Short holidays to Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka are in demand

( Tour specialists in the UAE are seeing an unprecedented surge in travel bookings for the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays even before the official dates are announced.

Agencies confirmed that they have been swamped with booking requests, with airline tickets to nearby destinations, as well as hotel rooms, selling very fast as residents anticipate a five-day break in September, as reported by

The government has yet to announce the Eid holidays, but there have been speculations that the first day of Eid Al Adha will fall on Sunday, September 11. If advance astronomical calculations are correct, employees will enjoy at least a 5-day break from Friday, September 9.

Suraj Ramesh, tours manager of Al Badie Travel Agency, said they have been quite busy lately, as booking requests for the Eid period have increased significantly. He said that families who have just returned from vacation during the school break are again gearing up to take short trips to popular destinations abroad.

“We have so far closed transactions with about 30 to 35 families who are planning to travel during Eid holidays next month. Short holidays to Maldives, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka are in demand,” Ramesh told Gulf News on Thursday.

According to Digvijay Pratap, co-founder and managing director of, residents are looking to spend 5 days away, citing that their customers are securing bookings to travel specifically on September 9 to 13.

“There is a tremendous increase in bookings from UAE for the upcoming Eid holidays. The numbers have literally doubled compared to the previous month,” said Pratap.

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