Eid holidaymakers flock to Dubai

01/09/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Eid holidaymakers flock to Dubai

People in the UAE celebrating Eid have headed to Dubai this year, with hotels almost at full occupancy.Travel agents say that because of the late announcement of the Muslim festival and the timing of the holiday after people have been to far-flung places on their summer holidays, more people are exploring local emirates.Speaking to Khaleej Times, Abdul Hakim Aziz, business development manager of Sama International Holidays, noted: "This year, people are going to Dubai. There was a need for accommodation near or connected to any mall because of the weather. And because of this high demand and last minute bookings, the rates are very high."Meanwhile, Raed Elhajj, holidays manager at the Abu Dhabi Travel Bureau, told the news provider that the high demand for holidays in Dubai has led to almost full occupancy. Even hotels in Fujairah are full, he claimed.However, it was not just August that saw hotels fill up in Dubai. Figures published by STR Global last week show that in July there was a 23 per cent increase in occupancy compared to the same month last year.