The upcoming summer break is a great opportunity for vacation-deprived souls to jet out of the UAE. Over the past year, the tourism and hospitality sector across the globe has enhanced efforts to make visitors feel safer during their stay. Private flights add an additional layer of safety, luxury and comfort to the vacation experience, by ensuring minimal contact with others and fewer hassles while travelling. What’s more, decreasing fuel prices have ensured the private jet experience is now accessible to a wider demographic.
Here are some of the top destinations that travellers are jetting to this summer break:
Dubai (DXB) to Colombo (CMB): 4h 30m on a super midsize jet; up to eight passengers from $45,000
Its rich history, beautiful landscape, great food and friendly people make this island nation an ideal year-round destination. Sri Lanka has something for everyone: wildlife, mountains, culture, cuisine and beaches. Touch down in Colombo and experience a unique blend of diverse cultures. Top attractions include the beach resort town of Bentota, cultural capital Kandy and the World Heritage Site of Galle, home to the famous fort.
Recently, the country’s health ministry relaxed quarantine rules for vaccinated passengers if a PCR test taken within 24 hours confirms that they are not infected with the virus.
Dubai (DXB) to Amman (CMB): 3h 30m on a midsize jet; up to eight passengers from $30,000 one way
Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, Jordan offers a plethora of unforgettable experiences. There is Petra – one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi Rum, Amman’s famous cafes and art galleries, the spectacular Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth accessible by road, or one of the world's best-preserved ancient Roman cities in Jerash.
Towards the end of January, Jordan relaxed its travel rules to allow tourists to enter without needing to undergo quarantine.
Dubai (DXB) to Larnaca (LCA): 3h 30m on a heavy jet; up to thirteen passengers from $33,000 one way
This Mediterranean island is perfect for anyone: the leisure traveller, the explorer or the history buffs. It has beautiful beaches, abundant natural beauty and unique history, each adding to its potential as one of the most popular destinations. From archaeological sites, museums and beautiful monuments, to hiking trails or beaches, the small area of the island means it is easier to cover all the major spots during a short stay.
If you are planning to visit Cyprus in June or July, there is good news. The country recently announced that tourists from 65 countries, including the UAE, were permitted to visit from May 10, without being required to undergo quarantine upon their arrival as long as they had cleared mandatory medical tests.
Dubai (DXB) to Malé (MLE): 4h on a heavy jet; up to 14 passengers from $43,000 one way
While January to mid-April is the best time to visit the Maldives, this archipelagic nation has been one of the most popular choices for private jet passengers all year round. Popular with couples and families, Maldives opened tourism as early as July 2020, offering the most luxurious overwater stays and the most exciting underwater activities.
Maldives welcomes travellers, vaccinated or not, without any quarantine requirements.
Dubai (DXB) to Seychelles (SEZ): 5h on a heavy jet; up to eight passengers from $45,000 one way
Seychelles is known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, popular for scuba-diving and snorkelling, and has been a top destination for holidaymakers arriving via private jet. Throughout the year, the weather remains pleasant, so the island nation is set to be a sought-after summer travel destination this year as well.
Seychelles started welcoming visitors from across the globe, irrespective of their vaccination status, from March 25. There would be no quarantine requirement nor restriction on movement upon entry into Seychelles.
Can’t wait to hit these destinations? Remember that the journey is just as important as the destination. Private aviation experts understand passengers’ expectations and needs and always offer the best combination of privacy, safety, luxury, style, and comfort. This makes it easier for travellers to make bookings.
* The writer is General Manager, Delta World Charter, air charter specialists.
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