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Updated 05 September 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. 

12 Cheapest Countries You Can Travel to From UAE In 2022

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.

Morocco — Radical Living

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

Nepal

How to reach?: Cheap flights are operated by several airlines on a regular basis to Nepal. Depending on your city of arrival, an economy-class flight ticket from the UAE to Nepal would cost you around AED 920.   

Where to stay?: A decent hotel in Nepal will cost you AED 25 per night. This rate will go up according to the location or ratings of the hotel. 

What to do? Cultural tours, sightseeing, hiking, and shopping

What to see? Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square

What to eat? Daal Bhat Tarkari, Momo, Chatamari, Dheedo

Suggested duration: Three to four weeks

COVID-19 rules: Travelers arriving to Nepal by air or land must present a certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19. Travelers who are unable to provide such certificate must present a negative COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, NAAT, Gene Xpert) taken within 72 hours of departure from the port of embarkment.

TOTAL EXPENSE: APPROX. AED 6105

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