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Cheap flights from the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country consisting of a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Located in the Middle East -- more specifically on the Persian Gulf -- the country has a population of almost 10 million (a large percent of which are expatriates). The official religion of the country is Islam, and the official language, Arabic.

Domestic

To get a feel of what the UAE is like, you can’t miss exploring its capital city, Abu Dhabi. Visit the lavish and stunning Emirates Palace, which has more than 100 domes and 1,000 chandeliers made of precious materials such as gold, mother-of-pearl and crystals. Also, don’t miss the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the UAE, and the eighth largest mosque in the world. Interestingly, the mosque was built using materials and artisans from all around the world, including Italy, Morocco, China and Greece, to name a few. With its shimmering marble, precious stones, gold and crystals, it is truly a sight to behold.

Another UAE destination with much to offer is the oasis city of Al Ain. Besides its multiple oases, the city is known for its lush greenery and is the fourth largest city in the UAE. Visit the city’s famous prehistoric tombs and restored forts, and get close to feisty camels at the traditional camel market -- the last souk of its kind in the UAE. On top of seeing the majestic beasts up close, this is one of last few places you can watch animal bartering -- observe the traders bargaining the merits of their camels and buyers bartering with goats and sheep.

Thrill-seekers won’t want to miss having a unique Middle Eastern adventure at Al Khaznah. Less than 2 hours away by car, Al Khaznah offers some amazingly majestic and beautiful tall sand dunes and sand valleys. There, you can live your desert safari dreams of dune-bashing, sand skiing, quad biking, camel riding and more.

International

If you want to leave the UAE, the world is at your feet: the country offers some of the best airports in the world such as Dubai International Airport, which can take you almost anywhere you wish to go. You can grab a direct flight from Dubai to Auckland, the most populous city in New Zealand and a melting pot of different cultures. Learn about the country’s native inhabitants at the Auckland Museum that is full of Māori taonga (treasures), visit Te Hana Te Ao Marama (a 17th century Māori village replica), or have a guide from a local tribe take you on a tour of Auckland’s volcanoes.

You can also fly on the UAE’s flag carrier Emirates Airline to Beirut in Lebanon. Once there, don’t miss the iconic National Museum of Beirut, which houses an impressive collection of archaeological artefacts from Lebanon’s past. Have a look at gold jewellery from the ancient Byzantines who used to occupy the city, 5th century marble statues of baby boys, Phoenician bronze figurines and more. Then make a trip to Beirut’s iconic natural site, the famous Pigeons’ Rock. A beautiful set of rock formations, Pigeons’ Rock – also known as the Rock of Raouché – consists of two poetic-looking offshore rock arches and chalk cliffs on the nearby shores. For a better view, trek down to the cliffs below and you’d also find the hustle and bustle of the city suddenly disappear from sight and hearing.

If you’d like to go to Asia, Emirates Airlines also offers flights direct from the UAE to Bangkok. There’s no shopping paradise quite like the capital of Thailand. Filled with megamalls with tons of wares at jaw-dropping prices, it is a favourite weekend destination for Southeast Asians. Visit Platinum mall and prepare to buy a separate suitcase for carting all your steals home. Besides shopping, Bangkok also offers beautiful architecture in the form of ancient temples such as Wat Arun, as well as the stunning Grand Palace and Golden Buddha.

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