2021 Trending Destinations

Skyscanner Reveals 2021 Trending Destinations for MENA Travelers

Skyscanner announced the trending destinations for Eid Al Fitr2021 and the extended summer period. 

The research demonstrates that the time is now for travel, as MENA travelers are eager to travel safely and responsibly as soon as they can.

The top searches for travelers within the UAE and Saudi Arabia during the Eid period included Cairo, Amman and Alexandria for families, whereas groups are turning their attention to Ibiza and Malaga and couples are looking to go to the Maldives, Mauritius and Santorini. For UAE travelers, staycations are still prioritized, with Abu Dhabi, Fujairah or Ras Al Khaimah proving popular.

Top trending search destinations for families in 2021 Vs 2019: 

Tunis CarthageBengaluru

Top trending search destinations for couples in 2021 Vs 2019: 

Santorini (Thira)Phuket

Top trending search destinations for groups in 2021 Vs 2019: 

ChicagoKuala Lumpur
ZurichHong Kong

According to Skyscanner’s recent travel trends report – ‘Skyscanner Horizons – The Return of Travel’ – that revealed the top trending destinations globally, Dubai was ranked the 4th most popular destination, likely driven by travelers looking for a holiday, as well as wanting to reunite with friends and family to celebrate Eid.

The comprehensive report also highlights that travelers are making their holidays count, as global average trip length is 16 days in 2021 – two days higher in comparison to 2019 averages. This is a result of shorter journey times as travelers opt for trips that are closer to home, particularly from June to September, with longer trips in October 2021. In 2019, the average journey time during June to October was 11 hours. This has fallen to 10 hours in 2021.

Ayoub El Mamoun, Global Travel Expert at Skyscanner shares his tips on how to bag a good last-minute deal and plan ahead for future travels: “Safe and responsible travel remains a key topic for MENA consumers and with travel beginning to re-open across the region, travelers are eager to getting back out to explore again, as safely as possible.With the ever-changing travel restrictions, we’re seeing more and more travelers wait until the last minute to book travel. But it can be daunting for anyone thinking about a last-minute break to book with peace of mind. The best way to make sure you’re covered is purchasing a flexible ticket- you can use the Flexible search filter on Skyscanner to select flights with policies that entitle you to a refund, while others let you rearrange for another date if circumstances change. Travel insurance and the right level of cover is also more important than ever – make sure any existing policy you have in place covers you for the travel you are looking to book.” 

Travel is returning in the region at a strong pace and we are seeing bright lights on the horizon for MENA outbound travel, with pent-up demand for travel for UAE and Saudi Arabian travelers being particularly prolific. On Skyscanner, interest in both regional and international flights have increased steadily from UAE travelers, with a lift of 23% in searches and even more dramatically from Sauditravellers, where there was an increase of 110% in searches from February to March of this year.

The news follows the recent launch of Skyscanner’s Arabic platform, which is available on desktop, mobile web or via the app, enabling travelers to select Arabic as a language option to access more localised content, including local currency and a better user experience when linking to partner sites to complete their travel bookings.

In addition, when travelers select a flight option with a partner, they will automatically be redirected to the Arabic locale on the partner’s site, where it is offered as a language option, ensuring a smoother, more user-friendly experience.

Skyscanner is already a well-established player in the region, with Etihad Airways, Emirates and Air Arabia all participating in the travel marketplace’s direct booking platform.  

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