Do you need a break? With a four-day weekend coming up next week (likely to start Tuesday August 30 or Wednesday August 31, continuing until the following Sunday), now’s a better time than ever to escape the city. Many expat residents spend just a few years in Dubai, and for most it’s the time of our lives when we’re most central in the world, making travel a high priority.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan: ‘eid’ means ‘festivity’ in Arabic, and ‘al-fitr’ means ‘original nature’, implying that people, after fasting, will have restored their human nature to its purest state. The dates change every year, but Eid is always three days long. With September 3 – the day that may follow Eid – being a Saturday, this is as opportune a time as any to book a three-night break. We’ve found cheap options (all prices include taxes), adventurous breaks (fancy being in the middle of a stampede of wildebeests?), city sojourns and truly relaxing escapes, all within seven hours’ flight of Dubai. Read on and get booking!Cheap breaks
Silver sands and turquoise seas offer a fantastic backdrop for whiling away the days, dining only on barbecued fish, spicy Goan seafood curries and fresh fruit. For those looking for a more active getaway, Goa’s renowned (and somewhat infamous) nightlife scene speaks for itself.Don’t miss:
It’s difficult to choose just one attraction, but for culture fans the Cabo da Rama Fort is worth a visit. Those looking for a bargain (and beautiful souvenirs) should head to Anjuna Flea Market.Where to stay:
Villa Anjuna, in Anjuna Beach, offers basic but clean rooms from Dhs150 a night. It also has a pool.www.villaanjuna.com (+91 832 227 3443).Airline to try:
Fly direct from Dubai to Goa with Kingfisher Airlines from Dhs1,600 return.www.flykingfisher.com.