From dune bashing in the Arabian Desert to unique shopping experiences at the world’s most lavish malls, we cover it all
When looking for advice for any destination you are travelling to, the best is likely to come from two sources: a) those who live there (locals) and b) those who have been there before. It’s is easy to find the latter on any travel website in the world, but local experts, who will know the area better than any intrepid adventurer who has previously visited the region are a little harder to come by.
The newly launched EmiratesYOO is a unique online travel resource created by Kuoni that provides the most-up-to-date local information about the United Arab Emirates. The fresh website allows consumers from around the world to not only book trips to the country, hotels and excursions, but also has a dedicated team of local residents who will interact with potential and booked travellers, giving them vast insights into the region.
Girma Wossenseged, the Head of EmiratesYOO, says, “EmiratesYOO” is the best source for getting you off the beaten tourist track. Kuoni has had over 100 years of experience in creating some of the most rewarding travel destinations and experiences. The company has during this time gathered from every corner of the globe local know-how working in collaboration with teams who are not only passionate about world-class hospitality, but who also know the regions they represent, inside out.
“Therefore, Kuoni was able to confidently form this B2C module thus closing a gap in the market that previously existed. Our main aim was to directly target the B2C market with a wide selection of offerings ranging from the best hotel rates to the latest happenings in the country’s arts and culture”.
Divided into three main categories, the website offers hotel bookings within the 3-star, 4-star and 5-star categories at competitive rates, over 100 excursions in collaboration with Desert Adventures, a Kuoni owned company, and airport transfers to and from partner hotels.
What makes EmiratesYOO different to other companies that allow you to book online? “Well,” says Girma, “We work with a team of gurus, known as Local Experts who live in the United Arab Emirates and know everything there is to know about the local attractions, where to shop, the best discounts and promotions and can give you tips on where to stay. They enjoy travelling and exploring, discovering new things every day. They even have information about the local art scene and the most popular hangout places in a remote region.
“The Local Experts blog daily and you can email them with your questions, or read up about their experiences and new discoveries on the site. From dune bashing in the Arabian Desert to unique shopping experiences at the world’s most lavish malls, we cover it all.
“In addition, the website has live chat sessions. This ensures that the consumer’s needs are quickly taken care of regardless of whether it regards a current booking or the customer is looking for details on the best months to visit the UAE.”
One thing we noticed when we visited the EmiratesYOO website to see for ourselves the site’s effectiveness is that it is easy to use and well designed. The homepage is refreshingly uncluttered, and dominated by soft-focus I-want-tobe- there photos. Popular attractions are introduced well, with a video and detailed ‹insider review› from the current team of local experts. The interactive map makes it easier than ever to find your ideal hotel and therefore create the travel package that is right for you.