Are UAE residents likely to book a staycation this summer?

Hotels and resorts across the country have begun offering competitive staycation offers to attract residents

Hotels and resorts across the UAE have begun offering competitive staycation offers in a bid to attract residents

Hotels and resorts in the UAE may be worried about luring international tourists back to the country amid a Covid-19 pandemic, but they won’t have to worry about attracting residents.

Over half of the UAE’s residents are likely to book a staycation this summer, according to a survey by Time Out.

The Social Distancing Survey asked more than 1,000 adults in May whether they would book staycations in the UAE and Oman this summer as hotels and resorts reopen access to their facilities.

Around 18% of respondents said they would definitely book a staycation, while 34% said they are likely to do so.

However 26% said they were unlikely to opt for a staycation this summer, while 13% said they definitely would not, and 9% said they do not book staycations to begin with.

Last month Dubai announced the reopening of hotel beaches, while hospitality establishments in Northern Emirate Ras Al Khaimah kept their beach shores open throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.

But as restrictions are eased across the country, hotels and resorts have begun offering competitive staycation offers in a bid to attract residents whose travel options are currently limited.

While 22% of respondents to the Time Out survey said they had never booked staycations, 24% said they booked at least once a year, 22% said they booked at least twice a year, 21% booked three-to-four times a year, 8% booked once every two months and 3% booked once a month.

For more from Time Out’s Social Distancing Survey, click here.

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