In case you’ve been living under a rock, Eid al-Adha is just around the corner. Which means it’s time to travel!
But here’s the deal – everyone at work booked their Eid escapes months ago and flight prices over the next week or two are exorbitant. Right? Wrong!
If, like us, you forgot to make plans, we’ve got good news for you. Ahlan! has found affordable flights to eight top destinations over the upcoming Eid weekend! That’s right, there is still time to pack your bags and head off somewhere exotic for Eid, without breaking the bank.
So how does it work? The below destinations and prices are based on flights departing Dubai on 9 August and returning 14 August. So pack your bags and start exploring!
As the birthplace of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, there’s certainly something regal about Salalah and its rich history. The second-largest city in the Sultanate of Oman boasts untouched golden beaches juxtaposed with staggering mountain ranges that wouldn’t look out of place as the backdrop to a Star Wars movie.
Plus, this is the perfect time of the year to go! Every year from late June through September, the Dhofar Province in Oman undergoes an astonishing transformation known as “khareef”. While the rest of the region experiences extreme heat, Salalah comes to life with thick green vegetation, cooler climes and waterfalls flowing from the mountains. It’s a must-see!
INFO: Return flights from Dhs882 on Oman Air
Just a four-hour flight from the UAE, it’s an affordable and convenient getaway. And while Nepal has variety of internal destinations on offer, its capital city Kathmandu is a great place to start exploring the culturally rich country.
Kathmandu is an incredibly diverse historic city with breath-taking Newari architecture, centuries-old sites along with dedicated tourist-friendly accommodations and restaurants. In fact, stepping into Kathmandu is like stepping into another world that everybody should experience at least once.
INFO: Return flights from Dhs1,457 on flydubai
Jaipur is a vibrant and colourful city. Like a good bargain? The markets offer an opportunity to explore the vivacious culture of the region and pick up souvenirs from your trip, including handicrafts, antiques, jewellery, gems, pottery, carpets, textiles, metalwork, leather goods and spices, essentially representing the arts and crafts of Rajasthan.
Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, is also a must-see. The grand Rajputana architecture still speaks to the glory of the royal family, and you can find glimpses of Mughal architecture, too. It has 953 small windows, known as jharokhas, decorated with latticework in a honeycomb-style. Hawa Mahal was built for the women of the royal families, since they had to observe strict purdah, or covering, as the people of the town weren’t permitted to see them. These small windows allowed the women inside to watch processions and other street activities without revealing themselves.
INFO: Return flights from Dhs1,496 on Oman Air
Kenya’s capital city has risen in a single century from a brackish uninhabited swampland to a thriving modern capital. Modern Nairobi is still the safari capital of the Africa, but the modern world has quickly caught up with the city. A frontier town no more, Nairobi has become one of Africa’s largest, and most interesting cities.
It’s also a convenient spot to start your African adventure. It’s here in Kenya that you can challenge yourself to the top of Mount Kenya, paraglide on the Kerio Valley, bike through the escapades of Mount Longonot or better yet, climb the rocks of Hell’s Gate.
INFO: Return flights from Dhs1,772 on Emirates
Istanbul. Rather than being the city that never sleeps, it’s the city that refuses to go to bed even when it’s shattered. It’s a mish-mash of east meets west where ancient souks and centuries-old hammams clash with designer stores and five-star resorts and spas. Rather than settling down and playing with all the other EU regions, the city refuses to let go of its long history, cultures and traditions preferring to let them all bump alongside one another, like the ships that sail its Bosphorous river. What’s more, it’s just a blissful four-hour hop, skip and a jump from the UAE.
INFO: Dhs1,772 on Oman Air
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankans know how to party. The capital city Colombo has some of the trendiest venues around, offering a beachy vibe with a sophisticated twist. It’s also the perfect gateway to start exploring the rest of the colourful country.
A trek through the rainforest is well worth the effort and allows you to get up close with Sri Lankan nature, from ancient trees to incredible wildlife, for an all-natural experience you’ll never forget. And, after a day of adventure, relax with a traditional Ayurvedic massage and a relaxing cup of Sri Lankan Ceylon tea.
INFO: Return flights from Dhs1,958 on Kuwait Air
Yes, an actual European city, the Eid weekend, at an affordable price. Who would’ve thought?
Baku, the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan, is often described as the architectural love child of Paris and Dubai. Eid break is a great time to visit Azerbaijan and to explore everything the country has to offer.
Renowned for its mesmerising natural heritage, rich culinary culture, and exciting cities, the country can offer visitors and families a relaxing yet action-filled holiday.
INFO: Return flights from Dhs1,586 on Etihad Airways
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Sharm El Sheikh is the picturesque Egyptian city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Fortunately, it’s also a stone-throw away from the UAE, and a perfect escape over Eid.
The coral reefs and their breath-taking colours remain a striking attraction, as does the impeccable five star hotels in the region.
INFO: Return flights from Dhs1,864 on Gulf Air