Dona Cherian, Guides Writer
With summer travel rates soaring and flights during Eid Al Adha booking up fast, UAE residents usually fall short of budget travel choices.
We have you covered with five amazing countries you can travel to at a round-trip flight cost of less than Dh1,500 per person.
This means for a couple, that would bring the flight rates to lower than Dh3,000 and a four-member family can fly for less than Dh6,000 combined — not taking into account group booking discounts or deals.
Moscow in Russia is the largest city on the European continent and is a major cultural, political and scientific hub for Russia and other Eastern European countries. With its world-renowned architecture and colourful history, this is an amazing choice for a budget trip from the UAE.
Round trip flight cost From Dh1,200 to Dh1,500 Tourist package (not including flights) Starts at Dh1,170 per person for three nights Visa Apply for a tourist visa which might take up to 15 days (Best to process through approved tour operators) Check here for more details
India is vast and you can choose your destination city or state based on what you want to see. Nature, diverse culture and art forms are a guaranteed experience no matter where you go. Our travel recommendations this time around are Kerala - read our travel guide to this green state here, or Goa.
In at least 9 months out of the year, flights to cities such as Kochi, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai fall below Dh1,500.
Round trip flight cost From Dh700 to Dh1,500 Tourist package (not including flights) Starts at Dh1,000 Visa UAE residence visa holders can apply online for a tourist visa (30 days) at least 4 days before departure date (Cost depends on nationality) Check here for more details
Marked deeply by the combination of age-old traditions and its colonial history, the capital city of Colombo is abundant with attractions worth seeing. Instagram-worthy pictures are guaranteed. You can enjoy nature at its best here.
Round trip flight cost From Dh1,100 to Dh1,500 Tour package (Flight and stay) Starts at Dh3,300 per person for 5 nights Visa UAE residence visa holders can apply online for a tourist visa (30 days) which is extendable upon additional payment Check here for more details
Turkey is a melting pot of culture and art, and if you are planning a short trip, go to Istanbul, the capital city. Haunt the treasure trove of markets and visit the beautiful mosques and other architecture in the city. Split between two continents and showing off the cultural influence of all the dynasties that ruled or passed through here, Istanbul is in a league of its own.
Round trip flight cost From Dh1,300 to Dh1,500 Visa You can get e-visas valid for 6 months on a single-entry basis; costs vary based on your nationality Check here for more details
Any trip to Africa, and to be more specific, the Mara is good for the soul if planned properly. With four days, you can do quite a lot in Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of East Africa near Tanzania. Snorkeling, sailing, archaeological attractions, forest safaris, swimming with dolphins and visiting the sombre-sounding Prison Island are a few among of the many things you can do in this beautiful destination.
Round trip flight cost From Dh1,000 onwards Visa You can get e-visas valid for 3 months on a single-entry basis; costs may vary Check here for more details