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Airbnb New Year’s eve bookings spike in UAE

DUBAI, December 11, 2018

The number of people staying in homes listed on Airbnb in the UAE is set to more than double during New Year’s Eve, the company said. 
 
The popular global platform is currently seeing a 108 per cent spike in bookings during the New Year period, as travellers head to the Emirates to enjoy the celebrations. This figure is only expected to rise as the holiday season approaches.
 
The surge in bookings to stay in Airbnb properties throughout the UAE is led by visitors from the US and the UK, while domestic travel from residents within the UAE is also proving hugely popular.
 
The top New Year’s Eve destination for guests travelling from the UAE is Dubai, with many locals looking to celebrate in the region, closely followed by Cape Town, London, Beirut and Paris.
 
Globally, guests using Airbnb over the New Year period has grown hugely over the past decade. On December 31, 2009, Airbnb calculated that 1,400 people used the platform to book a home away from home. Founder Brian Chesky tweeted last NYE that over 3 million people stayed in Airbnb listed properties during the turn of the year.
 
The alternative options for travellers that Airbnb provides aid the UAE’s agenda to grow and diversify the tourism base. In October, the UAE cabinet announced rules that allow visitors to extend their visit and tourist visas twice, for just Dh600 per extension, without the need to leave the country. 
 
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, declared the aim to attract 21-23 million tourists by 2022 and 23-25 million visitors by 2025. Airbnb provides an alternative choice of accommodation option, as it grows across the region, helping to support the touristic vision and goals of the UAE, the company added.-TradeArabia News Service 
 



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