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Tourism from Middle East to Turkey Part II: UAE

Posted on 16 October 2009

Turkey is becoming one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. This is understandable given the vastness of the countries cultures, benefits, climates, varied locations and differing climates — something for everyone you could say.

Because of its predominantly Muslim ethnic make-up, Turkey is understandably a very popular destination with those travelling abroad from within the middle east for cultural and activity based holidays. We will be looking in detail at how this market has matured, how accessibility has improved, how flights have gotten more affordable and much more on a country by country basis.

Part II: United Arab Emirates

It may come as quite a surprise to some, but tourism (well, travel) from the UAE to Turkey is massive. As a result it is a route well served by airlines from UAE, Turkey and from around the world.

In July this year, Air Arabia doubled the frequency of its flights between Sharjah, the UAE’s third largest Emirate and Istanbul to cope with increased seasonal demand.

The carrier’s head of commercial said the move was indicative that Istanbul was becoming a popular destination for Gulf-based travellers.

"It offers an accessible and value-for-money summer holiday break," said Air Arabia head of commercial AK Nizar.

The low-cost flights to Turkey are also being offered as part of a package through the airline’s new holiday division, Air Arabia Holidays.

In the last few years the number of flights between the UAE and Turkey has increased dramatically, as has the number of carriers servicing the route, and the number of budget flights. Here are some airlines that service the route, there may be more but these are the ones we could find:

Flying from Dubai:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Emirates
  • AZAL
  • EgyptAir
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines

Flying from Abu Dhabi:

  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • EgyptAir
  • GulfAir

Flying from Sharjah

  • Air Arabia
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • nas air
  • EgyptAir
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Syrian Air
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Aegean Airlines

Flying from Al Ain

  • Gulf Air
  • Oman Air
  • Etihad Airways
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian
  • MEA

As you can see, travel from UAE to Turkey is very well catered for. In October an indirect flight from Al Ain to Istanbul will set you back around 1,100  Turkish Lira, currently that is £460 for a return, but the Pound is currently strengthening against the Lira, so this is getting cheaper.

A direct flight from Dubai to Istanbul also in October is on Skyscanner now for 600 Turkish Lira, which is £251 for a return.

Of course flights are available to destinations throughout Turkey, and flights will be more or less expensive at different times of the year. We simply hope to illustrate just how popular Turkey is with travellers from the United Arab Emirates, and how easy said travel is.

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