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Flights to Dubai Airport, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Airport plays a major role in the Dubai economy, through employment and financial support. The home base for major carriers Emirates and FlyDubai, the airport handled close to 65 million passengers in 2013. It’s been reported that the airport sees to over 7000 weekly flights operated by approximately 140 airlines to over 230 destinations worldwide. The only continent travelers can’t fly to from Dubai Airport is Antarctica.

Taxis and driving are the choice of transportation for most, as the direct route to the airport is only 10 minutes from Dubai central. Less than 5km from the city, taxi rides aren’t expensive. Alternatively, if you’re not towing around more than one piece of luggage, the more economical way is to take the Dubai’s Metro, where trains run every 10 minutes. The public bus system is also reliable and regular, with a service departing every 10 minutes.

Abu Dhabi

Qasr al-Husn is Abu Dhabi’s oldest building. Arrange an informal tour of this gorgeous white palace fort, where the Al-Nahyan family resided during their reign. Then head to Emirates Palace to view the hotel’s ridiculously over-the-top décor of marble, gold and crystals, and an auto-mated teller machine that dispenses solid gold bars! Ferrari fans, behold – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. It encompasses Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, a flume ride through a V12 engine, a motion-simulator that lets you ride shotgun with a racecar champion, and an imaginative 4D adventure.

Sir Bani Yas Island

Sir Bani Yas is the largest island off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Island activities range from mountain biking to snorkeling, kayaking to guided walks, but if you only do one thing while on the island, make it a Nature and Wildlife Drive. Stay at the stunning Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa, which was a former palace, and be pampered like royalty.

Alexandria, Egypt

Set on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and 3.5 hours flight away, is beautiful city of Alexandria. First stop is Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a recreation of the ancient Royal Library of Alexandria that was burnt down centuries ago. Today, the majestic library houses museums, art galleries, a planetarium, exhibition halls, and shelf space for eight million books! Witness to the remains of the legendary Pharos lighthouse (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world), where Fort Qaitbey is sitting on.

After visiting Egypt, here are three places you can consider to go next.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Locally called KL, Malaysia’s capital city is a direct flight away from Dubai. Marvel at the height of famous Petronas Twin Tower and take a lift up to the observation deck on level 86th! Or head out of the city on a day trip to Batu Cave. Intrepid travelers will find Batu Cave bewitching, that is if they survived the 272 step climb! Located on the outskirt of the city, this enchanting limestone cave is a Hindu shrine and gets crowded on Thaipusam Festival.

Singapore

A flight between Dubai and Singapore is less than 8 hours. This red dot is known for its melting pot of Asian cuisines and delicacies. Start your culinary journey to Makan Sutra Glutton’s at the Esplanade, where you could wash down your dinner with fresh Calamansi lime juice, and enjoy the laser light show by Marina Bay Sands. Plan your visit around one of Singapore’s widely-celebrated cultural festivals, to experience the true merriment of this multi-racial nation.

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