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Updated 18 March 2022

It’s a great feeling to be bitten by the travel bug, but it can also be pricey. Globetrotting is the fantasy of a lot of people. They may be discouraged from making it a reality, unfortunately, because travel is always perceived to be costly. How will you see the world in your budget without burning a hole? Is flying on a budget possible?

Travelling cheap can be pretty challenging. Fortunately, we’ve done the work for you by putting together a handy list of must-visit countries from the UAE if you are looking to travel on a budget.

Please note that we have gathered this information from multiple sources and prices are accurate at the time of writing. 

Georgia

Georgia, the transcontinental paradise located between Europe and Asia, is a treasure trove for adventure seekers and leisure travellers alike. The stunning landscape, decked with pristine lakes, ancient monuments, picturesque little villages and alluring mountain ranges, are must-visit gems in this beautiful country. 

How to reach: Georgia is sought after by Emiratis for its extremely low airfares. The round-trip flight from the UAE to Georgia starts as low as AED 210 and can go over AED 1400, depending on the flight class and seats.

Where to stay?: Decent hotel rooms for a single night will cost you as little as AED 48.

What to do?: Mountain trekking, street gazing, sightseeing, bus tours, wine tasting. 

What to see?: Batumi Botanical Gardens, Lake Rica, Batumi Dolphinarium, Batumi Boulevard, Aerial Tramway (Tblisi), Old Town (Altstadt), Monument Al and Nico. 

What to eat?: Georgian cuisine is versatile and underrated, and notable ones include khachapuri (cheese-stuffed bread), khinkali (Georgian dumplings) and qababi (kebabs). A typical meal in the capital city of Tiblisi would cost you AED 19. Make sure to visit Mafshalia and Racha Tavern to indulge in yummy but budget-friendly cuisine options. 

Suggested duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights

COVID-19 rules: A full dose of vaccine certificate or negative RT-PCR test result is needed to enter Georgia. Travellers aged 10 and below are exempt from this requirement. 

TOTAL EXPENSE: LESS THAN AED 3,000

Armenia 

Armenia is a country where cuisine, culture, history and modernity intertwine together to create a fine blend of unforgettable memories. Armenia is just a few hours away from the UAE, with amazing budget-friendly options for tourists. 

How to reach?: The round-trip flights to Armenia from the UAE begins at around AED 249 if planned a month in advance. 

Where to stay?: You can find a decent budget hotel room for about AED 33 to AED 65 per night.

What to do?: Sightseeing, Cultural Tour, Wildlife Tours, Boating

What to see?: Armenian Genocide Museum, Cafesjian Center for Arts, Matenadaran, Yerevan Brandy Factory, Vernissage Market

What to eat?: Drenched in flavour yet easily affordable Armenian food is loved by all. Dolma and topik are must have Armenian dishes. The traditional fast-food joint Zhinglyanov Hats is a popular budget restaurant, suitable for everyone looking to enjoy the best of Armenian cuisine on a budget. 

Suggested duration: 5 days 4 nights 

COVID-19 rules: A full dose of vaccine certificate or negative RT-PCR test result is needed to enter Armenia.

TOTAL EXPENSE: APPROX. AED 3,100

Jordan

Jordan’s generosity and hospitality are simply boundless—since ancient times, the land has always been welcoming to countless strangers and visitors. As such, not even the pandemic can stop you from paying your respect to Jordan’s ancient rock city of Petra. 

How to reach?: Catch a flight from UAE to Jordan at just AED 140 onwards. 

Where to stay?: Decent hotels will cost around AED 100 per night. 

What to do?: Cultural Tours, Local Sightseeing, Beach trips, Swimming, Hot air balloons, Hiking

What to see? Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Karak Castle, Dana Nature Reserve, Ruins at Umm Qais

What to eat? For a normal 2 course meal, you will spend AED 26 to AED 36 per person. Check out Hashem Restaurant and Alquds for popular yet budget meals.

Suggested duration: 6 days 5 nights

COVID-19 rules: All travellers bound for Jordan must first complete this form prior to departure and obtain a QR code. There are no testing or quarantine guidelines for incoming passengers in Jordan. 

TOTAL EXPENSE: Approx. AED 3,500

India

With its snow-clad mountains, numerous hill stations, the great Indian Thar Desert, pristine beaches, and coastal beauties, India offers a plethora of different and unique experiences to tourists all year round. 

How to reach?: Cheap flights are operated by several airlines on a regular basis to India. Depending on your city of arrival, an economy class flight ticket from the UAE to India would cost you anywhere between AED 466 to AED 717.  

Where to stay?: Most budget hotels charge AED 48 per night. This rate will go up according to the location or ratings of the hotel. 

What to do?: Cultural Tours, Hiking, Animal Watching, Temple Visits

What to see? Taj Mahal, Varanasi, Red Fort, Goa, Leh-Ladakh, Kerala, Coorg, Rishikesh, Shimla

What to eat? You will get to spend around AED 26 to AED 36 per person. Check out small cafes and mobile restaurants that serve food for AED 5 or less. 

Suggested duration: 7 days 8 nights

COVID-19 rules: Pre-register on Air Suvidha. Those vaccinated need not submit negative test report. Quarantine has been scrapped for all.

TOTAL EXPENSE: APPROX. AED 3,100. 

Italy

Italy is one of the most affordable European destinations to travel to from the UAE. This European country is known for its vibrant shopping districts, cultural events, and art galleries. All of this, as well as delectable culinary delights, ensures unforgettable tours.

How to reach?: Cheap flights are operated by several airlines on a regular basis to Italy Depending on your city of arrival, an economy class flight ticket from the UAE to Italy would cost you around AED 1,425 to 1,576.   

Where to stay?: A decent hotel in Italy will cost you AED 191 per night. This rate will go up according to the location or ratings of the hotel. 

What to do?: Cultural Tours, Making a pasta, Hiking, Shopping, Opera shows, Sight-seeing, Attending festivals

What to see? Cinque Terre, Tuscan Hill Towns, Verona’s Roman Area, Lake Iseo, Pisa Tower

What to eat? You will get to spend around AED 19,75 to AED 49,20 per person. 

Suggested duration: 7 days 8 nights

COVID-19 rules: Italy is open for travellers who can show proof evidence of vaccination, a negative test, or a COVID-19 recovery certificate All permitted arrivals, except those from San Marino and Vatican City, will be required to fill out a travel declaration form before arrival.

TOTAL EXPENSE: APPROX. AED 4,297

Morocco

Morocco is well-known for its fantastic city getaways, that will provide you with breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. It is also known for its market’s best-selling items including jewellery, rugs, leather goods, and engraved teapots. On your trip, you can also acquire genuine and unique items that will light up your home.

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How to reach?: Cheap flights are operated by several airlines on a regular basis to Morocco. Depending on your city of arrival, an economy class flight ticket from the UAE to Morocco would cost you around AED 1,035.   

Where to stay?: A decent hotel in Morroco will cost you AED 94 per night. This rate will go up according to the location or ratings of the hotel. 

What to do?: Cultural Tours, City breaks, Hiking, Shopping, Camel rides

What to see? Marrakesh, Medina in Fes, Jebel Toubkal, Erg Chebbi, Blue Alleys of Chefchaouen

What to eat? You will get to spend around AED 19,75 to AED 49,20 per person. 

Suggested duration: 7 days 8 nights

COVID-19 rules: International travel to Morocco is open for fully vaccinated arrivals. However, they must fill out Health Passenger Form before arriving in Morocco. All arrivals to Morocco will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 48 hours before departure. And they must take a rapid Covid test upon arrival.

TOTAL EXPENSE: APPROX. AED 2,337

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, might be a small country, but it is home to spectacular beaches where you can do everything under the bright warm sun, such as surfing, swimming, snorkelling and more, not to mention the amazing seafood. 

How to reach?: Multiple flights are available from the UAE to Sri Lanka and it could cost you just AED 705. 

Where to stay?: You can get a decent hotel around AED 48 to AED 78. Reduce your cost by staying at hostels at just AED 29 per night. 

What to do?: Heritage Tours, Religious Visits, Art and Culture Tours, Water Adventure Sports, Wildlife Tours, Plantation.

What to see?: Colombo, Kandy, Yapahuwa Kurunegala, Galle, Tissamaharama, Kirinda, Sabaragamuwa, Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Matara, Kataragama.

What to eat?: AED 15 – AED 48 depending on the place you choose to dine. Thambili, the juice from King Coconut, is very refreshing and a must-try. 

Suggested duration: 6-7 days

COVID-19 rules: The island country has started welcoming travellers from all countries as long as they have a valid tourist visa. Vaccinated tourists are free to visit approved tourist sites without having to quarantine. COVID-19 PCR tests or Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers or for children below the age of 12 years prior to their departure into Sri Lanka.

TOTAL EXPENSE: APPROX. AED 3,200

Turkey

Turkey- the fairytale land with ornate chapels and green hills, turquoise lagoons and beaches, lively resorts and quaint little villages is once again welcoming Emirati travellers back into the country. 

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How to reach?: Multiple flights from the UAE to Turkey are available every day, and it could cost you around AED 581. 

Where to stay?: you can get a decent hotel around AED 46 per night. 

What to do?: Heritage Tours, Religious Visits, Art and Culture Tours. 

What to see?: Hagia Sophia Mosque (Aya Sofya), Ephesus, Cappadocia, Topkapı Palace and the white cascade travertine terraces of Pamukkale. 

What to eat?: AED 40 to AED 50 depending on the place you choose to dine. 

Suggested duration: 6-7 days

COVID-19 rules: All travellers must submit a Turkey Entrance Form and present a PCR test taken in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test taken in the last 48 hours. Fully vaccinated and recovered patients are exempt. 

TOTAL EXPENSE: UNDER AED 3,500

Cyprus

Nestled in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus has clear, blue expanses of beaches and several monuments of artistic importance as it is believed to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of love. 

How to reach?: A round trip to Cyprus from the UAE will cost you around AED 1,500. 

Where to stay?: You will get a decent room for AED 88 to AED 100 per night. 

What to do?: Cultural Tourism, Beach Visits, Water Activities, Wine Tasting, Hiking and Rock Climbing. 

What to see?: Kourion, Larnaca, Karpas Peninsula, Kolossi Castle, Cape Greco, Troodos Mountains. 

What to eat?: Most budget-friendly food options in Cyprus is priced at AED 17 to AED 27. 

Suggested duration: 5 days 4 nights

COVID-19 rules: The UAE is categorised under the list of “green countries ” in Cyprus. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements. Click here to get your Cyprus Flight Pass. 

TOTAL EXPENSE: AROUND AED 4,000

Oman 

UAE’s neighbour is one to reckon with when it comes to selecting a country for your international trip. Oman shares historical and geographical similarities to the Emirates and there is a significant cultural pull for visitors from the UAE. It surely surpasses the expectations of every visitor with its grand mosques, spectacular mountain views, vibrant souks and white-sand beaches. 

How to reach?: A round trip to Oman from the UAE will cost you around AED 213.

Where to stay?: You will get a decent room for AED 96 to AED 240 per night.

What to do?: Cultural Tourism, Beach Visits, Desert Safari and Stays, Fort Tours, Hiking and Rock Climbing.

What to see?: Muttrah Souq, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Khasab Beach, Al Qurum Beach, Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Wadi Bani Khalid, Nakhal Fort, Nizwa Fort, Jibreen Castle.

What to eat?: Dining is a bit costly in Oman. A decent meal will cost you around AED 72. Fast food and street food options are considerably cheaper than sit-down restaurants.

Suggested duration: 5 days 4 nights

COVID-19 rules: Non-citizen travelers aged 18 and above traveling to the Sultanate of Oman are required to present a vaccination certificate indicating that they have received at least two doses of the approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before traveling.

TOTAL EXPENSE: AROUND AED 4,100

Egypt 

Egypt is a land of wonder defined by captivating desert landscapes, towering pyramids, and the enchanting Nile river among many others. 

How to reach?: Round-trip fare to Egypt from the UAE is around AED 250. 

Where to stay?: It will cost you around AED 50 per night to stay at a decent hotel.

What to do?: Local Shopping, Market Tour, Sightseeing, Desert safari, River cruising. 

What to see?: Pyramids of Giza, Luxor’s Kar