UAE resident 'staycations' account for most Airbnb bookings over Eid

European destinations have proved popular for outgoing Eid travellers this year
UAE resident 'staycations' account for most Airbnb bookings over Eid
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 02 Jun 2019 01:58 PM

UAE ‘staycations’ by residents account for the most local Airbnb bookings over the Eid Al Fitr travel period, according to statistics from Airbnb.

The US and UK complete the top three countries of origins for guests in the UAE during this time, followed by Saudi Arabia, France, India, China, Germany, Russia and Canada.

For those leaving the UAE for Eid this year, European vacations are proving popular, with Italy and Spain topping  the list, followed by Poland, France, Austria, Greece, Germany, Cyprus and Portugal.

At a city level, the most popular destination for UAE Eid travellers between May 30 and June 8 were Vienna, Rome, and Barcelona.

Other popular city destinations included the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Krakow in Poland, Kiev, Berlin, Lviv, Paris and Odessa.

In late May, Airbnb launched its Arabic website in a bit to grow its presence across the Middle East and North-Africa region, where it has over 70,000 listings.

All features in in the localised web platform and iOS and Android apps will be accessible in Arabic, including listing pages with thousands of bookable homes.

As of January 2019, it has experienced a 63 percent year-on-year growth in UAE visitors, according internal Airbnb data, having welcomed over 145,000 guests from around the world compared to an estimated 90,000 guests in the same time last year.

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