Over 50% of UAE residents take at least one business trip a year – Expedia

A survey by the online travel site found that Western expats in the UAE travel most often for business



Over half of UAE residents – 53 per cent – travel on business at least once a year, according to a new survey by online travel site Expedia.

The survey, which spoke to over 1,000 UAE residents in May 2015, found that respondents take an average of two business trips annually.

Western expats were found to travel the most for business, taking on average 2.7 business trips per year. They were followed by Emiratis, who travel 2.5 times annually and Asian respondents who make an average of 1.7 trips per year.

In terms of length of stay, 47 per cent of business trips are less than four days, 33 per cent last between four to seven days, and the remaining 20 per cent of business trips last more than a week.

The age of respondents also influenced the length of trips, the survey found.

Respondents aged 30-39 take the longest business trips, lasting on average nine days, while those aged 18-29 take trips averaging six days.

The survey, which also polled respondents about leisure travel, found that 86 per cent of all UAE residents go on vacation at least once a year.

On average, they take three trips per year, travelling for around 15 days, the survey stated.

Across nationalities, Emiratis take the highest number of leisure trips per year (four), followed by Westerners and Arab expats (three), followed by Asians, who take about two trips per year.

In terms of length of stay, Asians topped the list with an average of 16 days, followed by Westerners and Arab expats (15 days) and Emiratis (12 days). Close to half of the respondents – 48 per cent – said they took breaks that last over two weeks.

The survey also found that married couples with children take an average of two holiday trips annually, married couples without children take four trips, while singles take three breaks.

Residents aged 40 years and above take the longest holidays with an average of 17 days, those aged 30-39 take 16 days and those aged 18-29 take 14 days off.

Expedia director of e-commerce Eman Barhoumeh said: “The study also asked UAE residents who they travel with and found that 60 per cent travel with their families – including 65 per cent of Arab expats, 61 per cent of Asian residents, 54 per cent of Emiratis, and 45 per cent of Westerners.”

The UAE’s central location combined with the fact that it is well-connected across the world thanks to airlines such as Emirates, Etihad and flydubai, means that residents travel fairly often.

A previous study by Expedia that analysed vacation days used by workers around the world found that UAE residents are given – and take – a full 30 days of vacation each year.

That’s almost twice the number of vacation days taken by their peers across Asia-Pacific. For instance, while workers in Australia, New Zealand, India and Japan are offered 20 days of leave, the vacation days they take are usually 15 or 10 (in Japan).