5 Eid getaways from Dubai to suit every budget
Eid Al Adha is around the corner, and that means that you’re probably spending at least 30 percent of your working day trawling the internet for long-weekend inspiration (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss). But we’re here to help… or at least reduce the time you’re distracted from that Powerpoint presentation that’s due tomorrow.
Here you go – take 10 minutes to have a look at Skyscanner’s shortlist of destinations within six hours of the UAE – then get back to work. That presentation won’t write itself.
Surrounded by brown and burnt orange mountains, Muscat is an impressive place to watch the sunset. As Oman’s capital city you’ll find plenty of history blended with modern living. The beautiful coastline is scattered with five-star hotels, with fancy restaurants nearby. It’s also a great place for shopping, but if glitz and glam isn’t your thing, you can check out the cultural sites. Qasr Al Alam Royal Palace is a must-see - even though visitors aren’t allowed inside, it’s a great photo opportunity. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world and is open to non-Muslim visitors. There are also plenty of museums that give a snapshot of Oman’s history.
Flight time: 1h 30m
Price: From AED686 to Muscat
If you’ve ticked off some of the main tourist hubs in India (Mumbai, Goa etc.) then a quick trip to Amritsar is a cheap option for Eid weekend. The city in Punjab is home to the Golden Temple, with is definitely top of the list of attractions. It’s best to go in the late afternoon or early evening and stay until nightfall when the façade of the temple is lit up.|
Flight time: 3h 10m
Price: From AED869
Colombo, Sri Lanka
It’s a popular choice for UAE travellers for a good reason – the tiny island in the Indian Ocean is simply beautiful. The vast greenery of the rugged rainforest means that its packed with wildlife and it has the highest density of leopards in the world. You’ll find elephants, wild buffaloes and sloth bears amongst the 91 species that call Sri Lanka home. It’s also got plenty of surf, beautiful historical sites and pristine beaches.
Flight time: 4h 35m
Price: AED1,648 to Colombo
This is one for both the adventurous traveller and those who just want to find a quiet beach to chill on. The Indian Ocean coastline is Pinterest-perfect, while the numerous safari options serve up wildlife worthy of a David Attenborough narration.
Flight time: 5h 40m
Price: AED1,765 to Dar Es Salaam
Shwedagon Paya in downtown Yangon is the tourism hub of the city, with markets, street vendors and beautiful examples of architecture in the surrounding area. As more tourists descend, more money is being spent on regeneration, which means plenty of busy streets and the odd building site dotted around. But this definitely doesn’t spoil the vibe of this vibrant city.
Flight time: 5h 40m
Note: These prices were available on www.skyscanner.ae on August 3. Prices are subject to availability.