Flight prices going through the roof? Stay in town and explore the UAE instead
The long Eid weekend is almost here. Haven’t made any plans to jet off on an international holiday? Wondering where to go in the UAE during Eid? There’s still enough time and plenty of options to book a wallet-friendly staycation, lap up some sun, sand and surf with an Eid holiday getaway in the UAE. Whether you are looking for family fun, action, or romance, we’ve got you covered across the emirates.
If you love the mountains and the sea, a staycation at the Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort is a no-brainer. Sprawled against the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, this boutique hotel is Fujairah’s only art-inspired resort. You’ll love the unspoiled coastline views and dining at the seafood restaurant The Copper Lobster.
What’s special: In the lap of mountains and the sea
How much: From AED600 per night for the Eid weekend
The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is a perfect holiday option for a city retreat, just under an hour out of Dubai. Think pristine white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and lush mangroves. This resort offers all that and more. The sunset and sea views are also to die for in this well-appointed property. A perfect recipe for a totally rested staycation.
What’s special: Turquoise lagoons and lush mangroves
How much: From AED1,900 per night for the Eid weekend
The Bab Al Qasr Hotel is perfect for lovers of ornate Arabesque décor as it exudes a sense of the Middle East in its architecture and Islamic motifs. As for location, it’s bang opposite Abu Dhabi’s top tourist draw, the Emirates Palace, and walking distance from the Corniche. This family-friendly property houses a great Peruvian restaurant, Limo.
Where: Abu Dhabi
What’s special: Arabesque vibes
How much: From AED650 per night for the Eid weekend
If you’re willing to do the long drive to Liwa, the Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara is the perfect place to let down your hair and unwind. Surrounded by vast expanses of sand dunes, this sprawling property gives you solitude like never before. After months of being surrounded by shiny towers amid your bustling city life, this resort lets you reconnect with the UAE’s roots.
Where: Liwa, Abu Dhabi
What’s special: Desert oasis
How much: From AED1,100 per night for the Eid weekend
Imagine waking up to views of the stunning Jebel Hafeet mountain straight from your room? At Danat Al Ain Resort, you’re bound to feel one with nature. While in the Garden City, you can also visit the Al Ain Zoo, the lofty Jebel Hafeet, the hot spring at Green Mubazzarah Park at the foothill of the mountains, explore the Al Qattara Souk or have fun at Hili Fun City.
Where: Al Ain
What’s special: Views of Jebel Hafeet
How much: From AED550 per night for the Eid weekend
Want to try something different in Sharjah? Stay at Kingfisher Lodge, the tented resort in Kalba. The property boasts 25 luxurious tents, each with its own private pool and overlooking the Indian Ocean. Set within the natural mangroves, there’s plenty to do around the area. You can kayak or paddleboard through the water or take to the mountains for a hike.
What’s special: Stay in a luxury tent
How much: From AED3,800 per night for the Eid weekend
In the mood for a Maldivian getaway but don’t have the budget for it? Try out the Zaya Nurai Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi instead. Just a boat ride away, it feels like a world away from the UAE capital. This spectacular property offers both luxury rooms and villas, so privacy is guaranteed as you take in the views of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.
Where: Abu Dhabi
What’s special: Island getaway
How much: From AED4,250 per night for the Eid weekend
The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert is perfect for those looking for complete rest and relaxation. Besides spotting the odd Arabian oryx, you’re sure to be wowed by the venue’s architecture. The luxurious resort features private villas, each with its own pool. Guests can try their hand at falconry or archery, join a ﬁshing expedition or take a complimentary guided bike ride. There’s stable tours, stargazing, horse riding and outdoor yoga available.
Where: Ras Al Khaimah
What’s special: Deluxe villas
How much: From AED2,250 per night for the Eid weekend
Ever dreamt of staying on a historic ocean liner? Now’s the chance. Head to Dubai’s first floating hotel, the revamped Queen Elizabeth 2, moored at Port Rashid. Imagine the bragging rights of living in the same room as Prince Charles! The QE2 is nearly 50 years old, though thanks to refurbishment, looks fresh and new. The beautiful ship makes for some stunning pictures.
What’s special: Stay on historic ocean liner
How much: From AED250 per night for the Eid weekend
The Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is one of Dubai’s best spots for a luxury staycation. Located just under an hour from Downtown Dubai, this resort is all about Arabian luxury. The spa is a great place to unwind. There’s plenty to do in the area from nature walks to camel rides. At dinner, you’ll be entertained by tanoura dancers and horse displays.
What’s special: Arabian luxury
How much: From AED1,250 per night for the Eid weekend