We LOVE long weekends, and the UAE government has confirmed that Thursday May 5 will be an official paid holiday for all people working in the UAE. So what does that mean? A cheeky weekend trip to Sri Lanka, Salalah, Istanbul or Paris sounds like a good idea.
The stunning town nestled between the striking Dhofar mountain range and the clear turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea is the perfect long weekend getaway from the UAE as it less than a two-hour direct flight from Dubai! Staying at the beautiful 5-star Salalah Rotana Resort, spend two nights in total indulgence, lazing on the white sand beaches, relaxing with a massage or facial at the hotel spa and admiring the Omani-inspired architecture. Salalah is great for families, and even better for couples with the resort offering experiential packages to off the beaten track destinations within the Dhofar province.
The hypnotising city of Istanbul is where East meets West - spend a long weekend exploring the jewel of the Ottoman Empire, wandering the streets of one of the oldest cities in the world, munching on delicious Turkish street food, and soaking up the awe-inspiring sites like Topkapi Palace, the oldest palace in the world, Hagia Sophia, which is said to have been built in the 6th century, and the Blue Mosque made with over 20,000 Iznik tiles. Of course, a weekend trip to Istanbul is not complete without a trip to the Grand Bazaar, boasting over 4,000 shops, it's an eclectic marketplace to pick up souvenirs.
Whether you are a culture vulture, nature lover or searching for an epic swell, Sri Lanka has it all. The tiny island nestled in the Bay of Bengal is where two worlds collide, boasting some of the most stunning beaches in the world, it is unbelievable that just a four hour drive from the capital you will find yourself amongst lush tea plantations and stunning nature reserves.
The city of lights comes alive in Spring as the temperatures begin to warm up in preparation for Summer and the cities parks burst into bloom. It's the perfect time to discover Paris on foot, wandering from the Eiffel Tower along the River Seine discovering hidden boulangerie's and falling in love with its romantic charm.
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