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Middle East is the world's fastest-growing outbound travel market, with the number of trips taken

having surged nine percent during the first eight months of 2015, according to the latest ITB World Travel Trends Report.

The study further found that the UAE is one of the region's most lucrative markets characterised by young travellers, high spending and long trips that last an average of 14 nights.

Almost a third of all journeys from the country are made with children, and summer is the preferred time to travel.

"The outbound travel market is driven by factors as culture, entertainment, accessibility and the desire to visit cities," explained Ramzi Maaytah, partner, IPK International Middle East.