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UAE residents’ Christmas plans revealed


YouGov and find out what people will be doing for this year’s holiday.

December 17, 2013 11:15 by

With festivities approaching, the majority of UAE residents that are celebrating Christmas plan on spending between AED115 and AED220 on gifts for their friends and families, while ten per cent say that they have no intention of spending any money on presents, according to the insights of an exclusive survey by YouGov and

Meanwhile, ten per cent state they plan on spending more than AED900 on gifts, while 17 per cent say they’ll keep their total spending limit at AED115 or less.

Despite the fact that more than half of the respondents plan on celebrating Christmas, with 93 per cent “looking forward to it”, 43 per cent has no plans to spend any money on a Christmas tree and 36 per cent won’t spend any money on decorations.

As for Christmas shopping, 56 per cent say that they would do their shopping when they feel like it, while 35 per cent claim that they always pre-plan their Christmas shopping and nine per cent say they leave it until the last minute.

Only five per cent don’t plan to shop for Christmas, while the majority (76 per cent) claim that they will shop at hypermarkets, 40 per cent at specialty stores, 34 per cent at stand-alone retail outlets and 21 per cent on shopping websites.

Nearly half of all UAE residents surveyed say that they expect to receive clothing, while 36 per cent is expecting chocolates, 34 per cent prefers perfumes, and 20 per cent and 19 per cent expect the latest smartphone or tablet respectively.

When asked what their favourite part of the holiday was, 62 per cent says that they enjoy spending time with loved ones the most, while 50 per cent voted for Christmas trees and decorations, and 45 per cent prefers food prepared exclusively for the holiday.

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