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Destinations you can visit with USD 500 or less

Thursday, 22 December 2016
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Taking a break doesnÔÇÖt mean breaking the bank. WeÔÇÖve put together a list (in alphabetical order) of destinations near the UAE that you can visit with USD 500 or less in your pocket. For a hassle-free travel experience, carry your gocash prepaid travel card with sufficient cash and let loose your sense of adventure.

Amman, Jordan
Hop on a flight to the Jordanian city, and visit its two-thousand-year-old Roman Theatre, as well as many other antiquities. The newly opened Jordan Museum is a must-see. Culture vultures will enjoy the Amman art scene, with a visit to the Darat al Funun art museum.

Beirut, Lebanon
The Lebanese capital is a trendy, vibrant cultural hub, with a fantastic urban party scene. Stroll the Corniche to people-watch, eat some street food for a few pence, and visit one of the many free art galleries showcasing contemporary creativity. FlyDubai will get you there from the UAE, and there are many budget hotels.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Keep an eye out for bargain airline tickets and you can bag a flight to Colombo for under USD 250. Once there, itÔÇÖs easy to keep costs down. Take a rickshaw tour of Colombo and check out the Hindu and Buddhist temples. Then jump on a local bus to Galle, where you can stay in a beach cabana, eat delicious local food and soak up the sun for as little as USD 20 per day. Make sure to save some of your money to buy (and bring home) some Sri Lankan tea.

Destinations you can visit with USD 500 or less

Doha, Qatar
There are many flights to Doha every day from the UAE, some at rock bottom prices. Once there, check out the (free) Museum of Islamic Art, stroll along the Corniche, or pick up a bargain (and some delicious street food) at the Souk Waqif.

Manama, Bahrain
Manama may not be as glitzy as other Gulf capitals, but thereÔÇÖs still plenty to see and do for the budget-conscious traveller. Marvel at the Great Mosque (and get a free tour), learn more about the country at the Bahrain National Museum (entry USD 2). Visit the Al Areen Wildlife Park (USD 3) where you can see 500 species of animals such as oryx and camels.

Muscat, Oman
The Omani capital is a popular destination for a mini-break, with its beautiful location between the mountains and the sea. Check out the spices and textiles of the Mutrah market, watch the world go by at an outdoor caf├®, or marvel at the beauty of the Qaboos mosque. You can drive there from the UAE, or hop on a cheap Fly Dubai flight.

Mussandam, Oman
This area of Oman is stunningly beautiful, with scenic coastline on the eastern peninsula. The Khor Al Najd fijord is a must-see, giving this area its nickname of ÔÇ£Norway of the Middle EastÔÇØ. You can fish and spot dolphins, or visit the 16th century Khasab castle. You can just drive here from the UAE.

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