UAE, Saudi Arabia remain top destinations for UK travellers
Source: The Idea Agency , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Fri May 5, 2017 11:49 am

UAE. The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are the top destinations in the GCC preferred by business and leisure travellers from the United Kingdom, according to HotelsCombined, the leading accommodation comparison platform.

A review conducted by HotelsCombined of the top 10 countries travelling to GCC in 2016 revealed that more than 10 percent of the total visitors to UAE and KSA are from UK, followed by Australia and the United States. Other travellers are from South Korea, India, Sweden, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia’s proximity to the UK makes it a convenient destination for travellers seeking warm weather and world-class experience including an extensive range of shopping malls, finest restaurants, luxurious and comfortable accommodation and leisure attractions.

The study also revealed that 43 percent of those who booked their accommodation were between the 25 to 34 years old, followed by those aged 35 to 44, which comprised 30 percent of the total numbers.

Amer AlHalabi, general manager of HotelsCombined, said: “It is interesting to note that the GCC region can accommodate many types of travellers, be it tourists or business professionals. The presence of a variety of hotels, attractions, conferences, affordable packages and the warm weather are factors that contribute mostly to the decision of these travellers.”

Statistics from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) showed that in 2016, Western Europe is the second highest demand driver for travel to Dubai, accounting 21 percent of the total tourism volume, with more than 3.1 million tourists. The UK retained its position as Dubai’s number three market bringing in nearly 1.25 million visitors, while Germany stayed within the top 10 list with 460,000 visitors.

AlHalabi added: “We can see a robust growth in the ME tourism industry because the region offers high end luxury developments and international standard attractions. We know that other popular destinations will be competing to attract these markets but the UAE and KSA are two of the countries in the region that have the resources and commitment to turn its vision into reality.”

HotelsCombined also highlighted that travellers to UAE and KSA are comprised mainly of families, couples and businesses. When searching for accommodation, these travellers look for luxury hotels, food and dining options, as well as sport and leisure attractions, spa and relaxation and other activities for family, businesses and couples.

HotelsCombined is a world leading hotel meta-search platform used by over 400 million travelers each year. It has partnered with thousands of booking sites such as, Expedia and Agoda to create a one-stop hotel search engine for travelers. HotelsCombined compares all the accommodations in just one search, showing users a complete range of hotels and prices to choose from. 

HotelsCombined’s website is also available as a mobile application for both iOS and Android, allowing users to find the best room rate in one quick and easy search. 

For more details about HotelsCombined, please visit 

About HotelsCombined:

HotelsCombined is the world’s leading hotel price comparison website. Our technology cuts through availability and prices from all the top travel sites in one simple search, helping millions of travellers to make the right accommodation decisions every year. By partnering with key online travel brands and hoteliers from around the world, HotelsCombined offers the best range of hotel deals so users can feel confident they’ve got the most from their booking. HotelsCombined is available in over 40 languages and delivers prices in 120 currencies. 



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