From city breaks to island escapes…
UAE National Day is fast approaching, and this year we will be celebrating with a four-day weekend, with Sunday December 2 and Monday December 3 off work.
No plans yet? Not to worry, we’ve hunted down some great last-minute travel deals…
1. Yerevan, Armenia
Flight time: 3 hours
Armenia’s capital is often referred to as the “pink city” thanks to the rose hue of the stone used in many of its buildings. Dnata has a National Day weekend deal where you can spend three nights in Yerevan from Dhs1890 per person, which includes return economy flights and a stay in a classic room at the Grand Hotel Yerevan.
2. Amman, Jordan
Flight time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Jordan might be best known for its ancient city of Petra, but you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the thriving capital. Skyscanner has scouted out direct flights from the UAE from Dhs1632, and a three-night stay at the boutique Al Qasr Metropole Hotel from Dhs1252.
3. Tbilisi, Georgia
Flight time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Charming is a word that often pops up when describing Georgia’s capital – think cobbled streets, pastel-coloured houses and tree-lined avenues. Holiday Factory has a National Day weekend package that includes return economy flights from Dubai, and three nights in the Ramada Encore Hotel from Dhs2799.
4. Kiev, Ukraine
Flight time: 6 hours
Ukraine’s cool capital is one to discover right now, before everyone else finds out about it. Musafir is offering three nights in Kiev over National Day weekend from Dhs2399, which includes return economy flights from Dubai, excursions and a half-day tour, and a stay in the President Hotel.
5. Bangkok, Thailand
Flight time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Craving beautiful beaches and stunning temples this National Day weekend? Dnata has a three-night package in Bangkok from Dhs1955 per person, which includes return economy flights and a stay in a one-bedroom suite at the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel.
6. Kathmandu, Nepal
Flight time: 4 hours
As the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is home to many of the country’s most fascinating cultural and historical landmarks, not to mention plenty of brilliant hiking and trekking opportunities. Skyscanner has found flights over National Day weekend from Dhs1634, and a three-night stay at Hotel Mulberry from Dhs1204.
7. Prague, Czech Republic
Flight time: 6 hours 40 minutes
Nicknamed the City of A Hundred Spires, the Czech capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and it’s also one of the more affordable ones. Dnata has a National Day weekend deal where you can spend three nights in Prague from Dhs1999, which includes a stay in a deluxe room at La Ballerina hotel, and return economy flights.
8. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Flight time: 4 hours 25 minutes
If you really want to head off the beaten track this National Day weekend, try Bishkek – the beautiful, leafy green capital of Kyrgyzstan. Musafir has a three-night deal from Dhs2399, which includes return flights with FlyDubai, a hotel with early check in, and sightseeing tours.
9. Baku, Azerbaijan
Flight time: 3 hours
Azerbaijan’s eccentric capital was once described by Lonely Planet as the “architectural love child” of Paris and Dubai. Dnata has a National Day weekend deal from Dhs1790, which includes three nights in the five-star Hotel Pullman Baku, and return economy flights.
10. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Flight time: 4 hours 20 minutes
The great thing about Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is that you can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. HolidayMe has a deal where you fly into Colombo, and spend time in three destinations – Negombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya – from Dhs3062. The package includes return flights with Sri Lankan Airlines, and hotels in each destination.