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9 Great Holiday Getaways for Eid Al Adha

Avoid the malls during Eid and get yourself to these nine holiday hot spots in the UAE and Oman - One activity for each day off. So what are you waiting for?

October 22, 2011 8:29 by

  • What is it about being chained to a desk for the best part of the day  that makes a person whole-heartedly look forward to public holidays? Kipp knew of one employee who had the entire year's potential public holidays marked out before the next year even began… although, for most of us the holidays do tend to creep up without us noticing. Take for instance the upcoming Eid break; Kipp did have an inkling it was around the corner, but we were rather shocked to find out it was actually just around the corner! What do you do, when you’ve just realised you have a potential 4/5-day weekend on your hands? Have a look through this slide show if this is the dilemma currently on your mind.

  • Abu Dhabi is an excellent option, if you don't fancy travelling too much. The one and half hour road trip is enough to make you feel like you are getting away, but isn't too long for the fainthearted. If you are inclined towards amusement parks or just have a brood that has been pestering you for the same, then Ferrari World is a pretty obvious option. Ferrari World is a Ferrari-themed amusement park. Tickets are a little steep: priced at AED 225 for adults and AED 165 for children, but it is home to Formula Rossa the world's fastest roller coaster. It also houses attractions such as Fiorano GT Challenge, G-Force, Junior GT, Racing Legends and V12 to name a few.

  • The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is worth a visit to the capital alone if you are asking Kipp, but  it can easily be clubbed into your Eid weekend. For a taster, have a look at this video. Anyway, could there be a more apt time to visit the grand Mosque than Eid?

  • If a hour and half long tour paddling through lagoons, narrow channels under the full canopy of the Abu Dhabi mangroves, sounds like a good idea to you then you will be pleased to know it will set you back only Dh150 per person. Check it out here.  One of Kipp's team recently spent the last break at the mangroves and absolutely loved it. If you don't trust us, read Time Out's review of their experience.

  • At the Flamingo Beach Resort in Umm Al Quwain you can go crab hunting near mangrove islands of Umm Al Quwain. Of course, after you have caught the crabs the folks up at the resort will have it cooked and serve it to you for your dinner.

  • Ras al Khaimah's new water park, Iceland, promises an excellent road trip and a good chance to savour RAK's more affordable hotels. Don't let the fact that the amusement park says it is "inspired by the phenomenon of global warming" discourage you from the Rocky Polar Mountains, Penguin Bay and Coral Isle—a snorkeling pool at the park. Ticket prices for people above 1.2 mtrs is Dh 150, below 1.2 mtrs is Dh100. If, however, you would rather stay in Dubai why not head down to Wild Wadi? General admission is priced at Dh205 and children’s admission is Dh165

  • If you haven't yet ridden a camel in the desert during an overnight safari after living in the UAE yet, let these holidays be the time you right that wrong. Go on, get your hands henna-ed, watch a belly dancer gyrate to the rhythm of a drum, sit on a tame camel and watch the sun rise over seemingly never-ending dunes.

  • Or, if it is really is a break you are after, book a flight or pack up the 4x4 for a 14-hour drive down to Salalah, Oman. Did you know the area is currently enjoying its monsoon season, specifically in Khareef? This means this sleepy town is transformed into a lush green oasis, quite unbelievable in the dessert.

  • Or you could just kick it old school style and pack of your family to one of Dubai's very green parks for an excellent picnic. We like Zabeel Park, because it boasts of a semi-decent arcade area that is bound to keep the kids entertained.

  • Try the Dubai Yacht Club, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and the Dubai Marina Walk if you would like to spend some time at sea or enjoy a variety of water sports.


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1 Comment

  1. Want10 on September 1, 2011 4:37 am

    Either you said 10 hotspots and you can’t count or you’re really skimpy!


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