Disney Destinations reveals top 2019 UAE family travel trends

Nearly a quarter of survey of respondents aged 18-29 put disconnecting from technology at the top of their priorities

Abu Dhabi and Dubai ranked bonding and reconnecting as a priority for family holiday
Amy Smith
Abu Dhabi and Dubai ranked bonding and reconnecting as a priority for family holiday

A recent survey of UAE residents, conducted by Disney Destinations has revealed the emotional elements at play when it comes to modern families spending quality time together.

The majority of parents (91%) recount equal or increased levels of satisfaction with the quality of time spent with their children when on family vacations, with seven out of ten Emirati respondents citing bonding and reconnecting as a family as their favourite element of family holidays.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai ranked bonding and reconnecting as a priority for family holiday (63% and 58% respectively), whereas those respondents in Sharjah favoured taking a break from work/school routine as an attractive element of taking a family holiday (68%).

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Younger families, with parents ages 19-29 years old, attributed ‘disconnecting from technology’ as their priority on family holidays (23%) with long working hours (68%) and time spent using technology and social media (38%) being listed as common modern lifestyle traits which can interfere with creating meaningful family moments in day-to-day life.

Disney Destinations VP sales and marketing Peter Welch said: “As everyday life becomes more hectic and complex, vacations become an ever more vital part of the calendar. These adventures allow us to enhance our routines in a positive way and reconnect with family and friends, resulting in moments and memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.”

Psychologist Dr. Elena Andrioti also commented: “Our hectic busy lives are filled with stressors that tend to accumulate throughout the year. These daily stressors can take a toll on physical and psychological health. A well-organised vacation filled with unplugged quality family time can break this stress cycle and allow us to reset and simply let go of our usual routines. So, take a break, create memories, bond with your loved ones, indulge in great food, enjoy various activities get some uninterrupted sleep and soak in that sunshine.”

Disney Destinations provides a range of entertainment and recreational destinations, including Disneyland Paris, eight Disney hotels and resorts; Orlando’s Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line.

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