There’s no denying that even those who love the heat living in Dubai are somehow ‘over it’ by August! The heat and humidity day after day, and yet another indoor activity with the children can get you down but there’s no need to traipse to the other side of the world for some welcome relief from the heat because we’ve scouted out five options for you all under 6 hours flight from Dubai, and a good 10-15 degrees cooler! Let’s get planning your summer escape…
Salalah is what immediate springs to mind when we think of summer escapes – one of the only Middle East destinations that can actually boast its best season for visitors is August!
Nestled on the south coast of Oman, Salalah and the Dhofar province receive the benefit of the Khareef – the tail end of the south-eastern monsoon from around July to September each year which plummets temperatures to a very mild and relaxing day time average of 25c/77F.
There is some sightseeing to be had, albeit maybe not as on a grand scale as other parts of Oman and the Middle East. In East Salalah you can visit the remains of ancient port Sumhuram, or the ruins of Sumhuram at Khowr Rawri. Along the coast you can visit Marneef Cave at high tide to see the blow hole in action. Other visitor highlights include Taqah Castle are the frankincense museum – but most Gulf visitors are simply seeking a pleasant relief from the heat!
2hrs (Fly Dubai & Oman Air from DXB)
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One of the most popular quick escapes from Dubai, this eastern Mediterranean island is known for its laid-back approach to life, amazing fresh food and beautiful beaches.
Although not as hot as Dubai, summer temperatures still peak around 33c/91F – nothing a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean can’t sort out.
It really is an all-rounder destination for families, with history, shipwrecks, fairytale castles and wide beaches in Kyrenia in the north – or head to Larnaca in the East for underwater activities and exploring sea caves.
August is turtle hatching season, making a visit to Lara Beach to see the turtle conservation projects a must, along with a host of outdoor activities to enjoy from horse riding to kayaking.
For the younger kids, there are playgrounds and water parks a plenty across the island nation.
3 hours 40 minutes (Daily direct flights from DXB to Larnaka)
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So many choices! From hotels to privately rented villas everyone you ask will have their favourite part of Cyprus. Some of the best hotels for families include Elysium Hotel [Here] and Aphrodite Hills [Here] in Paphos.
In Ayia Napa, Olympic Lagoon Resort [Here] is a popular choice with its seven swimming pools and all-inclusive option, whilst St Elias Ultra All Inclusive [Here] in Protaras with its own waterpark is another popular choice.
Also check out our British mums owned villa listings for Cyprus HERE
[CHECK ALL ACCOMODATION IN CYPRUS – BOOKINGS HERE]
One of the favoured quick-escapes from Dubai to emerge in the past year has been Tblisi, but have you heard of Batumi? Situated on the Black Sea at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains, this bustling sea port city is a tourism hot spot during the summer months.
August brings mild weather with day time temperatures around 26c/79F, making it perfect for getting active outdoors and appreciating the beautiful setting.
For families, the botanical garden is popular, as is the Dolphinarium, 6 May Park and Miracle Park. Enjoy great views from the Argo Cable Car and stroll the 6km long Batumi Boulevard before catching amazing Black Sea sunsets.
The best part is, being in Eastern Europe the cost of a family trip is significantly cheaper than many of the more well-known European centres. With less than a 4-hour flight, this is our bargain pick for a quick and unique escape.
3 hours 45 minutes (twice a week with Fly Dubai from DXB)
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Several Aparthotels with amazing ocean views and pool facilities can be found along Khimshiashvili Str close to the city action. Alternatively, rent a beach villa along the coast in Gonio – where the beaches are considered that little bit nicer!
[SEE ALL ACCCOMMODATION IN BATUMI HERE]
Whilst some may suggest July and August aren’t the best time to visit Sri Lanka, it might be time to think again. Whilst the south and west coasts might still be affected by the summer monsoon blowing in from the Bay of Bengal, northern and eastern parts of the country can be bathed in sunshine with a rather pleasant average high around 29c.
There are a number of national parks that are in their prime during August including Yala, Uda Walawe, Wilpattu and Sinharaja. August is also the best season for whale spotting near Trincomalee.
August is still described as low season and the beaches can be empty, perfect for grabbing a late summer bargain!
4 hours 30 minutes (5+ daily flights from DXB)
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Some of the towns you can look to stay in to enjoy the milder weather include Arugam Bay [Here] – known for its surfing beach, laid back vibe and great eats. If you prefer snorkeling and swimming with nice hotels, try Passekudah Bay [Here].
Some fabulous British mums owned holiday homes in Sri Lanka can be viewed HERE
[CHECK ALL ACCOMMODATION IN SRI LANKA – HERE]
Slightly further afield but somewhere for the more adventurous to try, why not head into the Serengeti to catch the largest mammal migration in the world? The crossings at Grumeti and Mara Rivers are popular safari attractions as the wildebeest herds head north to Kenya around late July/August.
As well as game drives, experience hot air balloon rides, guided walks and night safari’s – bound to be a truly unforgettable experience for all the family. The best part of travelling in August, it is the driest month in East Africa where day time temperatures hit around 27c/80F.
(Do note additional vaccines might be needed for Tanzania, you will need to plan ahead. Safari’s may not be suitable for very young children)
To Dar Es Salaam 5 hours 40 minutes (Emirates fly daily DXB to DAR or Fly Dubai 3 days a week)
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