Amman is a perfect spot for an Eid break, in that it’s only a few hours from Dubai temperatures are a lot cooler and finally because it’s a charming place to soak up Middle Eastern culture. You can fly with Emirates from Dubai to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman for around Dhs1,300 return, five times a week, and flydubai offers 21 direct flights every week from from around Dhs1,300. You can also fly from Abu Dhabi for Dhs1,500.
Must see spot: As well as plenty of ancient ruins including the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace, there’s also an abundance of modern flavours to keep your interest, like the Darat Al Funun art gallery.
Must eat at restaurant: Hungry? Don’t miss Sufra restaurant for homemade dishes in a traditional setting, or Cantalope for a high-end international menu and rooftop views.
Flight time: Three hours, 30 mins.
From Dhs1,300. Queen Alia International Airport.
Beirut is a favourite among Dubai residents for its short travel time, rich culture and vibrant nightlife scene. The capital city is both a city and a beach destination and weather around Eid-time is an expected 28 degrees, which will come as a welcome relief for scorched Dubai tourists. There’s any number of flights to Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport from Dubai and Abu Dhabi with airlines including MEA, flydubai and Emirates and Etihad from around Dhs1,000 return.
Must see spot: If you’re after some culture, don’t miss the National Museum of Beirut, where you can learn some more about what is one of the oldest cities in the world or head to the Roman Baths for another glimpse into the city’s past. In Downtown, take a trip to Souk el Tayeb, a pop-up farmer’s market that takes place every Saturday.
Must eat at restaurant: If you’re a fan of seafood you must try Babel Bay at the swanky Zaitunay Bay, for more seafood than you can shake a tentacle at.
Flight time: Three hours 45 minutes.
From Dhs1,000. Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport.
It’s called the Maximum City for a reason, but if you’re ready for the crowds then there’s no place more vibrant than Mumbai. Whether you’re rubbing shoulders with a Bollywood star or touring the slums, your guaranteed to see every facet of Indian life – and it’s brilliant. There are loads of flights from the UAE with Air Arabia, Emirates, Eihad, Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet flying out from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from around Dhs1,200 return. Jai ho!
Must see spot: Taste authentic flavours on a street food tour with Reality Tours, or venture to Elephant Island (about an hour’s boat ride away) to explore ancient temple ruins carved into the cliff side. You can unwind at Mumbai institution Leopolds, before moving onto the bustling Calaba Social for the fish tacos.
Must eat at restaurant: On your way back to the airport, stop off at Masala Library, for a 12-course molecular gastronomy feast that will make your head spin (and your stomach expand). It’s phenomenal, and the sister restaurant of the newly opened Dubai eatery within JW Marriott Marquis Dubai from famed chef Jiggs Kalra. Don’t miss it.
Flight time: Three hours five minutes.
From Dhs1,200. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.