Dnata's top 5 outbound summer destinations for UAE travellers

Dnata's top 5 outbound summer destinations for UAE travellers

International bookings from UAE up 35% year-on-year

UAE travel provider Dnata has reported a 35% increase in bookings for international travel across July and August 2024, compared to the same period last year. 

According to Dnata, the top five destinations for UAE travellers this summer are: 

  1. Thailand
  2. The Maldives
  3. Mauritius
  4. Turkey 
  5. UK 

Compared to trends released earlier in the summer, Mauritius has risen in popularity joining the top three most-booked holiday destinations and it’s expected to be one of the fastest-growing holiday locations for dnata’s travellers, alongside Germany and Malaysia.

Thailand: Dnata's most popular outbound destination for UAE travellers

As many as 90% of bookings are for trips out of the UAE, compared to 10% for those opting for UAE staycations. 

In comparison, the split was reported by Dnata Travel experts as 65% international and 35% staycations over the Eid al-Adha break for 2024, with demand for outbound travel witnessing a significant increase.

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“International travel is in high demand this summer, with destinations including Mauritius, Malaysia and Germany witnessing some of the strongest growth we’ve seen this year,” noted Meerah Ketait, Dnata Travel’s Head of Retail and Leisure UAE. 

“Mauritius and Malaysia offer the chance to stay on world-class beaches and in exceptional resorts at affordable prices. Kuala Lumpur is also a popular destination in Asia for a city break for its impressive skyline, and opportunities for shopping and dining. 

“Meanwhile, Germany’s vibrant cities are popular this month, as travellers seek to soak up the action of the UEFA European Football Championship, taking place across the country.”

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