Learn about the most sought after tourist destinations in the Middle East … and where do UAE residents plan to spend their summer?

The travel statistics report, released by the search engine “Wego” and the website “Cleartrip”, revealed the trends of travelers and their willingness to travel after the “Covid-19” pandemic.

The results of the report confirmed that the UAE has maintained its position as a prestigious and popular tourist destination, which most of the survey participants plan to visit, as well as other countries in the region. He also revealed that the destinations of the residents of the UAE are: India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Nepal, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Georgia and Turkey.

positive perspective

The report, which surveyed the opinions and behaviors of 4,390 residents in the UAE and Saudi Arabia regarding travel issues, concluded with positive expectations for the travel sector in the short term as travelers seek to spend more money and travel on longer journeys and longer distances in 2022.

According to the report, many travelers are still looking for travel, with some caution.

According to a survey conducted by “Cleartrip”, 99% of the total participants confirmed that they received the vaccine “Covid-19”, while 1% of them denied this.

search rates

Wego data found that search rates for flights and hotels increased by 81% in February and 102% in March 2022, which clearly shows the growing recovery of tourists’ desire to travel.

Travelers also give priority to destinations with a low risk of infection, which offer a flexible and safe return journey, as most participants confirmed the selection of destinations that follow safety procedures and adhere to Covid-19 prevention protocols.

Accommodation directions

Wego data showed that hotels marked a significant increase in demand in all seasons, as holiday home search rates marked a significant increase of 136 percent, hotel rooms 92 percent and apartments 69 percent.

The length of stay on rental properties has increased by 19% in 2022 compared to the same period of 2021.

Wego found that travelers prefer to choose five-star hotels, which take stricter measures and give them a safer travel and accommodation experience, as search rates for five-star hotels have increased by 66%.

Travel costs

79% of respondents to the Cleartrip survey said they had noticed an increase in demand as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, rising travel ticket prices and unexpected circumstances that led to changes in flights, which contributed to a 20% increase in travel costs after the Covid crisis. -19 ».

78% of respondents indicated that they will travel at least once in the next three months, according to previously planned trips, which shows a positive outlook for the short-term travel sector.

Wego notes that longer vacations will be a trend this summer and travelers will spend more money on recreational and leisure trips, to make up for the time lost in closing periods.


The data showed that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the Maldives, Georgia, Turkey, Serbia and the Seychelles have maintained their position as prestigious and well-known tourist destinations, which most participants plan to visit.

flight costs

On the other hand, travel costs marked a significant increase in 2022 compared to 2019, as round-trip travel costs in the Middle East and North Africa increased by 20%, in Europe 39%, and in the countries of South Asia by 5% while outgoing travel costs recorded And return to India in particular, a clear increase of 21% compared to 2019.

The most popular destinations

As for the most popular destinations, the report found that the destinations of the residents of the UAE were: India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Nepal, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Georgia and Turkey.

In Saudi Arabia, international destinations were represented in: Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Philippines, Bangladesh and Bahrain.

The most popular destinations in the Middle East and North Africa are: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan and Morocco.

long journeys

The data of the report showed a 65% increase in the search rates for recreational trips between January and April 2022, compared to the same period of 2021. While the search rates for hotels marked a 29% increase between January and April of this year. year, compared to the same period last year.

Wego data show an increase in total flight duration and passenger stay and a trend towards long-haul flights, as flights for a period of four to seven days marked a 100% increase, while demand for flights for a period. from 8 to 11 days increased by 75%.

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