Hotel price comparison website, HotelsCombined reveals that international hotel bookings are up by 35% compared to domestic bookings for UAE National Day weekend, according to recent data analysis.

The most popular international destinations for the holiday weekend include Muscat, Mecca, London, Medina and Istanbul. As well as being the most sought-after destination Muscat is also the most expensive, with a hotel room costing travellers an average of AED 1,100 per night. Mecca and Medina offer more affordable accommodation, with rates sitting at AED 693 and AED 594 per night respectively, while London and Istanbul have the cheapest rates on offer, AED 521 and AED 176 per night.

Amer Alhalabi, regional manager MENA, HotelsCombined said: "The UAE local or expat population love to take advantage of long weekends or holiday breaks. Their target destinations are always planned on the basis of offers or air fare. Be it a domestic or regional holiday arrangement, planning and booking of these trips are usually done in advance to secure availability and good prices. Depending on demand, hotels normally increase their rates especially during peak seasons. Therefore, there's always a variation in prices that makes the decision process longer thus inducing guests to book from their desktop rather than mobile."

Passengers travelling through Dubai Airport this weekend are advised to arrive earlier than normal in order to avoid delays. Emirates said more than 113,000 passengers are expected to pass through Terminal 3 and its three concourses from Wednesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 3, according to the latest booking figures.

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