What Should I Do With The 2024 Eid Holidays In Dubai?

Are you seeking some last-minute inspiration for things to do in Dubai with the upcoming long weekend for Eid? Or perhaps you’re seeking a last-minute getaway and looking for places to go on Eid. We’ve got you covered!

A wadi in Oman Eid Inspiration

The joyous occasion of Eid-al-Fitr is just around the corner, and many Middle Eastern countries will be marking the occasion with a whole week of holidays.

The UAE will mark the occasion in 2024 with at least a 6-day weekend, from Tuesday, 9 April to Sunday, 14 April (though it’s possible the entire week from 6 to 14 April 2024 could be declared – no guarantees, sorry!).

As always, the exact dates of Eid in the UAE are subject to the moonsighting committee AND government declaration for public holidays for both the public and private sectors.

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

Staying in the UAE for Eid

The weather in April is heating up, though water-based outdoor activities are still not out of the question in early to mid-April.

Let’s first up, though, look at some ideas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where you can keep the whole family entertained:

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 Local Getaway! Where to Go in Eid Holidays Within the UAE

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 that can make great Eid holidays in the UAE.

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

Where to go on Eid Holidays – Beyond the UAE

Looking slightly further away, here are some of our best short break destinations with flights 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 by 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

Finding last-minute hotel deals

We are big fans of using Booking.com for all our hotel booking needs, you can see if they have any last-minute Eid deals in the UAE here:


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

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