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It’s no secret that Dubai residents love a little bit of a getaway. Whether you’re headed to London or to the Seychelles, chances are you’ve spent a little bit of time in Terminal 3 in the last year or so.

And we’re not short of destinations, either. Geography is on our side on that front. The good news is that now we’ve got another one to add to the mix.

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We’ve got two new destinations to add to our must-see list

Emirates have announced that they will start flying to Santiago, Chile, as of July 5 this year. The service will run five times a week, The National reports. Flights will set you back Dhs8,255 return, but considering travellers will no longer need to fly into Brazil and switch airlines, we’ll take it for the added convenience.

The new route also means making your way to the ancient city of Machu Picu, the Andes mountains and the wild, beautiful region of Patagonia just got a whole lot easier.

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More of a city type? Santiago is full of street art, and little bars and restaurants to wile away an afternoon in. It’s also the birthplace of Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda – those of us who studied English literature will be visiting La Chascona, the house he built for his wife, Matilde Urrutia.

Emirates’ flight is a slightly intimidating 21 hours and 40 minutes, including a two-and-a-half hour stop in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We’re thinking this is one to book a little bit of leave for.

However, if you’re looking to escape the summer heat, this is a great destination. July temperatures in the city top out at 15 degrees celsius.

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