Middle Eastern destinations are seeing an upsurge in Indian travelers

Digital travel agency agoda found a 26% increase in searches for stays in dubai and a 20% increase across the region (Riyadh, Jeddah, Al Khobar, Dammam, Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Manama) as Indian fans choose easily accessible neighboring states to base themselves for the sporting spectacle later this year (November 20-December 19).

“Football is a craze around the world, and Indians and Asians are eager to witness the mega event taking place in their backyard this year. But on top of that, they are taking advantage of Dubai’s proximity to Qatar to have a bit more time.” visit the wider region. Our champion offerings will leave a little more in the pockets of Indian travelers to explore the culinary, shopping and action-packed adventures this region has to offer,” said Krishna Rathi, Country Manager – India, Sri Lanka & Nepal, Agoda .

For action off the pitch, check out these ideas from Agoda when you visit the area:

Al Ain to Dubai

A 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, located in the east of the United Arab Emirates, Al Ain is a garden city filled with scenic spots surrounded by fruit trees and date palms. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site and attracts visitors to admire this wonder with its 4,000 years of history. Al Ain is home to over 147,000 trees and an ancient irrigation system that continues to supply them with water.

Properties to stay during your visit to Al Ain:

.Royal M Hotel & Resort Abu Dhabi

.Corniche Hotel Abu Dhabi

Hatta to Dubai

The Hatta adventure site is positioning itself as a world-class tourist destination, with visitors flocking to the Al Hajar Mountains which offer the chance to visit rock pools, dams and parks. Bordering Oman, Hatta is about 80 miles from Dubai. It has a wonderful bee garden which is also known for its apitherapy treatments. One can also enjoy birds and other wildlife at Swan Lake.

Choose a comfortable stay with Agoda discovering the mountain beauty of Dubai, Hatta:

.JA Hatta Fort Hotel

.Hatta Guest House

.Hatta Resorts

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia

While temperatures may drop in Jeddah, there are warm things to do. Why not explore the epitome of Arabic cuisine at Al Baik, see the Red Sea up close at Silver Sands Beach or visit the tallest lighthouse in the world called Seaport? The must-see King Fahd Fountain, which is the tallest fountain of its type in the world, projects water from the Red Sea up to 800 feet into the sky.

Enjoy easy access to the city’s must-see destinations with Agoda’s stay options:

.Grand Park Hotel

.Daya Al Hamra

.Hotel Iridium 70

Nizwa near Muscat

Not far from the main city of Muscat stands the ancient city of Nizwa, known as the capital of Islamic culture. This town dates back to the 17th century and was once a key trade route in the region. Full of history, forts, souks and deserts, Nizwa offers a picturesque view of Oman. While in town, you can enjoy the famous Nizwa Fort, well known for its 40m high round tower.

Check out these relaxing stays from Agoda as you explore the ancient wonder of Oman

.Levatio Hotel

.Sama Hotel

.City Seasons Hotel

Skiing Dubai to Dubai

For more sporty adventures that you certainly wouldn’t expect in the desert, head to Ski Dubai. With over 22,000 square miles of covered ski areas, Ski Dubai is the coolest destination to get away from the scorching sun, heat waves and Dubai’s liveliest crowds during the football tournament. Part of the Mall of Emirates, it is the largest ski center on the planet and boasts the world’s first indoor Black Diamond ski slope. It also includes an ice tower, climbing caves, penguin encounters and a children’s playground in a snow park.

Plan a luxury stay in Al Barsha while you plan to ski in Dubai:

.Kempinski Mall Of The Emirates Hotel

Hotel Elite Byblos

.Novotel Suites Dubai Mall of the Emirates

Skydiving in Dubai

If football isn’t enough to get your heart pumping, why not try a little SkyDive? Visitors can choose premium spots such as Palm Dropzone or Desert Dropzone for diving. The Skydiving in Dubai The team offers experiences as well as coaching classes to learn this breathtaking sport.

After this adventure, visitors can sample the luxury and culture of La Coco Dubai – a California-inspired restaurant located at Andaz Dubai The Palm that offers the best grilled stuffed peppers, vegan tostadas, marinated chicken and sweets with fresh fruits.

Be spoiled for choice with stays at:

.The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm

.Raffles La Palme

.Andaz Dubai The Palm – a Hyatt concept

The platform offered fantastic tips for maximizing travel and introduced Champion Deals in light of this increase. Agoda Champion offers offer great value and an additional 12% discount for Visa cardholders, available through December 31.

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