Cleartrip has announced the launch of cleartrip.ae – a specially customised booking / traveling portal for the travelers in the UAE. The new, completely localised portal for UAE scours the internet for the most competitive prices on hotels and flights in UAE, Middle East and all over the world. Cleartrip also offers global booking on low cost carriers like Air Arabia and Tiger Airways. It also offers other intuitive tools such as the at-a-glance Air Fare Calendar option and the display and payment of fares in Dirhams for faster transaction times.
UAE has a mature, internet savvy market with over 60% internet penetration. Though a good move Cleartrip isn’t the first travel portal to head towards the UAE markets. Makemytrip has launched for the UAE market since almost a year Though makemytrip launched its complete solutions in UAE only in december last year . So in this regard Cleartrip is a slow mover. It will be interesting to see how the UAE markets affect the fortunes of the primarily Indian travel portals. Given the fact that UAE has a high Indian population and that Dubai is one of the world’s hottest travel destination this move should bring in good results.