Yas Island Survey: GCC residents highlight what they look for on their next vacation

A survey of 897 GCC residents reveals that vacationers want to connect with family, to have fun and simply relax when on holiday

Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 27, 2021: Yas Island, one of the world’s leading leisure and entertainment hubs, recently conducted a survey to discover what GCC residents really want when planning a vacation. The research, which surveyed almost 900 participants across the region – including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar as well as Kuwait – comes as regional border restrictions ease.

GCC residents revealed that the number one thing they were looking for in a vacation was being able to spend time with their family, with 37% sharing that they are seeking quality family time during their travels, with 47% of GCC travellers citing family activities as a must-have when travelling abroad. Almost half of over 45 year olds hoped to spend much deserved time with family members during a holiday. 

With Yas Island’s extensive range of attractions for the whole family, vacationers can experience a destination like no other and enjoy the wide diversity of rides, hotels, retail and dining outlets available on Yas Island.

Researchers also found that over one third of GCC residents are looking to escape into a world of relaxation when heading on a vacation. Holidaymakers based in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia look for a relaxing vacation, with 47%, 37%, 33% and 31% of respondents respectively sharing that they prioritise rest and relaxation.

Additionally, 46% of survey respondents stated that a great beach was a ‘must have’ during a vacation in the UAE. With world-class hotels, stunning beaches, and more, all offered at Yas Island, there are few better spots in the UAE to be able to relax on.

The survey also found that almost one third of GCC respondents are hoping to ‘have fun’ when travelling on vacations. 68% of respondents between the 18 and 34 age group listed fun as a top priority. With Yas Island filled with attractions, including the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, and Warner Bros. WorldTM Abu Dhabi,  as well as the world’s biggest indoor skydiving flight chamber and region’s tallest indoor climbing wall at CLYMBTM Abu Dhabi, Yas Island holds all the ingredients to provide fun for all throughout their time.

29% of survey respondents revealed a must-have on any trip abroad were safety assurances – 33% Qatar, 29% Bahrain, 26% Oman and 24.7% Saudi Arabia. With a wide range of health and safety measures ongoing at Yas Island, including regular sanitization of all attractions and hotels, alongside the mandatory wearing of face masks, the destination is well-known for being one of the safest in the UAE.

With regional borders having recently opened to Abu Dhabi and a comprehensive range of safety and wellness guidelines firmly in place, Yas Island looks to welcome back travellers from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar with a vacation like no other.

To discover more, and for more information, please visit: yasisland.ae

About Yas Island

Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi – just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and spectacular musical, entertainment and family events… all within the 25 sq km Island.  Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX™), Yas Marina, the award-winning Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, Yas Mall. With eight hotels, including W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island by Rotana, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, plus more than 165 dining experiences, the destination also features indoor and outdoor concert venues including MAD and Etihad Arena – all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.

For more info, please visit: www.yasisland.ae

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