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12 ESCAPES from UAE with flights and hotels

Living in UAE and you do not have any plans for the upcoming long weekend? try this ESCAPES from UAE

A combination of demanding work schedules and the notion that holiday days are akin to gold dust makes the idea of taking two weeks off work a frightening and impossible task. Unfortunately, it sometimes can be a near-impossible task, but that shouldn’t stop you travelling the world, it simply means you need to find a way around this predicament, and we’ve got just the answer, say hello to the weekend break. Gone are the days of long breaks on the beach and in comes the era of weekend getaways, leaving work on Thursday evening and returning Sunday morning has never been so simple, affordable and achievable thanks to the regular flight routes out of the UAE. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi run a whole host of flights to nearby destinations you may never have realized were so close to home. Below we’ve listed ten countries ESCAPES from UAE that are easy to visit over a long weekend from the UAE so sit back, read on and enjoy.

PS prices are indicative and may change any minute, prices below were checked for the dates on the 3rd weekend of September “Hijri Islamic New Year”

  1. Salalah, Oman

Sharing the borders with UAE makes Oman the natural beauty is the 1st choice for our list of ESCAPES from UAE, home to the Wahiba Sands, rolling dunes and Bedouin tents galore the nation of Oman sits on the Arabian Peninsula and is only an hour flight from dubai or Abu Dhabi. you can even drive there in approx 4 hours from Dubai to the capital Muscat or Fly into Muscat International Airport and spend a few days in the port capital exploring its 16th-century forts before heading south into the Hajar Mountains on a 4×4 safari. Alternatively, you can fly into Salalah in the south wand head to the Empty Quarter for a real Lawrence of Arabia desert adventure.

Flight time: 2 hours to Salalah

Flight cost: less than 1,500 AED (Oman Air & Fly Dubai)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 200 AED

Visa: on arrival to most UAE residents

ESCAPES from UAE
oman beaches
  1. Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka sits just a five hour flight from the UAE, and the country is home to rolling rice fields in Kandy, golden beaches in Galle and the leopard filled Yala National Park. Fly into Colombo and hire a car to explore the cultural triangle, located in the heart of the country, where you can hop from tea plantation, to world heritage site, to Buddhist temples, dining on kottu roti, a national stir fry dish, or you can head south for some beach relaxing resorts in Galle or crazy surf spots like weligama, do not forget whale watching there.

Flight time: 4.15 hours

Flight cost: less than 1,200 AED (Fly Dubai/emirates)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 200 AED/night

Visa: online 1 working day

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Srilanka
  1. Tblisi, Georgia

Located a little further afield the historically rich country of Georgia sits an 4 hour flight from the UAE (Dubai and sharjah). Fly into the capital of Tbilisi and wander amidst the old town past colorful houses and ancient churches. Alternatively, head to the seaside town of Batumi and enjoy the waterfront boulevard, Gonio Fortress and botanical gardens.

Flight time: 3.5 hours

Flight cost: less than 1,500 AED (Flydubai)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 150 AED/night

Visa: free to all UAE Residents.

ESCAPES from UAE
Tblisi
  1. Male, Maldives

With a total travel time of five hours, a weekend in the Maldives is a must do for any busy body looking for a break. For those on a strict budget, a lay over in Sri Lanka would up the travel time to eight hours but significantly reduce the cost, also you can stay in Male and have some day trips to one of the many resorts around Male. Arrive into Male Airport where you’ll transfer to a small boat or seaplane and jet off to an island of your choice (pricey so check the transfer prices when booking). From here, spend the weekend lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand, head off on a deep sea scuba diving excursion or enjoy a sunset snorkel amidst sea turtles and the little sharks.

Flight time: 4 hours

Flight cost: less than 2,300 AED (Emirates)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 500 AED/night

Visa: on arrival to all UAE Residents.

ESCAPES from UAE
Maldives
  1. Bucharest, Romania

Romania is also easily accessible from the UAE with a travel time of just four hours thanks to the budget airlines like Flydubai and wizzair you can get really good deals all year long. Spend the weekend in the capital of Bucharest on a history tour around the National Museum of Romanian History or get your culture fix at the Museum of Art. The city is also home to quirky cafes, vast green parks and the second largest building on the planet; the Palace of Parliament and of course amazing nightlife, go to herastrau park where you can find a lot of restaurants by the lake that turn into busy bars and clubs by night, if you have more time in the summer then diffinetly head to mamaia for some beach parties on the black sea.

Flight time: 5 hours

Flight cost: less than 1,700 AED (Flydubai combined with Wizzair)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 150 AED/night

Visa: Shengen visa

ESCAPES from UAE
Bucharest
  1. Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country brimming with lush mountainous terrain, winding rivers, including the famous Danube, and a vast stretch of rolling coastline that tightly hugs the Black Sea. Located just under a five hour flight from the UAE the 5th-century country provides the perfect weekend break for friends and families alike. For a beach getaway head to Varna on the east coast or for a culture filled weekend head to Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia.

Flight time: 5 hours

Flight cost: less than 1,000 AED (Wizzair back on sunday)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 150 AED/night

Visa: Shengen visa

ESCAPES from UAE
Sofia, Bulgaria
  1. Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanon sits just over a three hour direct flight from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi International airports and provides a culture filled break bustling with activities. Head straight to the capital of Beirut to spend a weekend revelling in the glamour of downtown and partying in the bar populated neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael. Alternatively, time can be wiled away shopping in the many souks and flea markets or head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Byblos, the very first Phoenician city and the perfect spot for a history lesson.

Flight time: 4 hours

Flight cost: less than 1,100 AED (Flydubai or Emirates)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 250 AED/night

Visa: free to most nationals, please check with consulate before going

ESCAPES from UAE
Rouche Rock, Beirut
  1. Istanbul, Turkey

Always a choice for escapes from UAE, Home to iconic mosques, a Roman-era Hippodrome and the Byzantine Hagia Sophia Church, the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul is just under a five hour flight from Dubai. Spend the weekend exploring the Ottoman and Turkish influenced architecture as you hop from attraction to attraction. Make sure you explore the local eateries too to dine on some of the cities signature dishes including fresh kebabs, delicious mezes and locally caught fish.

Flight time: 5 hours

Flight cost: less than 2000 AED (Pegasus)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 200 AED/night

Visa: please check with consulate before going

ESCAPES from UAE
Istanbul
  1. Baku, Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku sits just a three hour flight from the UAE and has a lot to offer for every kind of traveller. Spend the weekend exploring the UNESCO listed Old City and its ancient fortress walls, wander down the tree-lined streets in the central district for a spot of shopping and head down the Baku promenade, a bustling area filled with beachfront tea houses, makes it one of the must see escapes from UAE

Flight time: 2:50 hours

Flight cost: less than 1000 AED (Flydubai)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 200 AED/night

Visa: please check with consulate before going

ESCAPES from UAE
Baku
  1. Amman, Jordan

The Arab nation of Jordon is also just under a three hour direct flight from the UAE and is home to many famous landmarks including the archaeological site of Petra, the protected desert of Wadi Rum and the salt heavy Dead Sea. Adventure seekers can enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the desert; nature lovers can explore the marine life found in the Gulf of Aqaba and those after a little rest and relaxation can float in the Dead Sea before retiring to a local spa for a Dead Sea mud mask treatment.

Flight time: 5 hours

Flight cost: less than 1100 AED (Flydubai)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 200 AED/night

Visa: please check with consulate before going

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Wadi Mujeb

11. Vienna, Austria

 

The Austrian capital is famous for its classical music, opera, art, museums and palaces. First-time visitors needn’t venture far beyond the central, pedestrian-friendly Opernring (the innermost ring road), home to the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence, as well as the world-famous opera house, gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral, Albertina gallery and beautiful Palmenhaus greenhouse. But it’s worth venturing further, exploring the city on foot or via its iconic red trams – and be sure to stop off for regular refuels at Vienna’s countless independent cafés serving great coffee and some of the best pastries and sweets you’ll find in Europe.

Flight time: 5.5 hours

Flight cost: less than 2,700 AED (Emirates Airlines)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 350 AED/night

Visa: Shengen

ESCAPES from UAE
VIenna

12. Prague, Czech Republic

 

last but not least on our to 12 escapes from UAE, Prague; Boasting baroque architecture, a pre-Gothic castle, beautiful cobbled streets and a plethora of museums and galleries, the city Kafka once called home is a bohemian melting pot. The Czech capital is also a great spot for picking up designer goods among the numerous swanky stores. Or you could simply take advantage of some of the more affordable food and shopping available.

Flight time: 5.5 hours

Flight cost: less than 1,700 AED (Smartwings/Flydubai)

Hotel Costs: Starting from 300 AED/night

Visa: Shengen

 

ESCAPES from UAE
Prague

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