5 Dream Destinations Under 5 Hours From Dubai – Plus What to Wear to Them

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Discover the most magnificent destinations to travel to in the Middle East – and what to wear when you’re there.

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Discover the most magnificent destinations to travel to in the Middle East – and what to wear when you’re there.

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Turkey

Flight Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

Ajia Hotel Istanbul Turkey
Photo: Courtesy of Hotels Combined

Where to Stay: A’jia Hotel
Guests arriving by water taxi are treated to an incredible view of this Ottoman-mansion-turned-boutique-hotel, which juts out into the Asian shores of the Bosphorous. The exquisite and luxurious A’jia Hotel is not only stunning to behold, but also offers individualized service for every guest, 16 lushly appointed rooms, Bulgari toiletries,  gourmet dining at the on-site restaurant, and more.

Halide Edip Adıvar Caddesi, Beykoz, İstanbul
​(​+902) ​16 413 9300
www.ajiahotel.com

Frankie's Istanbul
Photo: Courtesy of Studio No 1A

Where to Eat: Frankie Istanbul
Perched above one of Nişantaşı’s trendiest neighborhoods in the fashion and art district, Frankie Istanbul offers a dynamic dining experience on the rooftop of the elegant Sofa Hotel. The lounge often hosts live acoustic performances, and Executive Chef Symeon Triantafyllou’s innovative menu elevates Mediterranean cuisine and Aegean flavors.

Tesvikiye Caddesi, Nisantasi, Istanbul
(+902) 12 230 6666
www.frankieistanbul.com

Istanbul Bazaar
Photo: Courtesy of Geo Location

What Not to Miss: Arasta Bazaar
Tucked behind the Blue Mosque is Arasta Bazaar, an open-air market with shops selling luxe carpets, vibrant ceramics, boutique jewelry, and other hand-made crafts at often lower prices than those found at the Grand Bazaar. Peruse these stores at your leisure in a calm and inviting atmosphere.

Arasta Çarşısı, Istanbul
(+902) 12 516 07 33
www.arastabazaar.com

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Lebanon

Flight Time: 3 hours 55 minutes

Photo: Courtesy of Villa Clara

Where to Stay: Villa Clara
Located in the Mar Mikhael area in Ashrafieh, Villa Clara Boutique Hotel is within walking distance of downtown Beirut, as well as many restaurants and art galleries. Each room has a balcony that overlooks the city, while the property is decorated with unique local art. In addition to the prime location and chic rooms, guests can enjoy fine French cuisine at the on-site restaurant.

Ashrafieh, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
(+961) 70 995 739
www.villa-clara-boutique-hotel.beirut-hotel.net

Casablanca Beirut Lebanon
Photo: Courtesy of Casablanca

Where to Eat: Casablanca
Sweeping vistas of the Mediterranean and an impeccable East-meets-West infused menu make Casablanca a famous landmark in Beirut for brunch or dinner. It’s owned by the legendary Johnny Farah and his wife, who craft daily menu items such as fresh seafood served with local organic vegetables from the Farahs’ own rural farm.

Qaddoura Building, Beirut
(+961) 1 369 334
www.facebook.com/pages/Casablanca

Shouf Beirut Lebanon
Photo: Courtesy of Mondo Global World

What Not to Miss: The Cedar Reserve
Escape from daily life and venture to Lebanon’s largest nature reserve where the breathtaking landscape is dotted with oak, juniper, and cedar forests. The Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve boasts some of the country’s oldest trees and panoramic views of the countryside from the summit of Niha Mountain.

Dahr Al-Baida, Barouk, Beirut
(+961) 5 350 250
www.shoufcedar.org

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Cyprus

Flight Time: 3 hours 29 minutes

Anassa Cyprus
Photo: Courtesy of Anassa

Where to Stay: Anassa Hotel
As one might expect of a hotel with direct access to the ocean, the dining at Anassa Hotel is one of its most memorable aspects. Fresh seafood is expertly prepared at one of the multiple fine-dining restaurants on the property and will surprise and delight even the pickiest palate. Direct beach access, a variety of watersport packages, a beautiful garden, a serene pool, and a candlelit terrace contribute to the hotel’s unforgettable luxury.

Alekou Michailidi Road, Pathos
(+357) 26 888000
www.anassa.com

Ousia
Photo: Courtesy of Ousia Lounge Cafe

Where to Eat: Ousia Lounge
As medieval as it is minimalist, Ousia Lounge presents a lavish culinary experience of homemade Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch. Indulge in seasonal and local flavors in a harmonic setting perfect for wining and dining to your heart’s content, right opposite Limassol’s castle.

Palaio Kastro Square, Limassol, Cyprus
(+357) 25 760072 090
www.ousialounge.com

Hilarion Castle Cyprus
Photo: Courtesy of New Cyprus Magazine

What Not to Miss: St Hilarion Castle
Fit for the kings and queens in our beloved fairy-tale classics, St Hilarion Castle is one of the most popular and best preserved castles in North Cyprus. Nestled on a hilltop with grandiose towers, windows, and dramatic turrets, the property boasts expansive views of the Kyrenia coastline.

Nicosia Road, Kyrenia, Cyprus
(+90) 533 161 276

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Oman

Flight Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

chedi muscat oman
Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

Where to Stay: The Chedi Muscat
Perfectly situated between the Gulf of Oman and the Al Hajar Mountains, The Chedi Muscat offers spectacular views of both from its gorgeous rooms and verdant terraces. Traditional Omani style permeates the hotel alongside elegant, modern touches, so that guests feel connected to the heritage of the place while relaxing in complete luxury. With six restaurants, two lounges, a spa and wellness center, and a breathtaking pool, there is no shortage of amazing experiences to be had at The Chedi Muscat.

North Ghubra, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
(+​968) 24 524400
www.ghmhotels.com/en/muscat

The Beach Chedi Muscat Oman
Photo: Courtesy of The Chedi Muscat

Where to Eat: The Beach at The Chedi Muscat
Soak up the sea breeze and dine along a secluded stretch of sand next to the Gulf of Oman. The Beach at The Chedi Muscat boasts an exquisite menu of culinary delights, such as signature seafood dishes with bold flavor profiles. An impressive grape selection makes dining here as sublime and relaxing as ever.

North Ghubra, Muscat, Oman
(+968) 24 524400
www.ghmhotels.com

jebel shams oman
Photo: Courtesy of Wild Arabia

What Not to Miss: Jebel Shams
Perfect for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers, trekking to the summit of Jebel Shams will reward you with views like no other. The pathway follows the rim of the Saydran Gorge with a spectacular view of Wadi Nakhr, the “Grand Canyon” of Oman.

www.omantourism.gov

 

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Jordan

Flight Time: 2 hours 59 minutes

Hot Springs Jordan
Photo: Courtesy of Velvet Escapes

Where to Stay: Evason Ma’In Hot Springs
The hot springs and Six Senses Spa at Evason Ma’In Hot Springs is this luxurious hotel’s best attraction. Carved out of a desert rock face, Evason Ma’In is a unique gem filled with mysterious, Jordanian beauty. If you’re in need of serious downtime, let the staff of Six Senses Spa rejuvenate and restore your spirit and body with Dead Sea therapies and mineral-rich treatments.

Madaba, 11117 Main, Jordan
(+962) 5 324 5500
www.sixsenses.com/evason-resorts

Fakhr El Din
Photo: Courtesy of Euromic

Where to Eat: Fakhr El-Din
The renowned restaurant of Fakhr El-Din in Amman was once home to the first Prime Minister of Jordan. Today, the features in this traditional Jordanian home are well-preserved and the space now holds a spectacular restaurant serving genuine Lebanese cuisine with oriental mezza, fish from the Arabian Gulf, and other delightful delicacies.

Jabal Amman, 2nd Circle
(+962) 6 465 2399
www.fakhreldin.com

Kempinski Jordan
Photo: Courtesy of Travel Individual

What Not to Miss: Swim in the Dead Sea at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar
Embrace the magic in Jordan by floating in the famous Dead Sea at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. With tantalizing 360 degree scenic views of this natural phenomenon, floating in the world’s saltiest body of water next to an exclusive five-star property is as luxurious as it is effortless.

Dead Sea Road, Swaimeh
Ishtar, Jordan
(+962) 5 356 8888
www.kempinski.com/en/dead-sea/hotel-ishtar

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