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Top travel destinations for UAE residents this summer

Top travel destinations for UAE residents this summer
10 July 2024 23:13

MAYS IBRAHIM (ABU DHABI)

As summer heats up, UAE residents are eagerly planning their international getaways, with the UAE-based Dnata Travel reporting a significant surge in bookings compared to last year.

Here are the top destinations capturing the attention of travelers from the Emirates this summer.

Thailand
Thailand, nestled in Southeast Asia, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage and diverse ecosystems, making it a magnet for global travelers seeking paradise on earth.

Starting June 1, 2024, UAE residents can enjoy an extended stay of up to 60 days with a visa exemption scheme, previously set at 30 days.

Maldives
The Maldives is a constellation of idyllic islands in South Asia, beckoning with its pristine white beaches, luxurious resorts, and azure waters perfect for diving and relaxation.

UAE residents can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival, ensuring hassle-free entry to this tropical haven.

Mauritius
Mauritius, famed for its stunning beaches and vibrant marine life, offers UAE residents a visa-free stay of up to 90 days.

Beyond its coastal allure, the island boasts lush landscapes ideal for hiking and exploration, making it a captivating destination year-round.

Turkey
Turkey enchants visitors with its blend of ancient wonders and Mediterranean allure.

UAE residents can easily apply for a three-month, multiple-entry e-visa, simplifying travel for leisure or business purposes to this crossroads of civilizations. 

United Kingdom
Obtaining a UK visa is a necessary first step for UAE residents who intend to visit the country.

UAE citizens can benefit from the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme, facilitating multiple entries to the UK over a two-year period.

This streamlined process enhances accessibility for travelers seeking to explore the UK's diverse offerings.

Dnata Travel Insights
Dnata Travel, a leading travel provider based in the UAE, has announced a notable surge of 35% in bookings for international travel from the Emirates during July and August 2024 compared to the corresponding period last year.

Notably, Mauritius has risen to become one of the top three most-booked holiday spots, marking a significant shift from earlier summer trends.

Alongside Germany and Malaysia, Mauritius stands out as one of the fastest-growing destinations for dnata Travel customers in summer 2024.

International trips dominate dnata Travel's summer agenda this year, constituting a substantial 90% of overall bookings, with only 10% opting for UAE staycations.

This reflects a marked preference for outbound travel compared to the 65% international and 35% staycation split observed over the Eid al-Adha break in 2024, underscoring a growing demand for travel abroad among UAE residents.

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