Airbnb data reveals trends in stays in the United Arab Emirates during the summer season

United Arab Emirates: According to internal data from Airbnb, more and more nationals and residents of the United Arab Emirates prefer stays, even during the summer season.

Between the high travel season between May 22 and August 22, the online platform highlighted the increase in the number of stays and domestic trips for nationals of the United Arab Emirates as a number one trend for the summer.

After Airbnb launched its Arabic-language website earlier this year, data revealed that Ras Al Khaimah was an increasingly popular tourist destination with a 66% increase in summer stays year-over-year. At the same time, Dubai has seen a 59% growth over the same period in terms of stays.

The introduction of Arabic language on the website and its app encouraged more guests from the MENA (Middle East and Africa) region to the UAE. Saudi travelers are the most registered foreign nationals to book stays on the Airbnb platform, with the United States and the United Kingdom just behind in the list.

The list of visitors to the UAE by booking country over the summer period is as follows:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United States
  • UK
  • France
  • India
  • China
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Canada

Airbnb’s accommodation marketplace offers a diverse range of accommodations and unique experiences that allow travelers to integrate into their local communities.

At the start of the year, Airbnb had around 10,000 listings available on its platform as the country welcomed more than 145,000 visitors from around the world, boosting the tourism statistics the UAE had set itself to improve.

Some of the most booked Airbnb experiences in the United Arab Emirates include:

  • Cultural walk: the Louvre in Abu Dhabi
  • Tea ceremony: Chinese tea ceremony with Tony and Master Eva
  • Dance lessons: salsa in Dubai
  • Dance Party: Dance on Dubai’s Hip Hop Cardio Stage

UAE staycation trend follows Airbnb’s signing of a memorandum of understanding [MoU] with Tourism in Dubai [DTCM] in 2016 and Ras Al Khaimah in 2018 to encourage industry standard practices and responsible accommodation within the Emirates to further boost tourism figures.

For more information, visit the Airbnb website here.

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