Spread across seven hills, Amman is a modern city with a historic badge of honour – after all, it’s one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The views from the top of Amman’s Citadel and ancient Roman Amphitheatre definitely live up to the hype but a visit to nearby Petra, the now Instagram-famous Nabataean caravan-city, should be on every itinerary. Situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, its rock-cut architecture is a sight to behold.
Get there: flydubai operates direct flights daily from Dubai World Central to Amman. flydubai.com
Hugged by the mighty Danube river on both sides, the Hungarian capital of Budapest delights with historic charm and dramatic architectural silhouettes. Don’t miss the World Heritage Site of Buda Castle Hill, the Hungarian National Gallery at the Royal Palace and the iconic Houses of Parliament. And remember that this beautiful city is best explored on foot.
Get there: Wizz Air operates three direct flights a week from Dubai World Central to Budapest. wizzair.com
While the 2015 earthquake brought devastation to parts of the city, the Nepalese capital remains admirably resilient and offers a spectacular array of cultural and historical attractions. What’s more, you can even blaze your own trail with extreme sports. Choose to conquer the ultimate summit of Mount Everest, raft through Karnali River, paraglide past low lying valleys, skydive for unbeatable views of the Himalayas or hold on tight at the world’s tallest and longest zip-line.
Get there: flydubai operates direct flights daily from Dubai World Central to Kathmandu. flydubai.com
You know about the world’s tallest building, but how about visiting the world’s heaviest? Bucharest’s unmistakable Palace of Parliament boasts an elaborate decor with crystals, marble and hand-woven carpets. The official seat of parliament in Romania is also the second-largest administrative building in the world. For more awe-inspiring sights, head to the neoclassical concert hall, Romanian Athenaeum, or enjoy a picnic at the lush green Herastrau Park.
Get there: Wizz Air operates three direct flights a week from Dubai World Central to Bucharest. wizzair.com
Oman’s beautiful capital is brimming with seafaring history and its own distinct character. The delightfully low-rise, picturesque city is home to several exquisite hotels and a magnificent opera house, making for a truly relaxing and cultural Arabian escape.
Get there: SalamAir flies twice daily from Dubai World Central to Muscat. salamair.com