Get your summer plans sorted with these top visa-free destinations.
Living in the UAE comes with its perks. Besides the super safe environment, you also get the chance to travel to some amazing countries with ease. So, if you’re still looking for the perfect destination to soak up the sun but want to avoid the hassle of waiting for visas for days or months, say no more. As a UAE resident, you can hop on a plane and visit several visa-free destinations. And if you prefer to be spontaneous, there are plenty of places that offer visas on arrival. We at FACT have put together a fantastic list of countries you can explore, along with all the incredible things you can enjoy while you’re there.
If you’re up for an off-the-beaten-path experience, Armenia is calling your name. From the charming streets of Yerevan, with its cafes, parks, and unique mix of cultures to breathtaking mountain landscapes that help you discover mediaeval monasteries and churches, Armenia has much to offer. Ensure you don’t miss the Symphony of the Stones in Garni, a natural wonder that will take your breath away. Experience the daily lives of Armenians in the vibrant Kond neighbourhood and learn about the country’s rich history at the genocide memorial. And as the sun sets, dive into Yerevan’s lively nightlife scene. Now that’s a perfect summer holiday, isn’t it?
Get ready for an incredible adventure in Azerbaijan where you can discover ancient landmarks, wander through charming villages and have experiences that will blow your mind. Start your day with an Azerbaijani breakfast in Baku’s Old City, then explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sheki’s old town. Don’t miss visiting ancient churches, indulging in healing oil baths and hiking through timeless mountain villages. Marvel at Baku’s modern architectural wonders and chill out by the beautiful Caspian Sea. And the best part about this country: you can immerse yourself in their tea culture. Azerbaijan is a perfect blend of history, nature, and gastronomy, guaranteeing an unforgettable trip for the summer.
If you’re itching for a unique destination that packs a punch, look no further than Bahrain. Despite its small size, this Gulf kingdom is bursting with exciting things to do. Picture this: diving for pearls like a boss, exploring a museum that’s jam-packed with 5,000 years of history or strolling through traditional neighbourhoods with hand-carved doors and coral decorations. And for those who love a good treasure hunt, how about wandering through an archaeological site that dates back thousands of years? Bahrain also boasts a thriving art scene, a bustling market filled with exotic spices and handmade goodies and even an adrenaline-pumping behind-the-scenes tour of a Grand Prix circuit. And guess what? You can even kayak around man-made islands and soak in the views.
Brunei is the place to be if you’re up for a unique adventure. This little country in Southeast Asia might not be on everyone’s radar, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Get ready to explore Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city, where you’ll find the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with its jaw-dropping golden dome. Don’t miss the Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque either – it’s a real stunner. Immerse yourself in Brunei’s history at the Royal Regalia Museum and for a wild experience, hop on a Mangrove River Safari where you can spot adorable Proboscis monkeys and stunning mangrove forests.
Get ready to create your own ultimate bucket list because this place has it all. From strolling through the streets of Savannah’s historic district to exploring the magical Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, you’ll be in awe at every turn. Thrill-seekers can’t miss the adrenaline-pumping adventures at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta. And history buffs, get ready to dive into the rich past of Georgia at its state and national parks, where stories unfold amidst breathtaking natural beauty. And if that’s not enough, there are live music festivals, unique boutiques for shopaholics.
Hong Kong is not just a glamorous financial hub and shopper’s paradise, but also a cultural hotspot with stunning sights. With over 50 beautiful beaches where you can surf and chill, this is the perfect place to spend summer. The Symphony of Lights is a must-see and the nightlife scene is buzzing. Or immerse yourself in local culture at temples and traditional festivals. And for family fun, there’s Ocean Park and Disneyland. And don’t forget to try authentic cuisine like dim sum and milk tea.
If you’re looking for a trip that’ll blow your mind, Indonesia is where it’s at. Journey through over 13,000 islands, walk with dragons in Komodo National Park, conquer volcanic peaks in Java, and dive into the underwater world of the Coral Triangle. Immerse yourself in the fascinating megalithic culture of Sumba, witness lakes that change colours like magic in Flores and catch some killer waves in Bali’s laid-back Wild West. Uncover ancient mysteries at Borobudur temple and set sail on a traditional phinisi schooner like a true adventurer. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for orangutans in Sumatra and explore the beauty of Danau Toba, the world’s biggest crater lake. Now that’s an adventurous trip.
If you’re up for an incredible adventure, Kyrgyzstan is the place to be. This emerging destination has it all – breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and exciting activities. Start your journey in vibrant Bishkek, explore Soviet architecture, and indulge in local cuisine. Hike in Ala-Archa Canyon, soak in hot springs at Altyn-Arashan, and marvel at the stunning beauty of Jeti Oguz. Take a dip in the freezing Issyk-Kul, visit the unique Skazka Canyon, and experience the nomadic lifestyle by staying in a traditional yurt. Don’t miss out on eagle hunting and bargaining at Osh’s bazaar. From hiking glaciers to skiing at affordable resorts, Kyrgyzstan offers endless opportunities for adventure. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey in the Switzerland of Asia.
From breathtaking mountains and vibrant marine life to bustling cities and tantalising cuisine, Malaysia is a melting pot of landscapes, cultures and flavours that will leave you spellbound. Picture yourself exploring the bustling streets where ancient temples stand tall alongside modern skyscrapers. Then venture into the wild and immerse yourself in lush rainforests and relax on pristine beaches. As for the food, tantalise your taste buds with a mouthwatering array of dishes, from street food delights to fine dining experiences. Malaysia is a sensory explosion that will leave you craving for more. So pack your bags and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Travelling to Maldives from the UAE is a breeze with numerous flight options, so if you’re looking for some serious tropical bliss, this is the place to be. Picture endless paradise isles with silky white sands, palm trees swaying in the breeze and water so clear it looks like a dream. But there’s more to the Maldives than just lounging by the beach. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting a local island like Huraa or Maafushi, where you can experience authentic Maldivian life and try local delicacies. And if relaxation is your game, indulge in an underwater spa treatment or pamper yourself at a private island spa accessible only by traditional boat. Oh, and did we mention you can swim with sharks? So pack your sunnies, get ready for some serious beach vibes and let the Maldives work its magic on you. When it comes to relaxed visa-free destinations for UAE residents, look no further.
Mauritius is like a dream come true with its postcard-perfect beaches, turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees. Get ready for some epic adventures like diving in the stunning reefs along the west coast or embarking on a boat trip to the tranquil Rodrigues Island. Hiking enthusiasts, lace up your boots because the trails in Black River Gorges National Park will take your breath away. Oh, and did I mention the vibrant Chamarel with its colourful sands and rum distillery? You’ll want to snap plenty of Insta-worthy photos there! And let’s not forget about the food! Prepare your taste buds for a flavour explosion with mouthwatering Mauritian Creole cuisine. Plus, don’t miss the chance to explore the island’s rich history by visiting its grand colonial mansions. This island paradise is the ultimate getaway for an unforgettable escape.
This tiny country offers jaw-dropping landscapes, stunning beaches, and ancient remnants of a bygone kingdom. You can’t miss exploring the old town of Herceg Novi, where you’ll find a fascinating mix of architectural styles and awesome outdoor activities like kayaking and trekking. Make your way to Kotor Old Town, a fortified marvel, and don’t forget to climb up to Kotor Fort for the most incredible panoramic views. For an unforgettable experience, try wild camping in Lovcen National Park and make sure to visit the Njegos Mausoleum for some seriously stunning vistas. Thrill-seekers, you’ll love white river rafting in the Tara Canyon and hiking in the scenic Durmitor National Park. Want more? Head to the capital, Podgorica, for a taste of city life, and don’t miss a dreamy sunset boat ride on Skadar Lake. Montenegro has it all so pack your bags and get ready for an epic adventure.
Nepal is like a dream come true for adventure junkies and lovebirds looking for a romantic getaway. It’s packed with exciting things to do that’ll make your heart race and your jaw drop. You can explore the ancient temples and bustling streets of Kathmandu, get lost in the charm of Bhaktapur and Patan, and indulge in thrilling adventures like paragliding and mountain biking in Pokhara. For wildlife enthusiasts, Chitwan National Park is the place to be, where you can go on a safari and spot tigers, rhinos, and crocodiles. And if trekking is your thing, the Annapurna Circuit and Gokyo Lake offer stunning views that will leave you breathless. Nepal also offers exhilarating activities like rafting, bungee jumping, and ziplining that will get your adrenaline pumping. Oh, and don’t forget the helicopter ride over the majestic Mount Everest. Nepal is easily the most adventurous of the visa-free destinations for UAE residents on this list.
If you’re looking for an amazing vacation destination, Oman should be on your radar. From stunning coastal scenery in the north to the bustling capital city of Muscat and the lush Dhofar region in the south, Oman has it all. You’ll be blown away by the beautiful mosques, forts, and ancient ruins that showcase the country’s unique architecture. Don’t forget to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and immerse yourself in the local culture at the Muttrah Souk. And if you’re a nature lover, you’ll be in awe of places like the Wadi Shab, Bimmah Sinkhole, and Snake Canyon. Oman will leave you speechless with its beauty and charm. And It’s just a short drive away from the UAE, making it super convenient for a quick getaway.
From exploring the lively streets of Souq Waqif and indulging in traditional food, to soaking up the luxury at The Pearl Qatar and going on a thrilling sand dune adventure, there’s something for everyone in Qatar. Don’t miss the historical Al Zubarah Fort and the Museum of Islamic Art for a dose of culture. And of course, shopping enthusiasts will love the Villaggio Mall, which even has a roller coaster inside. Get ready to be blown away by the mix of tradition, luxury, adventure, and culture that this country has to offer.
From conquering Pidurangala for stunning sunrise views to tasting the world’s best cinnamon on Ganduwa Island, this island nation is bursting with excitement. Hike Little Adam’s Peak, kitesurf in Kalpitiya, and camp in the misty mountains of Haputale. Explore Bundala National Park and spot incredible wildlife, take a scenic train ride through tea gardens, and feast on mouthwatering Sri Lankan crabs. Witness the largest gathering of wild Asian elephants, wander through the charming lanes of Galle Fort, and join the all-female Arugam Bay Girls Surf Club. Sri Lanka has it all for an unforgettable adventure.
Much like Maldives and Mauritius, Seychelles has a lot more going on than just beaches. Think giant granite boulders, protected forests and sugar-fine sand. You can scuba dive, sail and have gourmet picnics on private beaches. Don’t miss hiking to mountain tops, surfing and horseback riding. Island-hop, surf, fish, and take a helicopter tour for epic views. The Seychelles has it all, so get ready for an unforgettable getaway.
When it comes to visa-free destinations for UAE residents, Thailand is pure magic. We’re talking heart-stopping scuba diving adventures in the crystal-clear waters of the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. Picture yourself swimming among vibrant coral reefs, exotic fish and maybe even some friendly turtles, sharks, and rays. And if you’re up for a thrill, how about rock climbing and cliff jumping in Krabi? It’s like a real-life action movie. But if you’re more into finding your inner zen, join a meditation retreat or explore the breathtaking temples on a temple tour. And let’s not forget the foodies. Thailand is a paradise for your taste buds. Take a Thai cooking class and learn to whip up some mouthwatering dishes.