Team shortlist29 Oct 2017 AT 03:57 PM

Looks like there's going to be a long weekend in the UAE next month

*packs bags*
Team shortlist29 Oct 2017 AT 03:57 PM
Looks like there's going to be a long weekend in the UAE next month
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For all those in desperate need of a holiday, we’ve got some good news. It looks like we’re going to get a long weekend at the end of November!

According to the Official Portal of the UAE Government, Thursday, November 30, is expected to be a public holiday in commemoration of Martyrs’ Day.

It also believed that Thursday, November 30*, will mark Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday as it is scheduled to fall on the 12th day of Rabi al-Awwal.

And, as the UAE National Day falls on Saturday, December 2, many believe that Sunday, December 3 will be named a public holiday as the annual celebrations traditionally take place over two days. We'll obviously keep you posted on the last one but should it happen, we'll have four days off. If not, a three day weekend is better than the standard two.

Thursday, November 30 – Martyrs’ Day
Thursday, November 30* – Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (PBUH)
Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day
*Date subject to change based on moon sighting. 

There you have it, better mark your calendars and make a few plans.

If you’re stuck for ideas, we’ve shortlisted three spots that aren’t too far from home…

Colombo, Sri Lanka
It’s a popular choice for UAE travellers for a good reason – the tiny island in the Indian Ocean is simply beautiful. The vast greenery of the rugged rainforest means that it’s packed with wildlife and it has the highest density of leopards in the world. You’ll find elephants, wild buffaloes and sloth bears amongst the 91 species that call Sri Lanka home. It’s also got plenty of surf, beautiful historical sites and pristine beaches to enjoy.
Direct flight time: 4hrs 30m
Price: From AED1,070 with Gulf Air*

Baku, Azerbaijan
Although thousands of years old, Baku city centre has been busy rebranding itself as a mini version of Dubai in recent years, with five-star hotels popping up, designer stores, modern shopping malls and a skyline of futuristic architecture. Take a walking tour through the old town’s maze of narrow crumbling lanes via the Maiden Tower (Giz Galasi) built in the 12th century and Baku’s Mini Book Museum, which houses a private collection of 3,600 miniature tomes in languages from Russian to Vietnamese – you can feel big and clever all at the same time. The Nizami Museum of Literature offers a walk-through history via the works of local poets and scribes.
Direct flight time: 3hrs
Price: From AED1,565 with Azal and flydubai*

Larnaca, Cyprus
Great weather, gorgeous clifftops and plenty of beaches to explore. Cyprus is a tourism hotspot for good reason. We recommend taking both a bathing suit and something warm as the weather starts to get a bit chilly come December. 
Direct flight time: 3hrs 55m
Price: AED1,255 direct with Emirates*

*Prices are subject to change. 

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