This lull in travel after the holiday season might be the best time to book your next trip. We, at Guides, have learnt from loads of experience that booking early does actually end up saving you time, money and stress, even if your trip is a few months' away.
UAE residents usually fall short of budget travel choices. We have you covered with five amazing countries you can travel to at a round-trip flight cost of less than Dh1,500 per person, along with a few other non-peak options.
This means for a couple, that would bring the flight rates to lower than Dh3,000 and a four-member family can fly for less than Dh6,000 combined - not taking into account group booking discounts or deals.
Make sure that all your visa and stay arrangements are settled at least 5 days before your travel date.
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Georgia is quickly becoming a regular tourist destination for UAE residents due to the many tour packages that are available now. Georgia was part of the Soviet Union, and the architectural style and ruins are a big part of the country’s tourist attraction. Being quite close by, a trip to Georgia is a great choice for a short getaway.
Round trip flight cost From Dh950 to Dh1,350 per person Package deals (Flight and stay) Starts from Dh1,100 per person for three nights Visa UAE residence visa holders and citizens exempt from visa requirement for 90 days in a 180 day period Check here for more details
Another former Soviet Union member, Azerbaijan is a country with a wide variety of landscapes and climate zones. In winter, skiing is a popular tourist activity. It is flanked by Georgia on the north-west, so you can combine these two countries in your travel plans.
Round trip flight cost From Dh925 to Dh1,350 per person Package deals (Flight and stay) Starts at Dh1,300 per person for three nights Visa UAE nationals can get visa on arrival for Dh184 after online application; UAE residence visa holders will need to apply for an e-visa through the Azerbaijan consulate in the UAE.
Moscow in Russia is the largest city on the European continent and is a major cultural, political and scientific hub for Russia and other Eastern European countries. With its world-renowned architecture and colourful history, this is an amazing choice for a budget trip from the UAE.
Round trip flight cost From Dh1,200 to Dh1,500 Tourist package (not including flights) Starts at Dh1,170 per person for three nights Visa Apply for a tourist visa which might take up to 15 days (Best to process through approved tour operators) Check here for more details
In at least 9 months out of the year, flights to cities such as Kochi (Kerala), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Delhi, Mumbai (Maharashtra), Kolkata (West Bengal), Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu) fall below Dh1,500. Choose your destination based on your travel itinerary and check rates of budget airlines such as Spicejet, indigo and Air India Express for best rates.
Round trip flight cost From Dh700 to Dh1,500 Tourist package (not including flights) Starts at Dh900 Visa UAE residence visa holders can apply online for a tourist visa (30 days) at least 4 days before departure date (Cost depends on nationality) Check here for more details
5. Sri Lanka
Colombo is an amazing destination to explore as it is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Marked deeply by the combination of age-old traditions and its colonial history, the city is abundant with attractions worth seeing.
Round trip flight cost From Dh1,100 to Dh1,500 Package deals (Flight and stay) Starts at Dh3,300 per person for 5 nights Visa UAE residence visa holders can apply online for a tourist visa (30 days) which is extendable upon additional payment Check here for more details
The following tourist destinations also have rates that fall below Dh1,500 at the non-peak seasons which is mid-Jan to mid-March and from mid-August to mid-October: Nepal, Greece, Paris (France), Bangkok (Thailand), Rome (Italy), Singapore, Barcelona (Spain) and others.