Public and private sector holidays for Eid Al-Fitr have been announced and it looks like most of us are getting a few days off.
Not content with staying the capital this year?
Here's some staycation inspiration with nations near and far, great deals and unexpected destinations to get you booking a trip in no time.
Just remember your passport and to take lots of pictures.
It’s the city of bicycles, canals, gabled buildings, vintage shops and dining and there’s any number of flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. A direct flight from the capital will get you to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol within seven hours, and if you set off very early, you can even get you there in time for breakfast, allowing you to make the most of your day in the city.
This is a big advantage, as there’s plenty for you to see and do. Hit Amsterdam’s history-packed museums and vintage-filled shops and appreciate the city’s hyper-creative design. Head to Van Dobben restaurant in Southern Canal Ring for traditional meaty Dutch fare or have a snoop around the Van Gogh museum for a bit of culture.
From Dhs4,000 (return). Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Bustling markets, mouth-watering food and buzzing nightlife. You don’t get much better than Thailand for a holiday destination and this Eid you can take the family without it costing you an arm and a leg.
Royal Orchid Holidays have a limited time offer whereby two adults and one child can jet off to Bangkok from Dhs6900 including breakfast from Abu Dhabi and Dubai
From Dhs6,900. Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand, www.thaiairways.ae (04 268 1701).
It’s the home of Gaudi, golden beaches, Barcelona FC and patatas bravas. The seaside city has boundless culture, breathtaking architecture and beautiful beaches. Barcelona’s architectural treasures span 2000-plus years.
Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino, or head to the Middle Ages with a stroll through the Gothic Quarter. For tourists, Barcelona is an absolute dream, with incredible things to do and restaurants to try at every turn (check out Tapas 24 in L’Eixample).
You can fly to Barcelona–El Prat Airport with both Emirates and Etihad from Abu Dhabi and Dubai retrospectively from around Dhs2,995 return.
From Dhs2,995. Barcelona–El Prat Airport.
Dhigurah, The Maldives
When you think of white sandy beaches and lazing around getting a nice tan in the beautiful sunshine, the Maldives most probably springs to mind. And, why not?
The islands are a stunning place to take a well-earned holiday and are hugely popular with honeymooners and families. Spend this Eid on an island enjoying a daily delicious breakfast, ocean panorama views, a cool sea breeze and fun in the sun.
The newly-opened The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah are offering 40 percent off stays and we don’t need any more reason to head to this tropical island. The offer includes complimentary domestic flights with a minimum stay of four nights and a complimentary upgrade to a standard all-inclusive meal plan. We don’t mind if we do.
Prices vary. Dhigurah, The Maldives. www.cenizaro.com/maldives.
How would you fancy a long weekend in a seaside city surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful scenic islands? It sounds thousands of miles away from Abu Dhabi – and it is – but direct flights from Dubai with Emirates and flydubai take the hassle out of the journey.
Helsinki is a city packed with wondrous architecture. The Finnish capital winds around Baltic bays and islands – and even has its own sea fortress. The bustling market town is awash with modern culture and design and the food scene is bursting with northern European flavours.
From Dhs1,500. Helsinki Airport.
Koh Samui, Thailand
This June, take the stress and expense out of planning your Eid escape and book a trip to the idyllic island of Koh Samui to enjoy a strain-free stay at Samujana villas.
The resort is offering 20 percent off room rates over the Eid break, as well as letting kids stay for free. Kids under 12 will also receive a free welcome pack including colouring books, games and stationary. What a bargain.
From Dhs4,650. Koh Samui, Thailand, www.samujana.com.
Lake Como, Italy
A massive lake, Mediterranean sunshine, a delightful towns to explore and any amount of pizza and pasta. It really doesn’t get much better than this. Mandarin Oriental Lago Di Como has just reopened after a massive renovation and it’s bringing with it a brand new deal.
Starting from $575 (around Dhs2,100) you’ll get a lakefront breakfast for two, a lovely three-course lunch or dinner at CO.MO Bar & Bistrot, daily access to The Spa’s heat and water facilities and 10 percent off all spa treatments.
It’s certainly not the cheapest on this list but if you’re pushing the boat out (get it?) it’s a stunning destination to tick off your list and there’s also direct flights from Dubai with Emirates.
From Dhs2,100 (per night), Lake Como, Italy, www.mandarinoriental.com/lake-como/blevio/luxury-hotel
Fancy completely escaping reality for a while? Well book a long-weekend getaway in a luxury Indian wellness retreat and you’ll get your flights thrown in for free. Or, if you book a four-night stay you’ll get a complimentary night, too.
Atmantan, close to Pune, is running the Fly Free and Pay and Stay offers to celebrate Eid al Firt. You can secure free air travel on three, five, seven or 10-day stays. It’s the ultimate destination for a relaxing and rejuvenating break to help destress and refresh with a number of weightloss, cleansing, holistic, fitness, physiotheraphy or fitness packages. All food and accommodation is included in the price.
From Dhs4,628. Pune, Maharashtra, www.atmantan.com.
Shanghai is famous for its architecture (it’s home to the world’s second-tallest tower), cuisine, shopping and arts scene, and it’s definitely got a lot to offer.
If you’re a fan of dumplings then head to Yang’s Fry Duplings in The Bund & People’s Square, the city’s most famous place for fried dumplings with sesame seeds and spring onions.
Emirates offer numerous daily non-stop flights between Shanghai and Dubai International Airport (DXB), or you can make it a bit cheaper with an in-direct flight through China Eastern.
From Dhs1,900 (return). Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
June is the best possible time to visit Zanzibar. It’s the sunniest, driest month of the year with temperatures averaging around 28 degrees Celsius – perfect for making the most of those golden beaches.
Depending on what you’re after, you’ll be able to experience ultimate tranquillity, or buzzing nightlife, but whatever you want from your holiday don’t miss the statuesque House of Wonders (which was built in 1883 for ceremonial purposes).
Queen fans should make a beeline for Mercury House in Stone Town for a glimpse into the past of rock legend Freddie Mercury, while Monsoon restaurant serves excellent traditional Swahili food. Emirates and flydubai fly to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport from Dubai for around Dhs1,200 return.
From Dhs1,200 (return). Abeid Amani Karume International Airport.
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