By now, many of you might have already checked your calendars and marked important dates to plan your travel itinerary. Those who have not, well, we are happy to help you plan all those long weekend getaways dotting the year – 2018 is all set to give you plenty of opportunity to fulfill your desire of travelling and adventure! Sun-kissed beaches of Maldives and Goa, football frenzied Russia, medieval Prague – there are numerous destinations awaiting your arrival!
This year, make every holiday count, discover long weekend getaways and travel to places you’ve always wanted to. Bon Voyage!
2018 Long Weekends Holiday Planner for UAE!
Welcome the New Year with new zest and zeal. Kick-start the New Year by planning a weekend getaway with your family to Abu Dhabi! Just two hours away from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the quickest and nearest destination to spend a fun-filled weekend. Enjoy a day at Ferrari World, revel in some thrilling water rides at Yas Waterworld; hit the deserts of Abu Dhabi and indulge in activities like sand boarding, dune bashing, quad biking, and more. Tax-free shopping is another reason to head to the charming and entertaining capital of the UAE!
Come February, an air of romance pervades the entire world! Celebrate the season of love with that special someone and fly away to the most romantic archipelago – the Maldives. Endless pristine white-sand beaches, stunning islands, luxurious resorts, emerald waters, heavenly spas, and candle-light dinners under the sky, the Maldives is a perfect destination for an ideal romantic escape. Unfortunately, Valentines Day falls on a Wednesday, so take two days off on Wednesday and Thursday and set sail for a romantic sojourn!
Those who love travelling will have to suffice with a short trip in the month of March, as there are no long weekends to count on. A road trip to Musandam can be a welcome break from the glitzy mall culture of Dubai. It takes a little over two hours to reach Musandam Peninsula from Dubai. On the way to Musandam, you will come across plenty of scrubby sandy plains, sand dunes, apricot and peach orchards, magnificent rocky mountains, and a few lush, date-palm oasis. Oman Fjords, Bimmah Sink-hole, Khasab Castle, Khawr Najd, and Khasab Fort are a few of the places to see in and around Musandam.
Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj – Ascension day (April 13)
In the month of April, travel to the ‘Land of Fire’, Azerbaijan. Take a flight, and in just three hours, you will be in the largest country of the Caucasus region of Eurasia! The country has ample UNESCO declared cultural and natural heritage sites; experience the unique medical spa therapy, witness the amazing mud volcanoes, enjoy watersports in the Caspian Sea based resorts, or ski at the famous Shahdag Ski Resort. There are interesting souvenirs and handicrafts shops and quaint villages of Azerbaijan make for a great nature hikes and treks. Experience all this and more in a single weekend.
Ramadan (May 16*)
In the holy month of Ramadan, spend time with your loved ones and go to an iftar party hosted by renowned properties like Atlantis and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The Jumeirah Mosque is frequented by locals and tourists alike, during Ramadan. A Suhoor (pre-fasting meal) can be enjoyed in hotels and restaurants between 1:00 am to 4:00 am.
Eid Al Fitr (June 14*)
In June, all roads lead to Russia! The world is waiting with bated breath for the biggest football spectacle to begin! The long weekend can fulfill your desire to watch this beautiful game and also tour the country. With a rich history, Russia boasts of glorious civilizations, culture, and literature. When you are not busy watching the matches, take a tour of stunning cities like Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi, and Kazan – they are a must-visit.
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July has no long weekends. So what? A short trip to the charming country of Georgia can surely uplift your mood and spirit! Nestled between the magnificent Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea, Georgia has plenty of beautiful churches and monasteries, and picturesque towns. Incredible wine, scrumptious food, and friendly locals – this off-beat destination is a must-visit. Tourists can look forward to some scenic hiking trails, mountaineering, river rafting, trekking, horse riding, and numerous other amazing adventure activities in Georgia!
Arafat (Haj) Day (August 20 *)
Eid Al Adha – Feast of Sacrifice (August 21/22*)
August has a super long weekend waiting for you! The idea is to plan in advance, and travel to a faraway destination. How about the stunning and fascinating capital of Czech Republic, Prague? From medieval churches, to spires and buttresses of the Gothic period – Prague is a treasure trove for history buffs. Spend time outdoors, explore the city and the neighbourhood, and dine in open spaces. Those with a sweet tooth are in for a treat as candies, sweets, and chocolates are available at every nook and corner of the city.
Al Hijri – Islamic New Year (September 11*)
Unlike last year, this year residents of the UAE will not be able to celebrate Al Hijri on a long weekend. However, Ras Al Khaimah can bring some respite from work – even if it’s just for a day. One and a half hour away from Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah boasts of sandy deserts, beautiful mountains, and lush greenery dotted with a series of lagoons and creeks. From mountain climbing to kayaking, from golfing to fishing; there are a plethora of activities to choose from.
Looking for a quick weekend getaway? Jordan is your best bet. With a merely three-hour flight from Dubai, you will be in the magical country of Jordan! Don’t go by its size – the country is packed with historical and natural wonders. Explore wonders like Wadi Rum, the famous Nabatean wonder of Petra, the Roman ruins, the Crusader Castle, and last but not the least, enjoy a mandatory swim in the Dead Sea! If this is not enough, mouth-watering cuisines complemented with Jordanian hospitality will definitely win your heart.
Milad Un Nabi (November 19)
Commemoration Day (November 30)
The holiday season gets better in November. Make the most of the long weekend by flying off to the Seychelles – the true tropical paradise. The archipelago boasts of white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and plenty of sunshine. Savour some delectable food, enjoy the best sunsets in the world – the Seychelles is pure bliss.
On the Commemoration Day weekend, head to the shores of Goa. A travellers’ delight and the most tourist friendly state of India, Goa is the best place to spend a sweet and short vacation. Relax in one the beaches, enjoy delicious food, and have the time of your life!
UAE National Day (December 2)
New Year’s Eve (December 31)
Now this is called a double whammy! Two long weekends in December await you! Plan a trip to Nepal during the UAE National Day. The skies are clear and the views are simply breath-taking. Loftiest of mountains, stunning lakes, quaint Buddhist monasteries, pristine natural forests – do you need more reasons to head to the ‘Land of the Himalayas’?
We are giving you ample time to plan a great New Year’s Eve celebration. With a long weekend coming your way, make the best use of it. The southern hemisphere is not too bad an option to ring in the New Year. From majestic wildlife to the rugged Outback, from famous golden beaches to verdant rainforests – Australia is a land full of surprises. So, pick your favourite city and get ready to experience the land ‘Down Under’.
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