What should I do with the Eid holidays in Dubai?


A wadi in Oman Eid Inspiration

The joyous occasion of Eid-al-Adha is just around the corner and many Middle East countries will be marking the occasion with a whole week of holidays. The UAE has declared the 9th to 13th August 2019 as public sector holidays – so if you’ve not travelled abroad this summer, get set for a wonderful upcoming family break!

Questions is, should you stay or should you go?  This post is specifically for our readers in Dubai and the UAE but packed full of inspirational reads and information that all holidaymakers in the region can use (some links will open on our partner blogging site Our Globetrotters).

Staying in the UAE for Eid

The weather in August is, of course HOT HOT HOT – so let’s take a look at what there is to do INDOORS around the UAE and where you can keep your cool with the kids;

Dubai parks and Resorts Legoland Water park

Try and beat the heat by heading to local attractions such as Legoland Water Park Dubai with some great resident discounts

Time to plan a getaway

Staycations! Where can you head to by road for a relaxing retreat? Here’s a selection of our favourite staycation guides and easy road trips from Dubai:

UAE Public Holidays & School Holidays 2019-2020

Please don’t forget to read our desert driving guide before heading anywhere in the heat.  Driving conditions can change vastly in the hottest summer months and your car needs to be ready to handle the conditions.

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

A glimpse inside Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, a popular staycation resort on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island

Looking slightly further away here are some of our best short break destinations where flights are around 4 to 5 hours max from Dubai.

Beirut City Skyline | Family Travel in the Middle East

Beirut is an easy flight from Dubai with great weather and plenty of day trips possible to see more of Lebanon

You can check out all of our Middle East destination guides here. 

Search Tools we use and recommend

So how do you go about seeking the best last-minute travel deals in these situations?

Great Flight Finder Tool

The best place to start your search for possibilities is using Skyscanner to search for flights.  You can enter your start airport, then try searching “Everywhere” to see what is available:

Don’t forget you can search from more than just DXB! Why not also try starting with:

  • AUH for Abu Dhabi
  • DWC for Al Maktoum Airport
  • SHJ for Sharjah
  • AE for all UAE airports
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Finding last-minute hotel deals

For hotels, we use a few different tools to make sure we’re getting the right price. We love Booking.Com as it has a super powerful search function and a great interactive map feature – you can test it here.

We also like to check that any accommodation we are booking is at the best price. For this we use HotelsCombined.com. Why not give it a try here – put in the hotel or location you are eyeing up and it will compare all the different search engines to try and find you the best price.

Don’t forget to jump over to our Family Travel Middle East chat group to discuss ideas with fellow parents.  We will update in the group and our Facebook Page as we become aware of any great last-minute deals.

(This post was written for Eid-al-Fitr 2019 and updated for Eid-Al Adha 2019.  If you are looking after these dates pop back next May for a 2020 update.)

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