Some last-minute breaks for the long weekend…
We’re sure you’re across the upcoming long weekend. Holidays for UAE National Day, the Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Commemoration Day are all falling together, so private sector workers will be out of the office from Thursday November 30 to Saturday December 2. The public sector gets the Sunday off too.
No plans yet? Not to worry, we’ve hunted down some great last-minute travel deals…
(Want to know what other public holidays are coming up too? Click here for our calendar).
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1. Muscat, Oman
Even though it’s just an hour’s flight from Dubai, Oman’s laidback atmosphere and dreamy scenery makes it feel like it’s a world away – which is perfect if you’re seeking some R&R. Emirates have return flights leaving Wednesday evening and getting back Saturday afternoon for Dhs945 per person.
2. Tbilisi, Georgia
Tucked between Europe and Asia, this gem of a country has been making all the travel hotlists in recent years thanks to its beautiful countryside, picturesque architecture, and delectable cuisine. Musafir is offering a three-night stay in the capital from Dhs2,699, which includes return flights, accommodation, a half-day tour of the city and an optional day tour to Mount Kazbegi, travelling along the scenic Georgian Military Highway.
3. Amman, Jordan
Jordan might be best known for its ancient city of Petra, but you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the thriving capital. Rainbow Street is a popular hangout, with lots of great cafes, restaurants and shops. Or for more historical vibes, you can check out the striking Roman Theatre, which dates back to the second century. Emirates flights will set you back Dhs2,175 per person.
It’s a perennial favourite among holidaymakers, offering everything from gorgeous beaches to fascinating culture to delicious food. Cobone has a four-night Thai getaway for Dhs3,049, including Air Oman flights to Bangkok, two nights’ accommodation in Pattaya, two nights’ accommodation in Bangkok, an island tour, a city tour and dinner cruise. Bookings must be made before November 26.
5. Baku, Azerbaijan
Looking for somewhere a little more off the beaten path? Baku has so much to offer travellers, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to modern wonders that once saw the capital described by Lonely Planet as “the architectural lovechild of Paris and Dubai”. With Fly Dubai, you can get there and back for Dhs3,207 for the long weekend.
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6. Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s pristine southern coast is the perfect beach holiday destination, and the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is one of the most beautiful spots to make the most of it. Set on its own secluded beach amidst a former coconut plantation, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into paradise from the moment you enter the breathtaking open-air lobby. The hotel has a range of deals on offer, and Emirates flights will start at Dhs2,175.
7. Prague, Czech Republic
Nicknamed the City of A Hundred Spires, the Czech capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and it’s not as far from Dubai as you might think – just over a six hour flight. It can also be done on the cheap once you’re there. Spending the days wandering the cobblestone streets will cost you nothing, and you’ll find luxe accommodation much more affordable than in neighbouring countries. Emirates is offering return flights from Dhs4,905.
8. Madrid, Spain
Culture vultures, this one is for you. Spend the long weekend exploring Madrid’s “Golden Triangle” of art museums – the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, which boast masterpieces from the likes of Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, and Dali. Etihad has a deal departing from Abu Dhabi for Dhs5,471 over Eid weekend, including flights and two nights’ accommodation at the AC Palaco De Retiro.
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The article originally appeared on What’s On Dubai.
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