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.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Another favourite for the capital’s residents, Sri Lanka is just a few short hours away, yet when you touch down you’ll step out into another world. SriLankan Airways offers 11 flights a week from Dubai and Emirates also offer a handful. Your cheapest option is probably flydubai with returns starting at around Dhs1,200.
Must see spot: If you have any sense you won’t spend too much time in the capital, and instead venture out to lush mountainous regions such as Kandy, or idyllic beach-side towns like Mirissa.
Must eat at restaurant: Before you vacate the city, make time for a meal at Bu Ba, or Ministry of Crab if you’re a crustacean fan.
Flight time: Four hours.
From Dhs1,200. Bandaranayake Airport.