Those with UAE residency visa are eligible for a single entry visa (30 days) upon arrival, if accompanied by a UAE citizen. Otherwise, E-visas are available.
flydubai flies three times a day to Baku. Return fares from Dh1,010. The airline has two flights a week to Gabala until September 17. Returns from Dh1,070.
WHERE TO STAY
Baku: JW Marriott Absheron Baku (674 Azadliq Square; call +994 12 499 88 88) is centrally located and offers lovely views of the Caspian Sea and the waterfront. Rooms from Dh520. Qabala: The River Side Hotel (call +994 24 205 43 30) is barely a 20-minute drive away from the ski slopes and the Tufandag resort.