Sri Lanka gets spotlight for Eid holiday trips for Middle Easterners

Several United Arab Emirates-based airlines including global giant Emirates have added Sri Lanka to their list of summer Eid holidays promotion. 



www.thenationalnews.com said Middle Eastern travellers planning a summer getaway can take advantage of cut-price fares to several destinations as Etihad and Emirates are running flight promotions over Eid.

The national airline of the UAE has launched a summer sale with fares to select destinations reduced by 50%.

Separately, Sri Lanka tourism also got a boost when Saudi Arabia-based lifestyle magazine ‘About Her’ last week promoted what it described as amazing bespoke Eid experiences at luxury resorts in Sri Lanka. 

The article (abouther.com/node/38151/lifestyle/travel-food/enjoy-amazing-bespoke-eid-experiences-these-luxury-resorts-sri) mentions fully-inclusive deals valid up until 31 July and range from an invigorating, adventurous break to a private, pampering getaway.

The report in www.thenationalnews.com (thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/travel/eid-flight-sales-cheap-summer-travel-to-jordan-sri-lanka-seychelles-and-more-1.1217704) said Etihad sale which kicked off last Thursday and runs until Wednesday offered return fares in Economy class starting from 995 dirhams to five locations including Casablanca, Nairobi, Athens, Bahrain and Colombo. Etihad is also offering lower fares to the Seychelles, with rates from 1,895 dirhams and to Cairo for just more than 1,000 dirhams.

Those seeking colder climes can visit Moscow from 1,495 dirhams or Zurich with fares from 1,895 dirhams. Stateside, Etihad has economy fares for flights from Abu Dhabi to New York from 3,495 dirhams. These promotional prices give travellers a wide scope when it comes to when to travel as they are valid until 20 November.

UAE residents and citizens opting to visit Morocco, Switzerland or Russia can enjoy quarantine-free travel on both sides of their trip, as these countries all feature on the Abu Dhabi Green List.

Etihad passengers booking flights could also be in with the chance of winning 50 times their flight fare in Etihad Credit, as part of the airline’s Year of the Fiftieth program, which celebrates the UAE turning 50 this year.

For travellers in Dubai, Emirates is currently offering promotional fares on several of its premium flights.

Travellers can fly business class to the Maldives from 8,555 dirhams, to Kenya from 9,635 dirhams or to Seychelles for a little more than dirhams 10,000. There are also promotional fares on business class flights to Cyprus and Greece.

These fares can be booked up until 20 May, and are valid on flights departing on or before 28 February 2022.

Economy flights to Amman, Jordan are also on sale from Emirates, with fares from 1,525 dirhams. This flash sale is only valid until midnight on Thursday, and for travel between 1 June and 1 December this year.

If you are thinking of flying, familiarise yourself with all the documents needed for your destination. It also pays to do your research on COVID-19 case levels in countries that are open to tourists, and to find out more about local policies on mask-wearing, social distancing and other safety precautions.

Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi require travellers to show negative PCR test results when landing in the UAE, although there are exemptions in place for children.

Vaccinated residents and citizens returning to the capital from countries not on Abu Dhabi’s green list, now need only quarantine for five days, instead of the previous 10.

FT

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