Ski vacation is not an extravagant choice for UAE residents



Wondering what to do during the UAE National Day holiday? If you are an expat as nearly 80% of the country’s residents, traveling may well be on your plans. This season, a ski vacation is the most exclusive and exotic travel option you should consider. Moreover, one of the largest regional airlines, Qatar Airways offers special packages from Dubai and Abu Dhabi on its holiday page. Pack your bags and have fun with your friends or family at some of the most popular among Middle Eastern travelers ski resorts. 

Whether you are having a longer weekend at the end of the month, or just a 2-day holiday on the occasion of the 42nd National Day, you can celebrate in a different way this year. Visit the official site of Qatar Airways and browse through its Ski Page to find some great deals on short winter vacations. The company has prepared several packages which include return Economy Class airfares, 3-night accommodations, hotel room taxes and service charges. Is there a better way to spend your time off this winter than having fun in the snow with your closest people? Besides, the travel packages are at great prices, so you’ll have some extra cash for shopping, spa treatments, or buying gifts. If travelling is your way to have fun, take a look at the offers below.


There are several packages in Austria which include stays in Semmering and Mariazell. You can choose from two 4-star hotels in the little Alpine town of Semmering which has an altitude of 960m to 1.780m and a reputation as “the cradle of winter sports”. If you need the perfect snow for skiing or snowboarding, no matter whether you are an Alpine skier, a freestyler, or just a beginner, Semmering is one of the best places on Earth. Another well-known for its winter sports destination in Austria, is Mariazell. It is also one of the most visited pilgrimage destinations for Catholics in Austria and Europe for the famous Mariazell Basilica and its miraculous image of Virgin Mary. Packages start from AED 5849 per person for travels from Abu Dhabi and from AED 5599 from Dubai.

Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken is a famous tourist destination in the Swiss Alps which combines rich historical and cultural heritage and modern winter sports slopes and facilities. You will enjoy different adventures and activities – skiing, snowboarding, sledging, night sledding, or simply trying out the unique mountain railways. And of course, shopping here is a must-do – Interlaken has the highest concentration of souvenir shops in Switzerland. The package starts from AED 6739 from Dubai and Abu Dhabi and includes a return airfare, 3-night hotel stay, breakfasts, full day group lesson and day ski pass, as well as ski clothing and equipment.

Tehran & Dizin, Iran

Surprisingly for some, one of the largest Middle Eastern countries is also a home of Dizin, one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world. Here the winter season starts in the end of November and continues throughout May, which makes it far longer than the tourist season across European ski resorts. This is due to the resort’s high altitude reaching 3,600 m. Dizin is just 43 miles north of the capital city of Tehran which makes it the perfect destination for travelers. The prices for the Dizin package start from AED 6739 and include return Economy Class tickets from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, 3-night accommodation in 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotels, daily breakfasts, service charges, an English speaking guide, and even a pre-paid Visa process.

If you have always dreamed of spending some days in world’s best ski resorts, you don’t have to pay a fortune to do that. Just visit Qatar Airways’ website and you’ll find short winter breaks at amazing prices. Just don’t forget that the offers are valid for traveling during November and December, so don’t hesitate!

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