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6 great destinations that are close to Dubai for a long weekend

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1. Bucharest, Romania
Once referred to as the “Little Paris of the East” Romania’s capital is now known for its enchanting Belle Époque buildings, roaring party scene and picturesque tree-lined boulevards. Its mix of facilities and stunning landmarks make it the place for architecture lovers, party animals and history buffs.
Places of interest: If you’re into history then make a bee line for Piata Revolutiei (Revolution Square) and Palatul Regal (The Royal Palace). Art enthusiasts should make their way to Arcul de Triumf (The Arch of Triumph) and Calea Victoriei (Victory Way). Party lovers looking for the hipster experience should opt for club Control on 4th Constantin Mille Street while those looking to mix with other internationals should head to Eden on Calea Victoriei Avenue.
Flight time: 5hrs 20mins
Price: From AED2,009*

2. Baku, Azerbaijan
Although thousands of years old, Azerbaijan’s capital has been rebranding itself as a mini version of Dubai in recent years, with five-star hotels popping up, designer stores, modern shopping malls and a skyline of futuristic architecture. Those looking for experience the nation’s rich history should head to Old Town Baku. The UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a number of traditional local businesses, you can find everything from butcheries to cafes to family owned restaurants.
Places of interest: If you’re travelling with family, you should head to the Baku Ferris Wheel, Maiden Tower and Fountain Square. Music fans should head to ABC music shop on Fountain Square for a left-field selection of Western music, as well as Azeri and Russian vinyl.
Flight time: 2hrs 30mins
Price: AED1,958*

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