Quick getaways this UAE National Day: Oman, Tanzania or Türkiye

The Burj Khalifa will light up and the whole country will celebrate the upcoming 50th UAE National Day with music and fireworks. But you can choose to celebrate this occasion in your own special way by exploring some exotic weekend destinations that are just a short flight away.

Here are a few holiday destinations you can take your pick from:



Oman, a country characterised by its varying terrain, welcomes you with long coastlines and expansive deserts laden with beautiful oases and golden sand dunes. It also boasts a rich heritage and contemporary Islamic architecture.

Things to do:

  • From the Al Mughsail Beach, hop on a boat and paddle out into the Arabian Sea to spot the humpback dolphins that swarm the area.
  • At the Ayn Athum Waterfall, you will find yourself awe-inspired by the beauty of your surroundings. The 15-metre-tall limestone waterfall gushes down the side of a cliff, forming picturesque stalactites along the way.
  • The 19th century Taqah Castle, which was once the private residence of a tribal leader, offers the most delightful sunset views in Oman.


Flying to Oman: You can choose to fly from Dubai to Muscat or Salalah on your upcoming holiday. While the bustling city of Muscat is just a 1-hour flight away, the journey to the colourful coastal town of Salalah takes 2 hours.

Interesting fact: Oman is one of the most unique countries in the Arabian Gulf as it doesn’t have a continuous border. A part of the country lies to the north of UAE, while the rest of it lies to the east and south-east. Oman is a great country to visit since crime is almost non-existent, making it the ideal place for a family holiday.

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Home to the famed African lion, Tanzania is a country perfect for adrenaline junkies and nature lovers alike.

Things to do:

  • Head to the Zanzibar archipelago to soak up the warmth of the sun along the beach as you watch locals show off their acrobatics and capoeira skills.
  • Explore Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which is home to three volcanoes.
  • Visit Stone Town and Prison Island in Dar Es Salaam for your dose of history and culture.


Flying to Tanzania: From Dubai, you can choose to fly to Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar. Irrespective of the destination you choose, the flight will take around 6 hours.

Interesting fact: Tanzania’s beauty lies in its natural parks, the most famous of which is the Serengeti National Park. Apart from being a World Heritage Site, the park is home to over a million mammals and witnesses the famous ‘great migration’ every year.

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Kilimanjaro National Park



Home to the ancient Ottoman Empire, Türkiye, with its balloon-filled skies, is a country that will entice you with its diverse landscapes, beautiful museums, timeless cultural appeal and mouthwatering local cuisine.

Things to do:

  • Explore the gargantuan Istanbul Aquarium, and lose yourself to an immersive journey that spans 16 themes and introduces you to almost 15,000 different creatures!
  • Learn the art of preparing authentic baklava at a pastry-making workshop in Istanbul so you can always recreate the magic of this Persian town back home in your kitchen. Or, you can mingle with social butterflies at the city's gorgeous art galleries like Pera Museum and Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.
  • Head to the 15th century Grand Bazaar which sits in the heart of the city. Meander down the maze of narrow lanes, bargain prices for everything - from aromatic spices to gorgeous souvenirs abd enjoy a warm cup of tea that will refresh your mind and soul.


Flying to Türkiye: The flight from Dubai to Istanbul takes nearly 5 hours.

Interesting fact: Türkiye's cultural monuments, some of which date back to the Mesolithic period, have helped it become the sixth most-visited tourist destination in the world. The country has 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it a marvellous holiday spot for history lovers.

So if you’re ready to give in to a relaxing time with a fair amount of history, culture and adventure blended in, book a flight with flydubai and start exploring.

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