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Admit it, you are a workaholic. You may not exactly like the tag, but if you are one among the millions who never complete their leave allowance in a year due to work pressure, you are a certified workaholic.
And now a British Airways commissioned survey reveals what we knew – an overwhelming majority of UAE residents do not use up their leaves. Sounds familiar? Read on.
According to the study, about 62 per cent of UAE residents said they had leftover holiday or leave allowance at the end of 2017. This research was undertaken by BA through a survey of 1000 employed adults in a bid to understand the travel habits, preferences and frequency of holidays taken by its customers.
But it looks like UAE residents feel they are too busy to take time off from work to travel. Perhaps it’s also got to do with the guilt factor – most people feel guilty if they use up their entitled leaves! The survey says that one in five people admitted to feeling guilty when they use their full holiday allowance.
The survey also revealed that going on a two-week holiday abroad to fully experience a destination was nothing but a pipe dream for 24 per cent of residents who claimed they felt pressured not to take that long off in one break. Additionally, 31 per cent of working residents actively choose not to go on a two-week break, fearing the amount of work that would pile up in their absence.
Even with these stats, UAE residents are reportedly enjoying more holidays than the global norm with a whopping six getaways abroad per year on average. While the UAE-based survey participants may be holidaying more frequently per year, they’re spending less time on each break - 55 per cent of respondents claimed they only go on holidays for less than two weeks, while 63 per cent wished they spent longer in their destination and 25 per cent claimed they didn’t see everything they wanted to.
Contrastingly, over a third of employed adults in the UAE use their leave allowance to stay at home. Family commitments, DIY and personal admin are the top reasons for taking individual days off, with a fifth admitting they end up completing work regardless.
While the survey may seem depressing, there is some good news for travel lovers. British Airways has come up with some delightful discounts so that they are encouraged to holiday and enjoy life a bit more! Now, travellers can book return flights to London starting at just AED 2,375, and on to places in Europe including Paris for as little as AED 2525. The special fares campaign offer runs across all its cabins with travel valid from tomorrow until 12 December 2018.
The bottomline: switching off from the buzz of working life begins with the flight to your destination of choice. So take up on these offers and fly off to Europe for that much-needed break.