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As the New Year approaches, why not plan a long weekend getaway to welcome 2024? We’ve handpicked a range of destinations that are just a few hours away from Dubai. And the best part? No visa hassles!

Wego brings you the top 5 destinations perfect for those wanting a stress-free holiday to kickstart the New Year, bypassing the complexities of visa applications.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, the vibrant capital of Uzbekistan, is a captivating blend of ancient history and modern allure. Discover the grandeur of the Hast Imam Square, home to ancient mosques and the world-renowned Quran of Caliph Uthman, and spend hours upon hours wandering through the bustling Chorsu Bazaar, a colorful hub of spices, textiles, and local crafts. 

For citizens of Dubai, travel to Tashkent is visa-free, allowing stays of up to 30 days. With a wide array of flight options from Dubai to Tashkent, your travel experience guarantees both convenience and enjoyment.

Flight details: Direct 3-hour flight served by Flydubai, Uzbekistan Airways, and Air India. Prices start at AED 718. 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s dynamic capital, blends tradition and modernity to captivate tourists. Iconic landmarks like the Masmak Fortress and the Kingdom Centre Tower offer glimpses into its rich history and stunning cityscape. This year’s edition popular citywide festival Riyadh Season is running until April next year, making now the best time to visit Riyadh.

UAE nationals from Dubai enjoy visa-free entry to Riyadh, for stays up to 90 days.

Flight details: Direct 2-hour flight by Emirates, flyadeal, and flynas. Prices start at AED 255.

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Salalah, Oman

Salalah, nestled on the southern coast, enchants with lush landscapes, serene beaches, and a unique Khareef (monsoon) season. Experience the fragrance of frankincense in vibrant souqs, explore ancient ruins at Al Baleed Archaeological Park, and revel in the coastal charm of Mughsayl Beach.

Travellers holding UAE passports get visa-free entry to Oman for up to 14 days.

Flight details: Direct 2-hour flight served by flydubai and Emirates. Prices start at AED 543. 

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Alexandria, Egypt

Known for the legendary Library of Alexandria, this city echoes with the whispers of ancient civilizations. Wander through the remnants of Cleopatra’s realm at the Citadel of Qaitbay or stroll along the picturesque Corniche, where sea breezes weave through the bustling streets. Not to miss are the flavors of authentic Egyptian cuisine at local markets and the city’s vibrant arts scene. 

UAE nationals coming from Dubai will get to enjoy a visa-free entry to Alexandria, for stays up to 30 days.

Flight details: Direct 4-hour flight served by flydubai. Price starts at AED 512. 

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Under the gaze of the majestic Tien Shan mountain ranges lies Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. What can you do here? Plenty! Start by exploring the bustling Osh Bazaar, with its rows of stalls offering everything from traditional crafts to tantalizing local delicacies. Afterward, perhaps take a hiking trip to the Ala Archa National Park or challenge yourself with day trips to Konorchek Canyons or Alamedin Gorge.

Bishkek provides visa-free entry for citizens of Dubai, enabling stays for up to 30 days.

Flight details: Direct 4-hour flight served by flydubai and Emirates. Prices start at AED 853. 

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