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The At-Home Pandemic Experience In Dubai & Globally- A survey by Blueground

As home has become the new office, we’ve examined the impact on workload, uncovering that in many regions of the world, over half of people (66%) are working at least as much, if not more at home than they were in their offices

In the Middle East almost 63% of our guests are getting the same or less done, although they’re working more In Dubai, the majority of our guests (60%) spent the pandemic at home all alone In Dubai, in particular, nearly 30% of our Middle East guests are looking forward to the future

 Home & work

As home has become the new office, we’ve examined the impact on workload, uncovering that in many regions of the world, over half of people (66%) are working at least as much, if not more at home than they were in their offices. In fact, only 18% of US guests report working less hours (14% came in saying they weren’t working at all, due to the unfortunate impact of the pandemic on employment), while almost half of Middle East guests (48%) report working more hours. 

In Europe, a quarter of our guests (25%) have managed to work less hours. And while you might think that working at home would spur productivity, nearly a quarter of guests around the world (24%) reported getting less done each day than before being confined to their apartments — specifically in the US. Europe-based guests seemed to maintain the most productivity, with 62% getting the same if not more done each day during their WFH time. On the flip side, in the Middle East almost 63% of our guests report that they’re getting the same or less done, although they’re working much more.

Home & Relationships: Is too much time together really bad for our relationships? Perhaps not. 

  • In fact, only 4% of our guests reported the at-home situation as a stressor during this time, while one-fourth of guests said their relationships saw no true change during this time
  • Combatting this assumption further, over 1 in 10 (13%) guests actually saw an improvement in their personal relationship during this time. 
  • What is truly interesting is that in Dubai, the majority of our guests (60%) spent the pandemic at home all alone

Home & Future: One of the many things we’re keen to understand is “what comes next?”. Prior to the pandemic, well over half (62%) of our guests were traveling over 6 times a year. If that frequency doesn’t change, then how we travel certainly will, along with our hope and optimism for the future. 

  • In fact, 44% of worldwide guests reported more worried about the future, kudos goes to the nearly 1/3rd trying to stay hopeful about returning back to the ‘normal life’ they once knew.

  •  In Dubai, in particular, nearly 30% of our Middle East guests are looking forward to the future, while roughly 10% cited being even more optimistic as a result of challenges endured. 

Home and staying busy

As expected, any kind of outdoor exercise claims the most dramatic drop, with nearly 70% of the average guest doing ‘a lot less’ of it. Sadly, less indoor exercise comes in second, with nearly 50% reporting less interest in a daily at-home regimen. 

ACTIVITIES IN PANDEMIC- Global guests