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Long Eid break in UAE: Air ticket prices soar by 20% as holidays draw closer.

Summary: Outbound flights during Eid Al Fitr fast running out

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Dubai: With UAE residents expecting a few days off at the end of Ramadan, airlines are cashing in on high demand for Eid Al Fitr travel by ratcheting up ticket prices.

The seats for flights from the UAE to top travel destinations are also fast running out, so travel is going to be pricier, or not guaranteed, for those who have yet to finalise their holiday plans.

Travel agents said that the rates for outbound travel during Eid, which is expected to commence on either June 3 or June 4, have so far gone up by 20 per cent, and more price increases are expected over the next few days.

"Given the high demand for seats on certain sectors, we have seen a rise of approximately 20 per cent on fares for flights during Eid. In some cases, seats are completely sold out, too," Premjit Bangara, general manager for travel at Sharaf Travel Services, told Gulf News .

He said residents in the UAE are particularly keen on travelling to Kenya, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Armenia for the Eid holidays.

However, there could be some deals left for those who haven't booked their trip yet. Emirates had earlier launched a 15-day ticket sale for flights to various destinations . Last-minute travellers have four days left to secure tickets.

The UAE government has just announced the start of Eid holidays in UAE.

Eid Al Fitr for the public sector will start on Sunday, June 2 and run for one week. Work for employees in the government sector will resume on Sunday, June 9.

As for the private sector, Eid Al Fitr will start on June 3 until the third of Shawwal. Work will resume on the fourth of Shawwal.

The first day of Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the fasting month and the holiday usually runs for more than a day. This year, Ramadan started on May 6.

The UAE Cabinet had earlier issued a list of holidays for 2019 and it specified that the Eid holidays will begin on the 29th day of Ramadan and last until Shawwal 3.

A list of UAE holidays indicates how long or when Eid Al Fitr should be celebrated in both private and public sectors. Image Credit: UAE government portal

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
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Date:May 26, 2019
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