Dubai is an international traveller’s paradise flaunting everything from profound traditions to ultramodern architecture and from pulsating nightlife to natural wonders. If you live in Dubai, you may have seen most of this emirate and city! So go beyond the familiar and plan a vacation outside the UAE. Unlike the commonly held notion, travelling abroad need not burn a hole in your pocket. Here’s our list of cheap travel destinations from Dubai that will suit your budget and let you explore new lands.
Cheap holidays from Dubai that won’t burn a hole in your pocket!
1. Kyrgyzstan – budget holidays from Dubai
The beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan is a dream for budget travellers; after all, 1 AED converts to 19 Kyrgyzstani Som! Known as the ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’, the best part about this mesmerizing country is the fact that UAE residents having a valid UAE residence visa can visit Kyrgyzstan visa-free for a period of 30 days. Relatively untouched by tourism, activities you can undertake in Kyrgyzstan include hiking in the Ala Archa National Park, witnessing eagle-hunters in action, exploring the nomad culture, beholding the historical ruins along the ancient Silk Route and munching on food that’s heavy on the stomach but light on the pocket.
2. Serbia – a happening, yet cheap option in Eastern Europe!
Serbia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, relatively untouched by modern tourism. That explains why the country is still affordable for tourists! Add to that the fact that Serbia is visa free for most EU, UAE and India passport-holders. Some of the best “things to do and see” in the capital city, Belgrade don’t cost anything and other Serbian cities like Novi Sad are even cheaper. (Also read: Is Serbia A Good Place To Visit In Spring? Check out these stunning 8 images & decide for yourself!)
Food in Serbia is quite reasonably priced, as “fast food” options are plentiful out there offering everything from Serbian style burgers to meat snacks costing not more than 6 – 10 AED per meal. Burek, a meat or cheese-filled pastry is probably the most budget friendly option. Transportation in Serbia also does not cost much – opt for the bus (cheaper and more frequent) instead of the train. A meal for two in a mid-range restaurant won’t cost you more than 80 AED while a double room in a 3-4 star restaurant will cost your around 15-180 AED per night.
3. Georgia – charming mountain destination close to Dubai!
Georgia, one of the cheap travel destinations from Dubai, is a lovely nation bringing to you charming towns, delicious cuisine and astounding historical landmarks. Accommodation is economical according to global standards, proving this nation to be a cheap international travel destination to visit for globetrotters. Its capital Tbilisi (just a little over 3 hours away from Dubai by flight) features plentiful local markets offering attractive products at dirt cheap rates. Georgia is already gaining high visibility among international travellers. Visit it before it gets too crowded!
4. Egypt – cheap African destination from Dubai
Egypt, one of the best places to visit from Dubai, takes you back in time with its Great Sphinx, Luxor Temple, Pyramids of Giza and Abu Simbel. Its friendly people, lip-smacking food and bustling marketplaces will undoubtedly win your heart. Carry some cash for payment in shops and stores. Egypt relies heavily on them. This country is only 4 hours away from Dubai and the flight prices are the best during festive offers.
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5. India – one of the best weekend destinations from Dubai
India is a dream destination for every budget traveller on a shoestring budget! Be it accommodation, public transport or food – India won’t be hard on your pocket! Your per day expenditure can be as low as 55 AED! Go for an Indian ‘thali’ comprising of several mouth-watering dishes with sweets, served together in a large plate – most places will offer you a cheap deal on such thalis. Once you find a budget flight to any major city of India, you can travel within the country using its extensive railway or road network, which are quite affordable too!
A trip to India is incomplete if you don’t explore ‘One of the New Seven Wonders of the World’ – the Taj Mahal. Keep in mind that this architectural marvel is closed on every Friday. Frame your travel plans accordingly.
6. Morocco – one of the stunning holiday destinations near Dubai
Morocco is home to visually-stunning, multi-coloured souqs, walled meighbourhoods (medinas) and
charming riads (traditional Moroccan homes that capture the true essence of its culture). Unbelievable as it may sound, Morocco turns out to be a humbly-priced place for all. Example: A meal in an expensive restaurant costs 12 AED only, and one-way ticket in a local transport amounts to 1.60 AED only. Some of the well-known cities and towns are Marrakesh, Casablanca and Fes.
7. Azerbaijan – budget holiday destination near Dubai!
Azerbaijan, often terming itself as ‘The Land of Fire’, is world-renowned for having nine of the planet’s eleven ecological zones. Furthermore, it provides the perfect blend of age-old traditions and modern development. Azerbaijan, one of the best destinations from Dubai, is an already popular tourist destination among the natives of Dubai. The two key reasons are: Firstly, Azerbaijan has a large Muslim population. This means searching for halal food or a mosque to pray isn’t a concern. Secondly, the prices prove reasonable. For instance, one-way ticket of a local transport in Azerbaijan’s Baku costs 0.43 AED, however in Dubai it costs 5 AED. Hence we say, Azerbaijan is one of the cheapest European countries to visit from Dubai!
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8.Ukraine– Cheap European Destination from Dubai
Ukraine is known as the Land of Seven Wonders because of the seven cultural and historical monuments that Ukraine hosts. If you are looking for cheap travel destinations from Dubai, then Ukraine is a must visit. A daily budget of around 100 AED is good enough for this cheap European destination. A contrast of the flaunting coastlines around Odessa and the city of Kiev are some of the must visit places in Ukraine.
9. Sri Lanka – weekend trips from Dubai
Often called as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ and one of the affordable travel destinations from Dubai, Sri Lanka displays jaw-dropping mountains, magnificent waterfalls, spectacular tea plantations and sparkling sands. This is the paradise for nature-lovers! To be kind to your pocket, eat where the Sri Lankans eat, depend on the inter-city trains and explore the off-beat attractions.
10. Nepal – budget holiday, yet beautiful!
Nepal is regarded by numerous travel websites as one of the world’s most budget-friendly destination, thanks to its affordable hotels, food, drinks and public transport. A delectable meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs 7.03 AED and one-way ticket in a local transport is 0.70 AED only – no wonder it is the cheapest country to visit from Dubai. Adventure-buffs can trek independently which proves affordable. Travelling to Nepal is simpler too, thanks to the e-visa facility available online. You can trek to the Himalayas, admire the scenic lakes and picturesque vistas along with meeting hospitable natives on the way. Cheap inter-country transportation is also available.
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11. Oman – short trips from Dubai
Located just an hour’s flight away, Oman’s capital city of Muscat is one of the best short destinations from Dubai! Better yet, if you love going on a good old budget-friendly road trip, you can rent a car for cheap in Dubai and head over to Musandam in Oman. Termed as the ‘Norway of Arabia’, the mountainous coastal region of Musandam is a heaven for thrill seekers, beach bums and history buffs. Another place that you should check out in Oman is the city of Salalah. In the monsoons, the barren deserts surrounding this city magically turn into a rainforest and you should definitely witness this phenomenon.