Ramadan has begun, and so the first days of the Eid holidays will likely be on Sunday June 25 or Monday June 26 – in other words, you best get booking now.

So, whether you fancy city stays, far-flung destinations or a mini-break this Eid, there will be something for you in our pick of travel deals… 

*ALSO: Staycations – UAE summer hotel deals*

01. London

Even if you’re from the British Isles, you’ll find it hard not to love this Eid deal. Our pals at Virgin Atlantic are offering all our wonderful What’s On readers a special 15 per cent discount off for all cabins (economy, premium economy and upper class) if they book their flights to Blighty now. Simply call (04) 4060600 and quote ‘WhatsOn’ to reedem your discount. Explore the capital’s rich history, see a West End Show, take a day trip to the seaside town of Brighton, or do it all. After all, with an exchange rate of ten dirhams to just over two British pounds, there has never been a better time to book a trip to the UK and take advantage of the additional savings.


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02. Sri Lanka

If you are in need of stunning panoramas on Sri Lanka’s palm fringed shores, Cape Weligama will tick all the right boxes. Explore the soaring southern part of the island, where 39 individual retreats, a crescent shaped pool and several dining venues make sure to cater for all your gastronomic needs. Stay for five nights, pay for four (a quick look on their site show that rooms start from Dhs1,300 a month. Wait, we said wallet friendly, you ask? Well, read about how to navigate Sri Lanka on a budget here…


03. Maldives

While the honeymooners’ island is an expensive location, here’s proof that it doesn’t need to cost the Earth. Crystal clear waters and some of the Maldives’ best surfing spots can be yours at Malahini Kuda Bandos, north of Male. Flight Centre is currently offering a Maldives Eid Break package including three nights’ and half-board, return flights and speedboat transfers from Dhs3,795 per person.


04. Nepal

A luxury trip coiffured by the travel designers of Pomalo Travel to your liking, this package caters for those awe-inspiring moments you’ll never forget. Visit ancient buildings, Unesco heritage sites and fly over the roof of the world – by helicopter. And pack for a purpose as you’ll be visiting a local school and will be able to supply needed school items. Prices start at Dhs9,250 per person.


05. Salalah

There’s more to Oman than Muscat; namely its second largest city, Salalah. Some say it feels more like Zanzibar than Oman, with its lush banana plantations, palm-fringed, white, sandy beaches and the aromatic alleyways of Al Husn Souk. And for an added bonus, average temperatures are a pleasant 28°C (borderline Baltic compared to the UAE). Flight Centre is offering return flights and two nights at the Hilton Salalah Resort, with breakfast, from Dhs2,050 per person.


06. Thailand

You’ll have to take a couple of extra hours’ flight for this one, but it’s such a steal, we couldn’t resist. Discover the best of both worlds in Thailand – the chaotic, bustling streets of Bangkok and the beaches and laidback ambience of cultural Pattaya. Cobone is offering a fixed-date tour over Eid, with two nights’ accommodation in Pattaya, one in Bangkok, a half-day Bangkok city tour, all transfers and return flights from Dhs3,083.


07. Bodrum

Located by the Aegean Sea, Bodrum is Turkey’s answer to the French Riviera, thanks to a firm celebrity following including the likes of Kate Moss, Sting, the Jaggers and Salma Hayek. And although more than a million tourists flock to its beaches and trendy restaurants and clubs each summer, it never seems to lose its cool. It’s a great choice for a lively beach break with some celeb spotting thrown in. Emirates Holidays is offering return flights and a three night all-inclusive stay at Bitez Garden Life Hotel from Dhs3,268 per person.


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