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|21 March, 2018

UAE, Saudi among top travel destinations for Arabs

Travellers enjoy value-for-money holidays as UAE and Saudi Arabia register decrease in price paid for rooms in 2017.

Madinat Jumeirah and the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Madinat Jumeirah and the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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The UAE and Saudi Arabia have emerged among the most popular holiday destinations for Arab travellers in 2017, a survey has revealed.

On top of the list was Turkey, followed by UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt, Thailand, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, France and Germany completed the list of 10 destinations in the Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com.

Despite global increases in accommodation prices, the UAE and Saudi Arabia witnessed a decrease in prices paid per night for hotel accommodation by 4 per cent and 9 per cent, respectively.

Isabelle Pinson, vice-president, EMEA for Hotels.com brand, commented: "Although hotel prices rose for travellers globally in 2017, Arab travellers enjoyed great value for money in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and USA, due to the decrease in daily room rates in these destinations."

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Globally, the report revealed a 2 per cent hike in accommodation prices for the first time in three years. Also, it was good news for newlyweds as they paid up to 18 per cent less per night for popular honeymoon hotspots such as Cyprus (-18 per cent), Maldives (-5 per cent) and Italy (-12 per cent), compared to those booking in 2016.

Johan Svanstrom, president, Hotels.com brand said: "The slight increase in average accommodation prices globally combined with numerous markets having record visitor growth, signals a strong travel economy and a growing desire from consumers to experience the world. Cultural events have inspired travel more than ever before as we aspire not to just stand by and observe the action, but to instead actually be part of it."

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