Trend Alert: UAE residents prefer staycations

By DG Staff

DUBAI 21 September 2019: More and more UAE nationals and residents prefer staycations, even during the hottest months.

Crunching three-months’ worth of numbers from 22nd May through to 22nd August (a key booking period for travelers around the world), Airbnb has identified the growth of staycations and domestic travel from residents within the United Arab Emirates as the number one summer trend.

Following Airbnb’s Arabic Website launch earlier this summer, this data indicates growth across the region: Ras Al Khaimah is proving popular with a 66% boost in year-on-year summer visitor numbers to stays on Airbnb, while there was a 59% growth during the same period for stays in Dubai.

Saudi Arabia visitors topped the list of foreign nationalities booking stays on Airbnb in UAE, followed by the United States and United Kingdom.

List of visitors to the UAE by country of booking (Summer 2019)*:

  1. United Arab Emirates
  2. Saudi Arabia
  3. United States
  4. United Kingdom
  5. France
  6. India
  7. China
  8. Australia
  9. Germany
  10. Canada

As of 1 January 2019 in the UAE, 10,000 listings were available on the Airbnb platform and hosts in the UAE welcomed more than 145,000 guests from around the world.