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Are you looking for the perfect travel destination? If you are wondering where you will find the perfect conditions for romance, adventure, entertainment, excitement, mystery and wonder – then look no further. There are several countries close to the United Arab Emirates which offer everything your heart seeks. Glamour, beauty, and excitement galore. These are the best choices for a romantic couple, an adventuring soul, and a history and culture vulture. Let's take a look at the countries that hold the most interest for travellers near the UAE.


Georgia is surrounded by the beautiful and majestic Caucasian Mountains. It is a gem of a country with beautiful scenery, excellent food, intriguing culture and language. If you want to explore scenic mountains and valleys, then this is the place to head to. Visit Tbilisi, the capital city and dine on popular dishes such as Khachapuri (bread with cheese filling), and Chakhokhbili (chicken stewed with fresh herbs). Batumi is famous for its hot springs and beaches, while Mtskheta is well-known for its historical architecture. Georgia is one of the best countries near UAE to travel to visit if you are looking for culture, beauty, perfect weather and great food.


Azerbaijan borders Russia and Georgia and is protected by the majestic Caucasian ranges. This country experiences 9 of the 11 climates found around the world, so that is an adventure within itself. Explore the central city, Baku, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check out the mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan – there are over 350 located in the region. These volcanoes erupt now and then and tourists visit the country just to watch the volcanoes erupt. Azerbaijan’s food and culture are intriguing as well, along with the various landscapes.


Armenia has several beautiful monasteries. The food is lavish and for a small fee, you can rent a private car and roam around the country. Each monastery is located in a picturesque locale. The Sevanavank Monastery is surrounded by blue water on all sides. The Noravank Monastery is situated between the tall Basalt Mountains. This is the site of the lovely Lake Sevan, a famous tourist spot. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful lake with the monastery behind it. Be sure to add Armenia to your list of travel destinations in the coming year.


India is sheer poetry in landmass; it is one of the best places to go on holiday. Every state has its own language and individual culture. For the culture vulture, there can be no other country that’s as fascinating as India. Plan your trip such that you get to see the best of India. Explore the palaces of Jaipur and the old battlements of Delhi. Enjoy Mumbai’s Bollywood scene and the blissful hilly paradises of Nainital, Darjeeling and Shimla.


Zanzibar is the perfect, exotic weekend island getaway if you live in the UAE. Zanzibar's weather is cool and sunny even in summer, so it’s the ideal summer escape. This country has Arabian, Indian, African and European influences, which shows up in its food, culture, architecture and clothing. Explore Stone Town and check out its beautiful old colonial architecture. Snorkel in Nungwi Beach, or go diving and kite surfing. Take a trip to the exotic private animal reserve, Cheetah's Rock, to check out native fauna.

Sri Lanka

Visit Sri Lanka to enjoy its many lovely beaches and green landscapes. Sri Lanka has many old forts and colonial buildings that are worth seeing. Explore the caves; check out the wildlife and the country's heritage. Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress for top views, and check out the Golden temple of Dambulla. Visit Kandy and explore its botanical garden, Gregory Lake and golf course. Be sure to visit at least one of these beautiful beaches - Bentota, Nilaveli, Negombo or Trincomalee.


Nepal is home to not one, but 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Culture vultures, you never had it so good. Have your fill of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan and Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple and Changu Narayan and the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath. You’ll find many foreigners leading the lives of hippies in Nepal, so enjoy the sight. Thamel’s night life is great, and for ever present are the fabulous Himalayan peaks. The Pokhara Valley presents opportunities to ski, paraglide and go zip flying.


Egypt is a repository of ancient history, exciting architecture and fantastic museums. Be sure to visit the pyramids, and get an eyeful of the Sphinx. Don’t miss exploring Tutankhamen’s old tomb, one of the main archaeological spots in Egypt. Cairo is full of burial villages, prehistoric buildings, museums and more. Plus, the fun side of Cairo is great, with the Nile cruises, partying, shopping and more.


Lebanon's war-time environment is long gone. Now the country is peaceful, and perfect for tourism. Be sure to explore Lebanon’s beautiful architecture, ancient monuments, lovely beaches, theme parks, trendy clubs and the many shopping malls. Don’t get stuck in Beirut. Explore other cool places such as Zaarour, with its breathtaking mountain views. Don’t miss out Chekka which offers some of the bluest waters in Lebanon. Bsharri offers incredible scenery, being a mountain village, the place where Khalil Gibran was born. If you’re a culture vulture, then explore Tripoli which is well-known for its unique architecture.


Petra, Jordan’s capital city was one of the most important places in the ancient world. Petra is entirely carved out of red rock, which makes it unbelievably interesting. The city is strewn with magnificent red rock structures, just begging to be photographed. Visit Al-Maghtas on the Israel-Jordan border, one of the most important biblical relics in the world. Amman is for culture lovers, while Jerash will pull in anyone who loves towering colonnades and fascinating old temples turned to Byzantine churches. Don’t miss exploring the Mujib Nature Reserve to get to know Jordan’s breathtaking backcountry.


Oman has much to offer, with its incredible castles, mosques, forts, buildings and museums. Explore the Muttrah Souq in Muscat, where you can buy Omani fabrics, traditional costumes, jewelry and more. Be sure to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Bausher. With its large golden dome, arches, decorated interior, engraved walls, beautiful lamps and magnificent central crystal chandelier, it is one of the best things to do in Musandam Oman. Don’t miss out the Musandam beaches, with their beautiful white sands. Sign up for a Musandam Dibba tour and explore the waters. One of the most famous beaches in Musandam is Khassab beach. If you are interested in wildlife, visit Ras Al Jinz, a natural reserve for endangered green turtles. Every year, about 20,000 females return to lay their eggs here.


With such a vast variety of countries to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when it is time to plan your vacation. All the countries listed in this blog are close to the UAE and Dubai, which means less travel time and more time for sightseeing and fun.
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