Keen to get away for the long Eid weekend? Well, while the cost of travel does go up over public holiday periods, there are still affordable deals to be found.
For the public sector the Eid Al Fitr holiday has been scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 14, and last until Shawwal 3, which will either coincide with Sunday, June 17, or Monday, June 18.
From flights to European destinations to comprehensive island break packages, here are nine Eid options that all come in at under Dh4,000 per person, some with flights and hotels included, some flights only (and in some cases extra tours thrown in, too). Head here for a list of staycations and luxury Eid holidays.
Note: While the prices quoted are what we discovered when searching Eid dates for travel at the time of publishing, prices are subject to change depending on demand.
Wego.co.ae is offering round-trip flights from Dubai to the Greek capital from just Dh1,856 per person this Eid weekend. Take the opportunity to soak up the pristine beaches, summer sun and rich history of ancient Greece. Tour the Acropolis museum and Parthenon. To book go to www.wego.co.ae
It's a great time of year to visit Baku, whether you're keen on visiting the royal complex that is the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, or the landmark Maiden Tower. With Wego, you can fly to the land that offers a feast fit for a king, for just Dh1,742 per person from Dubai return. For more go to www.wego.co.ae
Whether you're a solo traveller or want to give the family an experience they won't forget, Wego is offering round trip flights to Nepal's largest city for just Dh1,106 per person. Disconnect from the stresses of daily life and get there in no time at all - flights from Dubai are just over four hours. For more go to www.wego.co.ae
HolidayMe.com are offering a two-night package to Yerevan, Armenia, including flights from Sharjah, for Dh3,302 for two people (it costs around Dh2,460 if you take the same holiday post-Eid). You will stay in a three star hotel, and get a city tour and airport transfers. See HolidayME for booking and more affordable deals.
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Emirates Holidays offers a variety of packages - during our search we discovered a deal that means flights and three nights in Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa, Cairo for Dh2,832 per person. The hotel is less than one kilometre from the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids so you will have plenty to do. See Emirates Holidays for booking and more affordable and last-minute deals.
The beautiful archipelago of Zanzibar is home to beaches with impossibly turquoise waters, as well as the historic Stone Town, which is peppered with Omani influence. Pictured is the rooftop Tea House Restaurant. The good news is that flydubai runs affordable flights to the tropical island, and their holidays there, including flights and hotels, start from Dh3,136 per person (these were the quoted prices at the time of searching). The best bit is that the hotels on offer as part of their packages are all seriously luxe four- and five-star options - the cheapest quoted was Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa in Pingwe. See FlyDubai for booking and more affordable deals.
Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman, Jordan
Tajawal is offering a three night/four day holiday to Jordan for Dh3,380 per person including flights. The holiday will take you to Petra - truly one of the world's most extraordinary historical sites - as well as to the sand dunes of Wadi Rum, where The Martian was filmed. You will stay in Petra for one night, camp at Sun City Camp in Wadi Rum another night, and then stay in Amman the final night. See Tajawal for booking and more affordable deals.
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Tajawal is also offering a three day, two night holiday to Tbilisi in Georgia - pictured is the city's gorgeous Old Town. The deal costs from Dh2,235 per person for the stay, with breakfast, plus flights. See Tajawal for booking and more affordable deals.
Pattaya and Bangkok, Thailand
Musafir has a three-day holiday deal for Thailand that includes two nights stay in Pattaya, a one night stay in Bangkok (pictured) and three different tours (including a Bangkok temple trip and a Coral Island tour). The holiday costs from Dh2,849 per person (although this may change depending on travel dates), with flights via Muscat. See Musafir for booking and more affordable deals.