Eid Al Adha is just around the corner, and for many in the UAE, that means a great excuse for a quick getaway holiday.
While public- and private-sector holidays haven’t yet been announced for Eid Al Adha in the UAE, most people are banking on at least two days off for the occasion. That means a four-day weekend – the perfect amount of time for a quick trip abroad.
But where can you go without breaking the bank (and at such a busy time for travel)? Well, happily, there are plenty of last-minute deals available, meaning you can enjoy a long weekend abroad without blowing all of your savings.
Here are our top picks.
A holiday in Sri Lanka
You’d think that a five-star hotel would cost loads over the Eid break, but Emirates Holidays has a sensational deal going for a three-day break at the Vivanta by Taj in Bentota, Sri Lanka. The deal includes return flights with Emirates, bed and breakfast in a superior charm room, and 20% bonus Skywards air miles. The price for all this? Just AED 1,985 per person. Check it out here.
A quick trip to Kochi
Ever wondered what life is like on the south-west coast of India? If you have, you’ve likely considered Goa as a holiday destination. But Kochi is up-and-coming, and if you book now with Etihad Airways, you can get there for next to nothing. Return flights from Abu Dhabi are currently going for as little as AED 1,000 per person, and accommodation in Kochi is easy and inexpensive to arrange. Check out the deal here.
A party in Bangkok
You might think that Bangkok is a little far afield for a quick weekend break, but this deal for a long weekend in Bangkok, from Emirates Holidays, is too good to pass up. It includes return flights with Emirates, and four nights at the five-star Landmark hotel in a premium room. Granted, there’s no food included in the package, but you’ll have plenty of cash to spare given that the whole holiday costs just AED 3,929 per person. Have a look here.
An escape to Beirut
Beirut’s a hugely popular destination for long weekends away from the UAE – and with good reason. With fabulous weather, a thriving nightlife scene, and an incredible energy, it makes for an excellent city break of its own accord. But when you realise it’s just a few hours away from Dubai, Beirut seems like an obvious choice. And this Eid, you can enjoy a stay there for very little indeed. Emirates Holidays currently has an offer on for a three-night stay at the five-star Le Meridien Commodore Hotel, with flights included. It’ll set you back AED 1,555 per person, which is something of a bargain. Check out the deal here.
An adventure in Istanbul
It’s the city at the intersection of East and West, and on any discerning traveller’s bucket list. Happily, if you want to take the Eid holiday as an opportunity to visit, it won’t cost you a small fortune. Emirates Holidays’ current deal includes return flights, a three-night stay at the five-star Divan Istanbul Asia hotel, in a superior room with breakfast thrown in. And it’ll only cost AED 2,715 per person. Check out the deal here.
A city break in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the Malaysian capital city that never sleeps. A stone’s throw from Singapore, it makes for one of the most bustling city escapes that you can embark upon, with markets and food and nightlife all vying for your attention. With Emirates Holidays, you can get a great deal on a three-night stay in the JW Marriott Hotel Kuala Lumpur, plus flights. You’ll only have to pay AED 3,065 per person. Find out more here.