals for Saudi National Day and beyond, according to Skyscanner Travel Expert Ayoub El Mamoun:

Mix and match for big savings: “Mixing and matching the airlines you fly with can significantly reduce costs. Fares do not need to be booked as a round trip, look at whether you are flying out on one airline and out on another, or flying back from one airport to another.”

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Flex this data: “Searching for multiple dates and airports will give you the best chance of finding a bargain. Flight prices are all based on supply and demand. Because some dates are more popular than others, prices vary. With the search function for the whole month you can see cheap flights at a glance and choose the right offer for you. Consider traveling a day before or a day after your original departure dates as it is always cheaper to fly on less popular days of the week.”

wanderlust calls:“If you don’t have a specific destination in mind, you can search ‘everywhere’ on Skyscanner – it’s a great way to see what’s available, sorted by price, and can inspire you to go somewhere where you’ve never been before.