Is “travel more” one of your goals for 2018? Read on…

If travel is your passion, then Dubai is a pretty strategic place to be. With two thirds of the world’s population within an eight-hour flight, it’s an ideal base for exploring exotic destinations. And Dubai’s airlines are making it even easier for avid globetrotters, with new flight routes (and direct ones at that – no eight-hour airport layovers, thank you very much) being added all the time.

Here are nine new flight routes from Dubai for 2018…

Edinburgh, Scotland

Emirates has just launched a direct flight to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. The new route is the airline’s second to Scotland, joining the existing flight from Dubai to Glasgow. The hilly capital is famed for its stunning castle, which houses Scotland’s crown jewels.

Flight time: 7 hours


Low-cost carrier Flydubai launched a direct route to Catania on the Italian island of Sicily in June. Known for its rich culture and history, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Flight time: 6 hours


Air Arabia is to launch a new direct flight to the stunning European city of Prague later this year. The 6 hour, 50 minute flight will commence on Tuesday December 11, direct from Sharjah. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a long weekend in Europe over Christmas…

Flight time: 6 hours, 50 minutes

Santiago, Chile

Emirates began a new service from Dubai to Santiago, with a short stop in the Brazilian city of San Paulo, back in July. Santiago is the first destination in Chile to be served by the airline, and is the South American nation’s capital and largest city. With the mighty Andes on your doorstep, there’s plenty to keep adventure seekers occupied.

Flight time: 21 hours

Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece, with over one million inhabitants. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life and is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital. Flydubai began flying here from June 15.

Flight time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Krakow, Poland

Earlier this year, Flydubai became the first UAE carrier to offer direct flights to Krakow. Poland’s second largest city is famous for its Old Town, with its Gothic church spires and pretty cobbled streets. But there’s plenty of 21st century fun to be had – legend has it that Krakow has the highest density of pubs, clubs and bars in the world.

Flight time: 6 hours

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Another Eastern European hotspot to pop on your travel wishlist this year is Dubrovnik, with flydubai offering direct flights to the Croatian city. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – as well as being one of the main filming locations for Game of Thrones – this picturesque city is the perfect starting point for exploring the Croatian coast.

Flight time: 6 hours

London Stansted, UK

This summer, Emirates became the only way to Essex when it became the first Middle Eastern airline to operate out of London Stansted. The north east London airport is the UK’s fourth busiest airport, serving London, as well as the wider regions of England’s South East and the Midlands.

Flight time: 8 hours

Catania, Italy

As part of its new line-up of summer destinations, flydubai launched flights to Catania in June. The ancient port city (it’s over 2,700 years old) is located on the east coast of Sicily, and sits at the foot of Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna.

Flight time: 6 hours

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