Thailand is the top summer destination for UAE travellers, says Dnata

Thailand is the top summer destination for UAE travellers, says Dnata

Affordability is a key factor in making Thailand the most popular holiday choice

Dnata Travel, the UAE’s longest-standing travel provider, has revealed that Thailand is the most popular destination for UAE travellers for this year’s summer travel season.

The UAE-based travel brand has so far recorded an 185% increase in the total number of travel bookings made for summer 2022 compared to the same time period in 2021.

A total of 64% of hotel bookings are for international properties, while 34% represent UAE-based staycations. 

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The top 10 destinations for UAE travellers to book a holiday package, including flights and hotels, with Dnata Travel are: Thailand, Maldives, Turkey, Mauritius, UK, Indonesia, Italy, USA, Spain and France.

Flight-only leisure travel bookings are also proving popular for friends and family travel during the Eid al-Adha break in July with top destinations including India, Egypt, Philippines, Turkey, and the UK.

The top locations of choice for UAE travellers to Thailand this summer with Dnata Travel are Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui. Thailand holiday packages for 2022, inclusive of seven nights in a four or five star hotel, meal plans, return flights and more, start from AED3,480 per person.


Other destinations witnessing notable growth this summer in terms of holiday bookings from the UAE include Oman, Canada, Germany and Austria, as mountain resorts remain popular with travellers seeking to escape into nature.  

Commenting on the findings Meerah Ketait, Dnata Travel head of Retail and Leisure UAE, said: “The top five holiday destinations for UAE travellers in 2022 have typically made up our top locations for international travel bookings pre-pandemic. With more locations opening up to travellers this year and with eased restrictions, we have witnessed our 2021 summer holiday hotspots the Maldives and Turkey joined once again by ever-popular destinations Thailand, Mauritius and the UK.

“Thailand has risen quickly to become the top international holiday destination for UAE travellers in summer 2022 since it reopened for tourism. Alongside the world-class resorts, experiences, food and abundance of natural attractions that the country has to offer, cost-effective holiday offers across its cities and islands are extremely popular.”

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