The Lack of Business Travel has Negatively Affected Business Performance in Saudi Arabia and the UAE

A new study conducted by “Collinson” revealed that more than four-fifths of business travelers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates believe that their jobs have been affected in one way or another due to the lack of cross-border business travel.

Specifically, a third of them feel that they cannot perform their job effectively. There is a widespread belief that the recovery of the business travel sector will be slower than the pace of the recovery of leisure travel as a result of companies continuing to operate during the epidemic without relying on travel trips.

Despite this, and according to one-third of business travelers in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, their inability to travel for work makes them less productive, and therefore, these new findings clearly reflect the economic importance of cross-border commercial travel for  the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The survey results indicate that while most business meetings are currently conducted digitally via video calls, there is an urgent need and a growing desire among a large number of business travelers to resume travel. However, it is important to note that they will expect their companies to provide appropriate solutions, support and  before returning to travel again, and that these solutions not only protect their physical health, but also their mental health.