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5 holiday destinations under 5 hours away from the UAE

Tuesday, 29 November 2016
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Want a quick break to unwind and recharge your batteries? No worries, because one-third of the worldÔÇÖs population is within a five-hour flight distance from the UAE. Before you board your plane, donÔÇÖt forget to top up your gocash prepaid travel card so you can efficiently organise your travel money. Here are just some of the wonderful holiday destinations within 5 hours from UAE:

5 holiday destinations under 5 hours away from the UAE

Istanbul ÔÇô Where Asia meets Europe

Turkey is a popular destination for GCC residents because of its short flight time. The country, on the cusp of both Asia and Europe, offers a mix of historical influences. Head to Istanbul for a cruise across the Bosphorus Strait. You could go on a walking tour around the city to take in some of its historical ambience. Make sure to stop by the famous Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and donÔÇÖt forget to walk the lanes of the Grand Bazaar to immerse yourself in a labyrinth of colourful markets.
Travel time: 4+ hours from the UAE

Seychelles ÔÇô Island magic

Powdery white beaches, breezy tropical weather, clear blue waters ÔÇô the Seychelles is a quintessential relaxation destination. Cinnamon and coconut-drenched Creole curries offer a gastronomic gateway into the islandÔÇÖs colonial past. A pit stop at the food market in Victoria, Mahe, is highly recommended to sample fresh sea catch, sublime vanilla pods and aromatic tropical fruits.
Travel time: 4+ hours from the UAE

Georgia ÔÇô Tbilisi and beyond

Georgia is beautiful, and not very far from the UAE. Head to Tbilisi if itÔÇÖs your first time there, and soak in the varied history and architecture which borrow from medieval, classical and Soviet influences. Take a tour through Old Town and sample some delicious local specialities. If you have the time to make a day-trip, the ancient Davit Gareja monastery complex and Kazbegi National Park are both around 4 hours away from Tbilisi.
Travel time: 3.5 hours from the UAE

Cyprus ÔÇô Beaches and Culture

Secluded bays, pristine blue waters and long stretches of beach make Cyprus the perfect beach holiday. On top of that, the countryÔÇÖs unique blend of Greek and Turkish culture means you can sample a combination of both during your stay. Visit the monasteries and churches during the day and then stay up for CyprusÔÇÖs famous nightlife.
Travel time: 4+ hours from the UAE.

India ÔÇô A melting pot of experiences

Unwind at a hill-station resort at Shimla, relax on a houseboat over the Kerala backwaters or party away on the beaches of Goa. Alternatively, head to the capital city of New Delhi to tour a culturally rich collection of old temples and the Lodi Gardens public park. Or head to Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world or visit the red sandstone Qutub Minar, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. India offers myriad experiences and attractions for everyone. The country is also home to some of the best gastronomic experiences in the world, ranging from street food to fine dining.
Travel time: 3.5 hours

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:21