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Quick getaways this UAE National Day: Oman, Finland, Tanzania or Turkey

The Burj Khalifa will light up and the whole country will celebrate the upcoming 48th 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

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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.

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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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Finland

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The northern European country of Finland will welcome you with blankets of snow, mesmerising neoclassical cathedrals, delightfully warm thermal springs and saunas, and last but not the least, expansive natural parks.

Things to do:

  • Rejuvenate in the company of your loved ones and some splendidly pristine surroundings over a traditional Finnish sauna.
  • Take a walking tour around Suomenlinna, a serene sea fortress minutes away from the hustle of the city.
  • Helsinki is home to a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, but none are as inviting as Olo and Demo. You can dine on modern Nordic dishes like smoked reindeer heart and Finnish duck liver with cherry and beetroot in Olo, or head to Demo, a gorgeous, unassuming restaurant that offers you a chance to enjoy a 4- to 7-course meal curated for you and based on your preferences.

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Flying to Finland: Currently, flydubai is the only national airline operating direct flights from Dubai to Helsinki Airport. The journey takes nearly 7 hours, but it is definitely worth it!

Interesting fact: Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, is the coldest capital in the world and is known for its abundant natural beauty. The country houses over 180,000 lakes and has more saunas than cars. In fact, they even have a sauna in a Burger King in Helsinki! If you're looking for a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature and relax with your loved ones, Finland is where you need to be.

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Tanzania

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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.

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Flying to Tanzania: From Dubai, you can choose to fly to Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro 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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Turkey

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Home to the ancient Ottoman Empire, Turkey, 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.

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

Interesting fact: Turkey’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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Flights to Istanbul

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