Best Dubai and UAE road trips 2018Emma Pearsonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/389532-best-dubai-and-uae-road-trips-2018Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:20:06 +0400We’re gonna hit the highway like a battering ram on a silver-black phantom bike. Or rather, we’re picking up the hire car and firing up our Google Maps.

Dubai is perfectly placed for a road trip and whether you’re looking for a bit of downtime by the beach or a spine-tingling adrenaline rush, you’ll find it almost on your doorstep.

Below are some suggestions for routes from Dubai, with the estimated travel time from Dubai Marina. So fill up the tank, load up on snacks and hit the road.

Hatta

Driving time: 1hr 50mins (155km).
The drive north to this UAE exclave is almost as stunning as the scenery that greets you upon arrival.

Over the years, Hatta has been used as a summer home by Dubaians wanting to escape the heat and, due its relatively mild climate, has become a draw for holidaymakers from the UAE as a whole.

The government has just forked out Dhs1.3 billion on a project aimed at making the area more eco-friendly and desirable for tourists, so now is a better time to visit than ever.

Things to do
Visit the rock pools

The Hatta rock pools are natural fresh water springs and waterfalls forming deep pools within the crevices of the rock, where you can glide through the clear waters to your heart’s content. The pools themselves are situated in Oman, so you’ll need a passport or Emirates ID to cross the border, but the 80-mile drive from Dubai is an experience in itself.

After tearing your way through vast stretches of desert, you will come to rocky crevices, natural water pools and palm oases.

The best time to see the pools themselves is early morning or late afternoon, when a misty light settles over the peaks, casting deep shadows between the crevices. Streams of fresh water flow between narrow openings in the rocks and as you wade further through, the crystal clear pools become incredibly deep, allowing you to see the fish swimming around your feet.

Go kayaking on Hatta Dam
The Hatta Dam looks like it could have been taken straight from a postcard. It’s surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Hajar Mountains and the blue waters are an absolute sight to behold. Get out on the water with a spot of kayaking, costing just Dhs60, or alternatively you can venture out on a pedal boat (Dhs120) or a donut boat (Dhs150) if you’re with mates.
From Dhs60. Hatta Kayak, Hatta Dam, Hatta, www.hattakayak.com.

Go mountain biking in the Hajar Mountains

Dubai might be famed for sand dunes, watersports and zip lines from skyscrapers, but head to Hatta, and the Hajar Mountains offer a whole new way to get your adrenaline fix, with mountain biking in the great outdoors.

If you don’t have your own set of wheels, stop off at Showka Bicycles on the way and hire a mountain bike. The store is open at 6am at weekends and an hour will set you back Dhs75. Two hours will cost Dhs150 and three to four hours is priced at Dhs225. Once kitted up head for the hills. The Hatta Bike Trail Mountain Centre (www.hattamt.ae) has loads of suggested routes, which are colour coded like ski slopes by ability, with green for beginners, up to black for experienced riders.

You can camp at the trail centre and parking is free, too.
Bike rental: From Dhs75 per hour. Open Su, Wed, Thu 8am-4pm; Fri-Sat 6am-4pm; closed Mon and Tue. Showka Bicycles, Hatta, www.showka.bike (050 859 1934).

Get the adrenaline pumping at Hatta Wadi Hub
The hub offers “paid and free” experiences, including mountain bike rides, kayaking along the dam, axe throwing, freefall jumping off cliffs and twin ziplining.
From Dhs30 (archery). Hajar Mountains, Dubai, www.visithatta.com (800 637227).

Explore the town
The town is home to the 16th century Hatta Fort and the Juma mosque, built in 1780, and Hatta Heritage Village is a detailed desert replica of an ancient mountain village.

Make a night of it
JA Hatta Fort Hotel is based up in the picturesque mountain landscape of Hajar. All 48 of the resort’s deluxe chalet-style rooms, as well as two additional suites and villas, have climate-controlled showers in each bathroom, alongside sun-terraces and balconies. Outside, the 80-acre garden space offers a huge array of leisure and entertainment activities. From swimming to archery, mini golf and tennis, there’s something for everyone.

If you’re in a bit more of a relaxed mood, take advantage of the hotel’s swimming pools, spa area or gymnasium; while families can enjoy strolling around the mini zoo, featuring goats, ducks and camel rides.
JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Dubai-Hatta Road, www.jaresortshotels.com (04 809 9333).

Fujairah

Driving time: 2hrs 7mins (192km).
Cultural tours, quality diving, relaxing weekends and the UAE’s best sunrises can all be found in Fujairah. Pack your bags and head away for a weekend break sandwiched between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Don’t mind if we do…

Things to do
Take a cultural tour

The Fujairah Fort outdates the formation of the UAE by centuries and has a colourful and proud history. Damaged in the early 20th century by British soldiers, it has since been restored to its former glory and the surrounding area turned into a heritage village that should sit high on your list of must-see sites. While Fujairah Fort rightly dominates photo albums, the neighbouring Fujairah Museum is worthy of exploration and Al Hayl Castle is another excellent attraction that’s worth the 15-minute drive.

If you want a deeper understanding of Emirati heritage, go on a voyage to the oldest mosque in the entire UAE, Al Bidya Mosque. Located in a small village in the emirate, the mud and stone structure is thought to have been built in the 15th century, but many experts feel its construction dates back even further than that. Apart from some minor restoration work, the mosque has stayed true to its roots, offering visitors a unique insight into the past.
Al Bidyah Mosque: Take the coastal road north out of Fujairah and past Khor Fakkan until reaching the village of Badiyah.

Go snorkelling at Snoopy Island

It’s not unusual to see turtles, sharks and rays among enormous schools of fish when you get your face wet at Snoopy Island. Most Fujairah hotels offer diving packages in the Indian Ocean. Head to Sandy Beach dive centre for equipment hire and guided dives.
From Dhs50 (snorkelling). Sandy Beach Hotel & Resort,  Al Aqaa – Fujairah (051 407 54750).

Explore wadis and mountains
Drag your eyes away from the Indian Ocean and look back inland for views of the imposing Hajar Mountains backdrop. The craggy peaks and wadis offer the country’s best hiking spots and some amazing scenery.
Different to the rolling dunes and pristine beaches, this is rugged and challenging. Tour organiser Absolute Adventure has hiking and dhow cruises available.
Absolute Adventure, 606 SIT Tower, Silicon Oasis, Dubai, www.adventure.ae (04 392 6463).

Abu Dhabi

Driving time: 1hrs 14mins (119km).
Head to the nation’s capital for culture by the bucket-load, as well as beautiful natural landscape and stunning infrastructure that you have to see to believe. Prepare for your eyes to bulge and your jaws to drop. Let’s hope the wind doesn’t change…

Things to do
Witness a spectacle at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This majestic architectural marvel attracts thousands of worshippers and visitors each and every week. Voted the second favourite landmark in the world in 2017 by TripAdvisor (ranking ahead of iconic sights such as the Taj Mahal and Sydney Opera House), it should be the first stop on any trip to the capital.

Construction started in 1996, taking a staggering 11 years to complete. The epic project features 82 domes, the world’s largest hand-woven carpet and a chandelier embedded with one million crystals.

Free guided tours are held, with staff on hand to answer questions and enlighten you on all elements of Islamic culture as well as the building itself. 
Free. Open Sat-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri 4.30pm-10pm. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street, Abu Dhabi (02 419 1919).

Peruse some art at Louvre Abu Dhabi

The world was waiting for a decade, but at the end of 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi finally opened. And, yes, it was worth the wait. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the crown jewel in the capital city’s burgeoning Cultural District in Saadiyat Island, which is already attracting tourists from all over the world. The architectural marvel – which is the result of a partnership between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France – is home to more than 600 artworks, half of which will be loaned by 13 of France’s biggest cultural institutions.

The art on display includes classics from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse and Édouard Manet as well as more modern greats including Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. Besides the permanent collection there are also regular visiting exhibitions, live performances and workshops.
From Dhs30. Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, www.louvreabudhabi.ae (600 565 566).

Go kayaking in the Eastern Mangroves

One thing we love about the UAE’s capital is that it’s not all about stunning skyscrapers, impressive landmarks and long stretches of golden sands (although we do love those things, too). The lush greenery and azure waters of the Eastern Mangroves are a truly breath-taking sight, so a visit should be right at the top of your Abu Dhabi bucket list. You can see them up-close by diving in for a fun-packed kayak session. Pick up a paddle and explore Abu Dhabi’s beautiful landscapes during a trip through the Gulf waters. There really isn’t a better way of taking in the vast mangrove forests.
From Dhs160 (adults). Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Salam Street, Abu Dhabi (02 656 1000).

Race to Yas Marina Circuit
For motor sport fans, it really doesn’t get any better than hurtling down an F1 track like your heroes. Yas Marina Circuit is fuelling the dreams of petrolheads all over the land by offering the chance for drivers to put a Formula 3000 car through its paces. There are loads of other driving experience options, too. Get on track for a high-octane experience by getting behind the wheel of a fantastic fleet of racing machines. It’s time to take the McLaren by the horns and live in the fast lane.
Marina, Abu Dhabi, www.yasmarinacircuit.com (02 659 9800).

Al Ain

Driving time: 1hr 40mins (149km).
Being bound on all sides by desert, the UAE is hardly well known for its greenery, but as soon as you approach this most verdant of outposts on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, you’ll soon realise how it gets its “Garden City” moniker.

Things to do
Explore Al Ain Oasis

It’s not called Al Ain Oasis for nothing, this is a lush area, filled with trees, plants and plenty of shrubbery. There are almost 150,000 date palms in this tranquil spot in the middle of Al Ain city and it uses the traditional falaj water system for irrigation and wells to store the water.
Hessa bint Mohammed Street, Al Mutawaa, Al Ain (03 712 8523)

Dive into some water sports
Navigate your way through crashing waves of an adrenaline-charged white-water rafting experience at the base of Jebel Hafeet. As well as white water rafting, Wadi Adventure offers kayaking, wakeboarding and surfing. All raft trips include a professional guide and all of the safety equipment you could need, so get ready to make an almighty splash.
From Dhs35 (adults). Open daily 11am-7pm, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, www.wadiadventure.ae (03 781 8422).

Jebel Hafeet

At a towering 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the highest peak in Abu Dhabi, but the mountain will make you work for those rewarding views. Forged out of craggy limestone, weathered over the course of million years, this mountainous landmark stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman.

You can drive your way to the top (it is one of the best road trips around) or cycle to the summit via a winding highway.
Jebel Hafeet, Al Ai, www.visitabudhabi.ae.

Ras Al Khaimah

Driving time: 1hr 20mins (113km).
It might be trying to transform itself into a party destination (“the Ibiza of the UAE”, no less) but Ras Al Khaimah’s charm lies in its mellow ambience. A casual stroll along part of the 64km of white-sand coast followed by dinner overlooking Al Hamra Marina is an idyllic way to relax after making the drive up here, before you start on all of the adrenaline-inducing stuff that Ras Al Khaimah has by the absolute bucket-load.

Things to do
Longest zip line

World’s tallest building? Check. World’s tallest hotel? Tick that one off. World’s fastest roller coaster? Yes, that’s sorted. What else have you got, UAE? Well, how about the world’s longest zip line? That’s not a problem, either. Jebel Jais Flight is 2.83km-long (the same length as 28 football pitches) and can accommodate 400 people per day flying down the line at speeds of up to 150kph from 1,680m above sea level.
Dhs650. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah, www.toroverdeuae.com.

Explore a deserted town

If the hustle and bustle of daily life gets a bit much, then there is a place you are guaranteed plenty of peace and quiet. The abandoned pearling village of Jazirat Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah has remained almost unchanged since its inhabitants left in 1968, making it a permanent monument to a bygone era. Populated constantly from the 16th century until just 40 years ago, forts, schools, mosques and many other buildings still stand in the area. While it is completely empty, the vilage’s atmospheric, almost end-of-the-world quality ensures its gets its fair share of visits from intrigued tourists. It even has a celebrity friend in the form of Brad Pitt, who flew down by helicopter to film scenes for War Machine, which was released on Netflix in 2017.
Between Al Hamra Village and Al Jazeera Port in Ras Al Khaimah.

Dhayah Fort
Head up here day or night for a view out across RAK that will take your breath away. The fort dates back to the 16th century when it was built in a strategic hilltop position facing the gulf. There’s 234 steps to the top, but persevere and you’ll be rewarded.
Al Rams (056 334 3464).

Don’t miss these

Ajman
Driving time: 1hr (56km).
The UAE’s tiniest emirate just proves that the best things come in small packages. If you’re desperate to escape the hubbub of big city life, head up to Ajman for a more laid-back vibe. It’s little wonder they’re so easy-going when they have some of the nation’s best beaches to chill out on, one of the finest being at Ajman Hotel (www.hotelajman.com). The drive up takes you on the Emirates Highway, with gorgeous dunes around you. Once there, you must visit the Ajman Museum, set in an 18th century fort and offering a cultural insight into the emirate.



Liwa Oasis
Driving time: 3hrs (309km).
Head about 100 miles south west of the capital and you’ll find a desert settlement of roughly 50 villages and the former home of the ruling families of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The highpoint in the local calendar is the Liwa Date Festival, an event celebrating the various customs, traditions and heritage of the UAE, in particular the date palm tree.

The area contains a number of forts worth visiting, along with the imposing Moreeb Dune, but due to its remoteness, Liwa is ideal for just getting away from it all. If you book early enough, you can get some cracking deals at the luxury Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (www.qasralsarab.anantara.com), where you can soak up the mystique of the Empty Quarter as you survey your unique surroundings.

Musandam Peninsula
Driving time: 3hrs 8mins (234km).
Arguably one of the most scenic routes out of the UAE, the drive to Musandam is worth the effort for a plethora of reasons. Not only will you be treated to the most stunning landscapes of offer in the region, once in this Omani outpost, you’ll find a hive of sporting activity – most of it based on the water. From kayaking the “fjords” to going fishing using traditional equipment, Musandam has a wealth of aquatic activities on offer.

Salalah
Driving time: 11hrs 30mins (1,236km).
By far the longest trip on our list, you’ll definitely want to make a weekend of it down in Salalah. For those brave enough to tackle this trek (you might want a co-driver or two for this one), the rewards here are immense, as this coastal city is as wonderfully welcoming as it is abundant with nature. In the monsoon, or khareef, season (July to September) this green city becomes even greener, but even though you might’ve missed that particular boat this year, we suggest you climb aboard another and go dolphin-watching.

Sharjah
Driving time: 46mins (48km).
Rightly regarded as the UAE’s cultural capital, Sharjah really likes to go against the grain. Once you navigated the traffic (we suggest avoiding peak times) and waved hello to the so-called “Smile, you’re in Sharjah” Roundabout, what you will discover is a city well versed in its history and heritage. There are plenty of museums (www.sharjahmuseums.ae) to quench your thirst for culture in Sharjah and you want to get at one with nature then you can take a turn around Sharjah Aquarium (06 528 5288) and Sharjah Desert Park (06 531 1999) where you can pet and feed goats, camels and ducks as well as ride camels.

Camping out
Desert Safari

To experience what life was like before the skyscrapers, head out on desert sarafi. As well as bedding down in a Bedouin camp, there’s often entertainment in offer including traditional dancing, dune surfing and henna artists, as well as some Emirati grub fresh off the barbecue.
Dhs995 (overnight desert safari), Platinum Heritage, www.platinum-heritage.com (04 440 9827).

Hatta Mountain huts

The new luxury trailer and lodge accommodation on the Hajar Mountains opened last month it’s bringing a new level of camping to Dubai. From Dhs250 per night, travellers can camp along the banks of the Hatta dams in a decked out trailer, each with their own terrace with couches and chairs to lounge in. The Hatta Sedr trailers also have a kitchenette attached for home-style cooking, while guests can also use the barbecue facilities and gather round the communal fire pit when it gets a bit nippy. Also starting at Dhs250 a night are the Hatta Damani Lodges, each overlooking the Hatta Dam on three different levels on the mountain. It may look like a regular hut on the outside, but guests can expect to be treated to their own private terrace, large TV and communal bonfire and barbecue facilities.
From Dhs250 per night. Hajar Mountains, Dubai, www.visithatta.com (800 637227).

The Longbeach Campground

Camp out on the beach in Ras Al Khaimah in a deluxe tent with a buffet breakfast, a barbecue, gardens and an outdoor pool all onsite. There’s also restaurants dotted around and you’ll even get a roll-out memory foam mattress for camping luxury.
From 599 (Thu), from Dhs799 (Fri). King Faisal Street, Ras Al Khaimah, www.binmajid.com (800 5700).

Animal experiences
Falcon hospital in Abu Dhabi
We love our falcons here in the UAE and a dedicated hospital in Al Ain looks after 11,000 of them every year. The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the first public institution in the UAE providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons, and you can pop your beak in and take a guided tour.
Dhs170. Sun-Thu 10am-2pm. Next to Abu Dhabi International Airport (02 575 5155).

Go shopping at Al Ain Camel Market
Chances are you don’t actually want to buy a camel. Visit Al Ain’s famous camel market and you might have a job on your hands convincing the persuasive salesman and farmers of this. Behind Bawadi Mall is one of the UAE’s largest and best-known camel souks and, even if you’re not in the market for a dromedary, it’s fascinating to walk around and see the action.
Dhs30. Open Tues-Thu 6am-7pm; Fri 3pm-5pm; Mon closed. Zayed Bin Sultan Street, Al Ain (03 711 8311).

Sir Bani Yas Island Safari
It’ll take a few hours to drive to but once you make it to the island from the port at Jebel Dhanna, it’ll be worth the journey. There’s as much adventure as relaxation here and we recommend making the most of the trip by taking a nature and wildlife drive. There are cheetahs, giraffes, flamingos and more to see in the Arabian Wildlife Park. You can also try your hand at horse riding, archery, land sailing and mountain biking across the island terrain.
Sir Baniyas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.sirbaiyasisland.com.

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10 reasons why Cairo is your best winter escape destinationhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/387719-10-reasons-why-cairo-is-your-best-winter-escape-destinationWed, 31 Oct 2018 11:01:47 +0400Whoever thinks New York is the only city that never sleeps has never visited the lively city of Cairo before, and Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza has a few splendid reasons why now’s the perfect time to jet off there.

With winter well on its way and now that temperatures are starting to cool down, Cairo’s long sunny mornings and breezy evenings are in full swing, giving curious travellers the chance to explore a city of art, architecture, and cultural activities.

And at the centre of it all is Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. With complete views of the city's skyline, eight stellar dining experiences, a rejuvenating spa, along with a good idea of the best things to see and do, it’s the ideal spot.

From seeing the one of the Seven Wonders of the World to exploring a 1,000-year-old market, here’s a glimpse at the luxury hotel’s ten best reasons to visit Cairo over winter.

1) Explore the Pyramids of Giza on a sunny winter day

The magnificent 5000-year old Pyramids of Giza are a must-see attraction for everyone visiting Cairo. As the only remaining monument on the list of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”, their scale is bound is sure to leave you in awe, and of course make for a popular shot on any Instagram feed. Going in winter makes venturing on a full-day trip to the pyramids breezy – both figuratively and literally.

2) Enjoy a cultural evening at Cairo Opera House
For all those arts lovers out there, the Cairo Opera House is a no-brainer. The house brimming with culture hosts various art performances by local and international artists, bringing a collection of thrilling and unique entertainment each month. Expect everything from contemporary dance companies to blind orchestras performing their best.

3) Soak up the sun and sea with a trip to Ain El Sokhna
Winter may get a little chilly, so what better way to heat up than going to a place that translates to “hot springs”. Ain El Sokhna is a peaceful haven around a two-hour drive away from Cairo, being the city’s closest seaside destination. With sunshine all-year round and the chance to lounge in the Red Sea or the soft sandy beaches, this is the place to soak up all that sun. If you’re looking to find out what the locals consider a weekend escape, look no further.

4) Wander around Downtown Cairo streets
Designed by French architects and built in the late 19th century by Khedive Ismail, Downtown Cairo is only a 15-minute walk from Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, and definitely a place to wander around for the day. With places such as the Egyptian Museum, Tahrir square and Qasr Abdeen to wander around, it’s the beating heart of Cairo. From its charming old streets and marvellous European-style buildings, along with a chance to grab a hot cup of tea with mint or a hot chocolate at the 100-year-old Café Riche, this is a spot not to be missed.

5) Have a sunny picnic in a felucca along the River Nile
It’s the longest river in the world, so being able to gaze at it from your balcony at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza is quite the sight to behold. But why stare at it when you can cruise along it? Book a felucca – a traditional wooden sailing boat – with the hotel concierge team, and get a first-hand experience almost hand-painted skies while tucking into a picnic.

6) Explore Cairo’s 1,000-year-old market

This is a bustling market that takes the word “vintage” to a whole new level. Check out the Khan El Khalili bazaar to uncover an excellent variety of leather goods, embroidered clothing and hand-carved woodwork, and make sure to pay a visit to El Sagha for a good measure of gold and silver jewellery.

7) Discover Cairo’s renowned island on foot
Trekkers, it’s time to lace up those sneakers and start exploring Cairo on foot, and there is no better place to start than the beautiful island of Zamalek – only a 15-minute walk from Four Seasons hotel. A neighbourhood made up of slender streets and leafy paths, it has a stunning close-up view of the enchanting River Nile, and is the home to trendy cafés, restaurants, boutiques and clubs.

8) Travel back in time with Cairo’s most fascinating Palaces
From the masterpieces at Princess Aisha Fahmy Palace to the royal Manial Palace that tells the story of architectural grandeur, check out Cairo’s lavish palaces and get a taste of royalty. There’s also the Amir Taz Palace, Al-Gawhara Palace, Abdeen Palace and many more to explore, telling great stories of the modern history of Egypt.

9) Treat yourself to a day of royalty rituals and relaxation at Four Seasons Spa

Overflowing with the secrets of beauty, it’s only natural that the lush Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza knows how to make you radiate with beauty. Experience Cleopatra’s legendary warm milk and honey bath treatment, followed by an intense massage session that is bound to heat you up right at the core. With sweet aromas and the relaxing indoor pool, come here to feel pampered.

10) Shop ‘til you drop
So many places to shop, and plenty of time to do it. If you’re looking for a shopping spree, you first stop has to be inside Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza’s Beymen Mall, with designer brands such as Dior, Gucci, Just Cavalli and many more to name a few. There’s also the Mall of Egypt with local and international retailers, dining outlets and Egypt’s first snow park – Ski Egypt. Along with Cairo Festival City Mall that has more than 300 indoor and outdoor retail experiences and City Stars Mall with world-class fashion brands, You can’t go wrong with shopping in Cairo.
For more information or reservations, visit: www.fourseasons.com/caironp or email: cai.concierge@fourseasons.com

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Bargain Dhs169 flights from UAE to Indiahttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/385135-bargain-dhs169-flights-from-uae-to-indiaThu, 27 Sep 2018 07:36:37 +0400With the weather cooling down across the region, it's the perfect time to take a spontaneous trip to one of the many amazing destinations near the UAE.

And with these flight deals from Air Arabia, it might be a lot cheaper than you think.

The airline has slashed prices on fares to Indian cities including Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

You can get a one-way ticket there for as little as Dhs169, with flights to Bahrain, Karachi, Kuwait, Muscat and Salalah available from Dhs199.
There is one slight catch, which is that all the flights leave from Sharjah Airport.

However, it's easy to get to – coming in at just under an hour's drive from Dubai Marina.

Alternatively, you can take the Metro to Rashidiya and get an Air Arabia coach direct from there. That'll take a total of approximately two and a half hours.

All in all though, these are deals that are well worth making the journey for.

Air Arabia hasn't revealed exactly when the sale will end but its website says the fares "won't last long", so you'd best get booking soon.
For more information, go to airarabia.com.

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Huge discounts on flights to India with Jet Airwayshttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/383365-huge-discounts-on-flights-to-india-with-jet-airwaysSun, 09 Sep 2018 05:57:48 +0400If you’ve been meaning to explore India but haven’t found the right price, the time to book that Eastern excursion is right now, thanks to Jet Airway’s Global Sale.

The airline is offering a 30 percent discount on flights to India and beyond for travels any time after Monday September 10.

The catch? The sale lasts until the end of the day (Sunday September 9), so head over to jetairways.com or use the airline’s mobile app to book your trip, pronto.

Travellers booking from Dubai can get up to 30 percent off for economy and premiere seats to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and more.

That’s not all, as passengers looking to explore more of South East Asia can book tickets via Mumbai and Delhi to destinations like Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dhaka and Kathmandu.

The deal applies to one-way and return flights, with tickets to Mumbai for economy usually being priced below Dhs900, with Première seats being just over Dhs1,000. Taking a further 30 percent off that, and that’s what we call a bargain.

India's premier international airline’s Global Sale is its biggest deal of the month, and usually lasts six days. However, this one has been extended for an extra two days. Don’t pass up the chance.

That’s not the only airline dishing out nifty deals, as Emirates is offering return flights to Kuwait and Mumbai for under Dhs1,000, along with other special promotions. The offer lasts until Sunday September 15.

Get booking.

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Emirates offering bargain return flights for under Dhs1,000https://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/383293-emirates-offering-bargain-return-flights-for-under-dhs1000Thu, 06 Sep 2018 07:35:39 +0400Fancy a quick weekend getaway to Kuwait? Or maybe a long vacation in Mumbai? Well, you can now get a return flight to these places and more for under Dhs1,000 with Emirates’ special airfares.

The Dubai-based airline is offering a limited-time deal on a selection of short- and long-haul flights for trips any time before June 30, 2019.

Plan your trip fast though, as the deal only lasts until Sunday September 16. Before that, it’s bargain hunting time.

Round-trips to popular destinations places such as Kuwait and Mumbai are going from as little as Dhs755, while fares for flights to Muscat, Bahrain, Mashhad and Dammam in Saudi Arabia are just under Dhs1,000.

That’s not all Emirates has to offer, as returns flights over to Manila, Philippines and Larnaca, Cyprus are also getting the special deal treatment, costing Dhs1,835 and Dhs1,995, respectively.

If you’re thinking of seeing The Big Apple or heading over to the coasts of Australia, flights over to New York are going for Dhs3,535 and to Melbourne for Dhs4,285.

Check out other special rates and nab yourself a seat over at www.emirates.com.

The airline has recently launched a new flight direct to Edinburgh, too, and passengers can get reduced rate tickets to the Scottish destination if they book before Monday September 10.

Etihad Airways is also dishing out some bargain offers if you’re flying from Abu Dhabi, including trips to Bahrain for Dhs813, Kuwait for Dhs973 and Beirut for Dhs1,003, thanks to its “hand bag only” fares.

It’s time to get plan your holiday.

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Escape to Shanghai with three new direct flightshttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/383199-escape-to-shanghai-with-three-new-direct-flightsWed, 05 Sep 2018 05:13:03 +0400Fancy travelling to China but don't want with the additional stress of indirect flights?

Well, worry no more as China Eastern are rolling out three weekly non-stop flights between Shanghai and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Scheduled to begin on Monday, September 17, the non-stop route will be a game changer for anyone fearing a weary layover with a large family in tow.

The new journey will make travelling easier and provide a greater number of flight options between the two destinations, in addition to the already existing flights between Shanghai and Dubai that have a stopover in Kunming.

Currently, only Emirates operate direct flights between Dubai and China’s biggest city.

The announcement comes with the hopes of boosting UAE-China connectivity, and build on the growing number of Chinese tourists – with more than 2.2million visiting in 2017.

However, if a quick trip to see Shanghai’s stunning waterfront skyline doesn’t take your fancy, don’t miss our list of 18 incredible destinations for a short escape here.

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Get cheap flights to Edinburgh with EmiratesEmma Pearsonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/382722-get-cheap-flights-to-edinburgh-with-emiratesTue, 28 Aug 2018 12:32:46 +0400If you love castles, haggis and Loch Ness monsters (maybe) then we have some great news for you.

Emirates has launched a new flight direct to Edinburgh and we are saying “aye” to the special fares on offer from the airline.

In honour of the new flight path – passengers can get reduced rate tickets to the Scottish destination, with prices starting at Dhs2,495.

Flights start on Monday October 1 and passengers in the UAE can book cheap fares on all economy and business class travel up until Monday September 10 for flights between Monday October 1 and Friday May 31 2019.

Economy class tickets start from Dhs2,495 and business class tickets start from Dhs13,165, and the new daily service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration.

You can also book with Emirates Holidays and enjoy a five-star holiday experience for an additional spend starting at Dhs1,173 per person, exclusive of the airfare.

Flight EK023 will depart Dubai daily at 9.55am and arrive in Edinburgh at 2.50pm, while the return flight, EK024 will depart Edinburgh at 8.15pm and arrive in Dubai at 6.40am the next morning.

The flight will hold 304 economy seats, 43 lie flat seats in business class and right private suites in first class if you’re pushing the boat out.
Edinburgh is the airline’s second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its eighth in the UK.

The Scottish capital is the second most visited city in the UK, with special mention going to the city’s Old Town and New Town, which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is also the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO city of Literature.

All this and we haven’t even touched upon the neeps and tatties. We’ll be the ones at Terminal 3 in kilts.
From Dhs2,495 (economy), Dhs13,165 (business class). Offer available until Mon Sep 10 for travel between Mon Oct 1 and Fri May 1, 2019. Dubai International Airport, Garhoud, www.emirates.com.

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Fly from Dubai to Beirut, Mumbai, Los Angeles and Bangkok for less with Emirates’ huge saleEmma Pearsonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/382000-fly-from-dubai-to-beirut-mumbai-los-angles-and-bangkok-for-less-with-emirates’-huge-saleSun, 12 Aug 2018 09:08:06 +0400Fancy a summer getaway? It’s still not too late to jet off  to somewhere far-flung and tropical, and with Emirates' new sale it’s just got a load cheaper.

With flights to more than 70 global destinations there’s bound to be somewhere to tickle your fancy, whether you’re after sprawling out by the pool in Mauritius or flexing on Muscle Beach in LA.

The offer applies to bookings made until Monday August 20 for travel between Saturday September 1 and Sunday March 31, 2019.

Economy class passengers can fly to Beirut form Dhs945, Mumbai from Dhs995, Bangkok from Dhs2,345, Lisbon from Dhs2,945, Mauritius from Dhs2,995, Los Angeles from Dhs4,835 and Santiago from Dhs5,105.

Business Class passengers can fly to Mumbai from Dhs2,795, Beirut from Dhs5,245, Bangkok from Dhs9,795, Mauritius from Dhs9,975, Lisbon from Dhs15,415, Santiago from Dhs20,925, and Los Angeles from Dhs21,275.

You can also book with Emirates Holidays and enjoy a five-star holiday experience for an additional spend starting at Dhs300 per person for economy and Dhs500 per person for business class, exclusive of the airfare.

In other Emirates’ news, family members can now pool up to 100 percent of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights with Emirates Skywards rewarding programme, 'My Family.’ The programme allows travellers to redeem rewards faster than before in more than100 programme partners including airlines, hotels and retail outlets.

We can’t wait to scratch our itchy feet.
For more information go to www.emirates.ae.

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Flights from Dubai from Dhs10 to top holiday destinationsEmma Pearsonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/kids/381920-flights-from-dubai-from-dhs10-to-top-holiday-destinationsThu, 09 Aug 2018 10:02:45 +0400If you’ve been desperate to get away this toasty season but the budget seems a bit tight, it’s time to reconsider your summer itinerary.

As long as you’ve got a tenner in your pocket you can be on your way to some top holiday destinations including Catania and Zanzibar with a huge sale from FlyDubai.

This summer you can buy plane tickets for as little as Dhs10 (plus taxes) on flights for children when you’re buying one adult return ticket.

The offer is applicable for flights from Dubai to Tbilisi, Baku, Batumi, Catania, Qabala, Thessaloniki, Yerevan and Zanzibar.

The travel dates have to be between now and Saturday September 1, but you have to book before Saturday (August 11) to avail this offer.

We can’t think of a better way to spend the final weeks before it’s back to school.

If you’re planning to stay closer to home during the holidays, the summer is rife with hotels in Dubai offering incredible staycation deals, but Palazzo Versace Dubai has an offer no golfer should refuse.

The five-star hotel has partnered up with Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club to launch its ‘Stay, Cruise and Golf’ package, featuring an 18-hole round of golf, reduced prices on rooms and much more.

Don’t delay though – the offer only lasts until Friday August 31.
Book before Sat Aug 11 for trips until Sat Sep 1, www.flydubai.com.

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Cheap Emirates flights from Dubai to Europe and the Middle Easthttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/news/84619-cheap-emirates-flights-from-dubai-to-europe-and-the-middle-eastTue, 17 Jul 2018 08:17:48 +0400With the summer holidays here, you should start preparing for the endless roll of friends’ Instagram selfies abroad – and your own endless eye-rolling if you’re still stuck at home.

And if you can’t beat them, join them: with these sensational flight deals from Emirates.

But be quick, you have until Monday July 23 to book your seat to more than 30 global destinations.

Enjoy a quick escape to Beirut from Dhs1,080, Cairo from Dhs1,415, Casablanca from Dhs2,365, Seychelles from Dhs3,045, Kuala Lumpur from Dhs2,425, Zagreb from Dhs2,675 or Munich from Dhs2,885 in economy.

While business class seats to Beirut start from Dhs5,245, Cairo from Dhs7,599, Casablanca from Dhs11,739, Seychelles from Dhs8,368, Kuala Lumpur from Dhs8,865, Zagreb from Dhs12,619 and Munich from Dhs14,839.

And the attractive prices don’t stop there, as with Emirates Holidays you can snap up a five-star experience from an additional Dhs275 per person.

Think romantic beach retreats, spa holidays and luxury city break packages.

And while you’re at, don’t risk turning up to Dubai International Airport dripping with sweat having lugged your own luggage around, take advantage of the Emirates Home Check-in service.

Couriers will pick up bags from your home, hotel or office across Dubai, transport it to the airport, take it through security and onto your flight.

It is bookable 12 hours before your flight depature time.

It means you, your family and friends will have more time to explore and enjoy the world’s busiest airport without the hassle.

Just be sure to check out our excellent guide on what to do in the hub before boarding (spoiler alert: top-notch food and drink, trampoline parks, pay-as-you-sleep pods, world-class spas and more).
Until Jul 23. www.emirates.ae.

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