NOTHING beats the feeling of an unexpected holiday and cheers ran out across the Lovin Dubai offices as soon as we heard we’re getting an extra-long weekend for Eid.
The private sector have the entire week off, while the public sector will only have two working days next week. So basically everyone has the opportunity for a quick getaway, and we’ve scoured the internet to bring you some fun destinations you may not have thought of.
Here are our top picks:
1. Kathmandu, Nepal
Just over four hours from Dubai, while we all know Nepal as a trekkers dream, you don’t NEED to don your hiking boots to explore this unique country. Visit ancient temple and holy shrines, view fascinating landscapes, eat traditional Newari food and spend a day exploring the local shops where you’ll find quality carpets and paper prints made locally by artisans.
Must see: Kathmandu’s Durbar Square: a lively area of bustling shops, markets and winding old lane ways.
2. Tbilisi, Georgia
Tbilisi is the charming capital of Georgia, a town with a long history which is still clearly visible through the vast and impressive architecture. Set deep in the valley of the Mtkvari River, this picturesque town has a vibrant cultural scene, varied accommodation options for visitors, museums, parks and galleries. Must sees include the Museum of Georgia and the Narikala Fortress, a structure which looms over the entire town and dates back to the fourth century.
3. Goa, India
This Western State of India is known for its fabulous beaches and lively party atmosphere. You’ll find 17th-century preserved churches (due to it’s history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961), along with tropical vegetation and popular beaches, whose names can be roughly translated as ‘laid-back’…so you can guess what type of scene it is. Charming, tropical and fun, Goa is a spot you’re not going to want to miss.
Must see: The Basilica of Bom Jesus
4. Moscow, Russia
With flights for under AED 1,500, Moscow is top of our Eid wish list. Situated in Western Russia, the capital is steeped in history and culture. One of Europe’s largest cities, you won’t be bored here with the likes of The Kremlin, the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre on top of your tourist checklist.
Must see: The Kremlin
5. Budapest, Hungary
Hungary’s capital city sits on the river Danube is another great getaway from Dubai. With flight time just over 5 hours, we reckon it’s perfect for our extra-long weekend. Relax in one of the cities famous spas or spend your days sightseeing and taking in the cities incredible architecture. Visit the Royal Palace, stroll across the Danube and its bridges or visit the Parliament, where you can enter the North Wing of the property.
Must see: The Royal Palace