Winter travel bookings surge in UAE, KSA: Skyscanner

Bookings for return economy travel from the UAE in November and December rose 83% month-on-month in August, with the Philippines and India topping the list, said Skyscanner, a leading travel marketplace.

The most popular length of stay is two weeks to a month (43% of bookings), he added;

Top winter destinations for travelers from the United Arab Emirates:

1. Philippines

2. India

3.Pakistan

4. Great Britain

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 November: AED 241 ($65.60)

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

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

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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. United Arab Emirates

5. Great Britain

6.Thailand

7. Egypt

8.Pakistan

9. Indonesia

10. Italy

Live Skyscanner winter deals for Saudi travelers searching Anywhere:

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

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Ayoub El Mamoun, Skyscanner Travel Expert, said: “We continue to see booking behavior returning to pre-pandemic and seasonal norms as travelers seek to make the most of their trips after a long period of lockdown 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.

“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.”

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“Mixing and matching the airlines you fly with can significantly reduce costs. Fares don’t need to be booked as a round trip, look at whether you’re going on one airline and coming back on another, or flying back from one airport to another,” Mamoun added.

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