From Thailand to Jordan: Six affordable Eid Al Fitr holiday packages
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.
Eid Al Fitr is likely to fall around Friday June 15, but it still hasn’t been announced what the private or public sector holiday days will be.
From European escapes to island breaks, here are six packages that all come in at under Dh4,000 per person, flights and hotels included (and sometimes there are 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.
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.
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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.