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Top picks: Affordable holidays out of the UAE

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If you’ve missed out on escaping the UAE for the spring break, you’ll no doubt be looking towards the summer for your next holiday. Being home when the kids are off school is all well and good, but there are only so many times you can visit the Dubai Mall Aquarium.

So why not be adventurous and plan a trip somewhere new with the family? There’s no need to worry about spending a whole pile of money – we’re here to show you some of the best travel deals out there. Check out some of the top cheap holidays from the UAE below.

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Terre Rouge, Mauritius
Flight time: 6 hours 30 minutes

Mauritius is perfect if you want to have a relaxing holiday and your only agenda is to laze around a pool. There are several beautiful beaches and luxury hotels to choose from. Mauritius is loved for its warm waters and abundant marine life, so you can learn to dive in one of the world’s top diving destinations. Port Louis, the capital, is a bustling city that can entertain family or adrenaline-seekers. And it’s less expensive than you might think; check out Holiday Factory for an exclusive deal. Stay at The Address Boutique Hotel, a nine-minute walk from the beach in Port Chambley and 15-minute drive from Port Louis for only AED 2,699 – including flights.

Athens, Greece
Flight time: 5 hours

Treat the family to a five-star stay at the Royal Olympic Hotel in the heart of Athens. Your view would be the famous temples and museums, and you’ll only be a two-minute walk from all the main tourist attractions in Athens. If your family want to experience some serious culture, Athens is perfect. Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilisation, Athens has a bustling tourist scene all year round. So, if you were hoping for something a bit quieter, then you’ll probably won’t experience that. Full of site-seeing and a ‘happening’ night life, there is something for all members of the family. And flights and accommodation can be sorted for only AED 2,299.

Mombasa, Kenya
Flight time: 5 hours

Serena Beach Hotel, a 4.5-star hotel for AED 429 per person, is the perfect place for an idyllic holiday. It’s only a short walk to the beach and Fort Jesus – a monumental piece of architecture built in the sixteenth century. Elsewhere, you can’t go to Africa and not see its animals, and with plenty of nature tours and safaris to choose from, all at a low rate, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The hotel even offers a babysitting and child care service, so adults can make the most of the private beach in peace.

Hua Hin, Thailand
Flight time: 6 hours

Before you make this your option, this offer from Groupon from AED 1,390 is for two people only. So if you were planning on bringing the children, choose another option from the list. Anantara Hua Hin, a five-star resort, is surrounded by 14 acres of lush gardens and is right by the beach. As a result it’s the perfect recipe for a relaxing or adventure holiday.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
Flight time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Not your typical holiday destination, Georgia is a country shaped by rugged mountains, rivers, valleys and meadows. It’s perfect if you want to have a full-on adventure holiday, taking in picturesque views while hiking, trekking and exploring quaint villages and towns. Georgia is a binary place with quiet towns to modern cities like Tbilisi, so it can accommodate the preferences of everyone. At AED 2,518 for flight and hotel, you can stay at Top Business Hotel, a short walk from the city centre. There is a tour desk at the hotel, where you can sort out your family for excursions.

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