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I f you needed proof of the UAE’s status as a world travel hotspot, consider that in 2011 a whopping 63.38 million passengers combined passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai’s International Airport. More than 52 airlines fly to and from 85 cities in more than 49 countries from our city, and this is being added to all the time. That’s a lot of travelling, and any would-be holidaymakers could be forgiven for a bout of choice anxiety. However, help is at hand. We’ve put together a list of top locations for you to work your way through: some near, some far, none further than eight hours away. Not only that, but we’ve included great packages, hotel recommendations and flight details. Bon voyage!


Less than 2 hours

Bahrain
Travel time:
One hour ten minutes.
Why go? Bahrain is home to the capital of the former Dilmun civilisation, and history buffs will love Unesco World Heritage Site Qal’at al-Bahrain.
Where to stay: Take advantage of the two-night spa and beach package at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa: stay two nights for Dhs3,799 for a double room. (+973 17 63 6399).
Getting there: Gulf Air flies direct; return tickets from Dhs620. www.gulfair.com

Doha, Qatar
Travel time:
One hour.
Why go? Doha is fast becoming one of the Middle East’s most exciting cities. Check out the Museum of Islamic Art, which offers regular special exhibits – the most recent was Japanese artist Takasi Murakami’s EGO. Alternatively, head to the desert for a natural phenomenon like no other: The Singing Dunes.
Where to stay: Stay two nights at the St Regis Doha and get 20 percent off the best available rates. Prices from Dhs887 per night for a superior room. www.stregisdoha.com (+974 4 446 0400).
Getting there: Qatar Airways flies direct; returns from Dhs810. www.qatarairways.com

Kuwait City, Kuwait
Travel time:
One hour 30 minutes.
Why go? Well, why not? It’s easy to get to and only a short trip away and, if you don’t visit while you’re in the UAE (for that all-important stamp in your passport), when will you ever decide to go.
Where to stay: From Tuesday June 12, Hotel Missoni is offering a summer deal from Dhs643 per room per night. www.hotelmissoni.com (+965 2577 0000).
Getting there: Etihad flies direct; returns from Dhs1,090. www.etihadairways.com

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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