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Katching the best Eid Al Adha getaway: Embark on a journey of cultural exploration across the world

by Ashraf Ibrahim | 10th June 2024 | Food and Beverage,Hospitality,Public Relations
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With Dubai’s centric location and global community, the world is closer than you think, unfolding as a tapestry of cultural richness and diverse experiences awaiting to be discovered this Eid Al Adha

Eid Al Adha, one of the most anticipated and exciting celebrations in Dubai’s calendar, is inching ever closer. As a resident of Dubai, your options for a summer escape are abundant, especially as this Eid could stretch up to a week-long holiday. With its unique location centring 3 continents, Dubai is not only a destination, but a launchpad for exploring the diverse regions around you, with many stunning destinations that can be reached with just a few hours flight.

If wandering the world isn’t on the cards, Dubai also boasts a host of experiences that will allow you to traverse the globe without leaving the city. From authentic cuisines to dreamy retreats, the city is bustling with restaurants and resorts, giving you amazing opportunities to discover various cultures right on your doorstep. At Katch International, embracing Dubai’s cross-cultural nature is at the heart of what we do, and today we share our expertise on the creative ways to make this Eid vacation a truly unforgettable experience.

Intriguing Destinations within a 4-hour Flight

If you hold an Emirates ID, you are instantly granted access to a plethora of countries offering easy visas for UAE residents. Even if a visa isn’t readily available, many of the destinations on our list have a straightforward process for obtaining one on short notice for most nationalities. From Dubai’s International Airport, you can hop on a short flight to an array of stunning destinations across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Emirates aircraft

First up on our voyage across the world is Lebanon, perfect for anyone seeking to explore the epitome of Mediterranean hospitality and cuisine. Known for its lush cedar trees, Lebanon offers an ideal escape thanks to its moderate weather, wallet-friendly prices, and delicious food. Despite recent events, the county, especially Beirut, consistently proves itself to be an irresistible getaway in all seasons.

Travellers searching for a nearby family-friendly vacation spot should look no further than Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s most vibrant destination, known for its authentic cuisine, historic sites, and serene beaches. On the other side of the Red Sea lies Egypt, another choice destination for anyone looking to explore one of the world’s oldest civilisations and most majestic pyramids.

Pyramids of Giza

As the June days warm up, it might be wise to fly northwards in search of a cooler environment. Georgia, a stunning, culturally rich nation, located near the Caucasus Mountains, is perfect not just for its hilly landscape and moderate weather, but for its fascinating culture as well. The country is one of the oldest Christian nations, and its people are arguably the oldest grape producers, while its mouthwatering dishes are nothing short of delightful. Turkey is another exciting option, beckoning people with the ancient wonders of Istanbul, the pristine beaches of Antalya, and exceptional culinary experiences.

Georgian landscape

Many Central and South Asian countries are also only a few-hour flight away, giving you a chance to discover the outskirts of the Orient. This Eid Al Adha, why not consider visiting somewhere new such as the captivating country of Kyrgyzstan, known for its stunning snow-capped mountains, awe-inspiring Ala-Archa Canyon that is perfect for hiking, and its incredibly low prices. Going to the south of the Tibetan Plateau we arrive at Nepal, a country that captures the eyes not just because of its intriguingly shaped flag but also for its diverse nature and rich history. This Himalayan gem is a perfect hub for exploration, allowing travellers to uncover the secrets of the steamy jungles, icy peaks, and a host of breathtaking temples.

Explore all the World Has to Offer without Leaving Dubai

With over 200 nationalities spreading across the city, it’s no surprise that Dubai today is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and experiences from around the globe. With the upcoming holiday of Eid Al Adha, you can discover a diverse array of cultures and customs without leaving the city, allowing you to capture the essence of distant lands and cherished traditions.

Begin your journey with a trip to Japan, which is usually a 10-hour flight away but its essence can be reached by just a few-minute drive for those seeking to savour its rich cuisine. You can delight in an elevated selection of Japanese dishes at Toshi, a Pan-Asian restaurant located in Grand Millennium Dubai, while Tocha, an elegant lounge at Banyan Tree Dubai, embraces Japan’s traditional tea rituals, offering a serene escape into the world of tea ceremonies and tranquillity.

Afternoon tea at Tocha

Embarking on a family-friendly adventure while enjoying Thai hospitality might be the perfect way to make use of your free time. To immerse yourself in the serenity and history of Thailand, Banyan Tree Dubai and Centara Mirage Beach Resort Dubai offer relaxing seafront escapes complemented by spa treatments utilising traditional Thai techniques. Follow this by making the transition from the idyllic life of Thailand to the eclectic cuisine and diverse culture of India by heading to Republic Adda, an Indian fusion restaurant and bar located at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai - Business Bay.

Located at the intersection of Asia and Europe, Georgia is a captivating country steeped in rich history. For a taste of 19th- and 20th-century Georgia and to indulge in some delicious Khinkali, Qartuli Restaurant is the ultimate choice. If a unique blend of Asian and European cultures is more your speed, there’s Turkey, known for its welcoming hospitality and exquisite gastronomy, which can be experienced first-hand at destinations like Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites and Asil at Rixos Premium Dubai.

The incredible global destinations in Dubai should not make you overlook its own rich history and culture, which can also be explored at Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, offering a glimpse into Emirati hospitality and cuisine. Finally, in the bustling heart of Dubai lies Palace Downtown, where you can experience the epitome of Arabic elegance with multiple dining venues and astonishing architecture inspired by traditional Arabian homes.

Ewaan main entrance

From the lively streets of Beirut to the dreamy shores of Thailand, embarking on an Eid Al Adha adventure unveils a global tapestry of flavours and cultures. The bustling city of Dubai is all about global explorations, and this Eid Al Adha presents the perfect opportunity to explore a new destination, whether across the world or within the city itself.

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