It’s the city of bicycles, canals, gabled buildings, vintage shops, hops and dining – and while it’s not a new destination to grace the flight path from Dubai, five additional flights per week from Emirates have just made it all the more accessible. The additional services added to the existing double daily services, totalling the weekly flight number to 19. Outbound, flights leave early morning from Dubai on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in time for breakfast, allowing you to make the most of your day in the city – and there’s plent of you to see and do. Hit Amsterdam’s history-packed museums, vintage-filled shops and appreciate the city’s hyper-creative design.
From Dhs4,104 (return). Available now. Dubai International Airport, Garhoud, www.emirates.ae.
It’s the home of Gaudi, golden beaches, Barcelona FC and patatas bravas. The seaside city has boundless culture, breathtaking architecture and a roaring nightlife scene.
Barcelona’s architectural treasures span 2000-plus years. Towering temple columns, ancient city walls and subterranean stone corridors provide a window into Roman-era Barcino or head to the Middle Ages with a stroll though the Gothic Quarter.
For tourists, Barcelona is an absolute dream, with restaurants at every turn, as well as a fantastic clubbing scene.
You’ve been able to fly to Barcelona from Dubai for a while, but now you can jet off from Abu Dhabi as well, and it’s soon to get even better. Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, from Tuesday February 22, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route. There’s never been a better time to get your European culture fix.
From Dhs2.695 (one way). Available now. Abu Dhabi International Airport, www.etihad.com.
How would you fancy a long weekend in a seaside city surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful scenic islands? It sounds thousands of miles away from Dubai – and it is – but with flydubai’s new service it’s easy to do and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
The low-cost airline launch directed flights from Dubai to Helsinki last October, with a year-round service between Dubai International Airport and Helsink-Vantaa Airport with a flight that takes six-and-a-half hours each way.
Helsinki is a city packed with wondrous architecture. The Finnish capital winds around Baltic bays and islands – and even has its own sea fortress. The bustling market town is awash with modern culture and design and the food scene is bursting with northern European flavours.
From Dhs1,500 (return economy class). Available now. Dubai International Airport, Garhoud,. www.flydubai.com.
Three European holiday destinations from Dubai
Jet off on a European city break direct from Dubai International Airport
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