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Majority of UAE residents had leftover leave at the end of 2017

Over one in five respondents feel guilty when using their full holiday allowance

Majority of UAE residents had leftover leave at the end of 2017

As many as 62 per cent of UAE residents had leftover leave at the end of 2017, according to a study carried out by British Airways, with over a fifth of respondents feeling guilty when they have used their full holiday allowance.

Data also showed that two in three UAE residents did not manage to fully switch off on holiday, while over a third feeling too busy to take time off work to travel.

Despite the stats, however, UAE residents enjoy more holidays than the global norm, with six getaways abroad per year on average, though they spend less time on each break.

A total of 55 percent of respondents claimed they go on holiday for less than two weeks, while 63 per cent wished they spent longer in their destination.

Moreover, 56 percent of respondents cited cities across Europe as their preferred holiday destinations.

Additionally, over a third of employed adults in the UAE use their leave allowance to stay at home, with family commitments and personal admin as top reasons for taking individual days off.

In a bid to encourage UAE residents to take more time off, British Airways is offering special fares across all its cabins until March 6, with travel valid until 12 December 2018. Travellers can book return flights to cities in Europe, including Paris for AED2,525.

The global study commissioned by the airline surveyed 1,000 employed adults across several countries including the UAE.

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