'Fantasy weekenders' exaggerate UAE lifestyle

Boastful claims may not reflect true weekend activities study claims

Knowledge story, The Knowledge

The UAE is a country of “fantasy weekenders”, more prone to staying at home and making exaggerated claims later, according to research released by Hilton.

The research revealed that more than half of the 1,013 UAE residents polled admitted to staying at home all weekend at least twice a month, with almost a quarter (24 percent) not leaving their home almost every weekend.

At the same time, the research revealed that many UAE residents polish the truth when it comes to sharing details of their weekend activities - with more than half (57 percent) admitting they have exaggerated what they have done at the weekend when asked by friends or work colleagues.

A fifth of respondents are left feeling fed-up when reflecting on their weekend activities come Sunday morning, with around a quarter (24 percent) of those aged 18-24 feeling unsatisfied with the way they spend their weekends.

These findings might have something to do with the fact that the study also suggests that UAE residents are spending less quality time with friends and family.

Of those surveyed, eight per cent admitted to not seeing friends at the weekend and five per cent said the same for family, yet more than a quarter (26 percent) admit to spending at least four hours watching television every weekend.

The research also highlighted how UAE residents spend money on weekends they end up regretting. Impulse buying (47 percent) was cited as the main money-waster followed by takeaway food (31 percent) and meals out (34 percent).

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