Where to fly for a win­ter hol­i­day from Dubai

Whether you want to ski or just en­joy the snow, here’s where to en­joy without break­ing the bank

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Whether you want to ski or just en­joy the snow, here’s where to en­joy both without break­ing the bank

1 Ge­or­gia: We rec­om­mend vis­it­ing Tbil­isi for a few days to get a city ex­pe­ri­ence. Af­ter all, it doesn’t make much sense to go to Ge­or­gia without vis­it­ing its cap­i­tal, which is fa­mous for its de­li­cious din­ing op­tions and con­tem­po­rary nightlife scene. But the best win­ter at­trac­tion will have to be the stun­ning Cau­ca­sus moun­tain area.

We rec­om­mend the lux­u­ri­ous Rooms Ho­tel lo­cated near the coun­try’s third high­est moun­tain, Kazbegi. If you wish to ski, opt for Marco Polo Ho­tel in Gu­dauri ski re­sort.

2 Rus­sia: You can’t do win­ter in Rus­sia without ex­pe­ri­enc­ing win­ter in Sochi. Or at least, you shouldn’t. It en­tered the world stage when it hosted the Win­ter Olympics in 2014 and it is now one of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for lo­cals as well as for­eign tourists for great ski­ing and slightly milder win­ters than the rest of the coun­try. Kras­naya Polyana has four ski com­plexes, but the city it­self also boasts art gal­leries and mu­se­ums.

The best part? Ho­tels are very af­ford­able. We like Gorky Ho­tel the most as it of­fers ski-in and ski-out as well as vast moun­tain views.

3 Hun­gary: Its cap­i­tal is called the Paris of the East for a rea­son, and Hun­gary’s Bu­dapest is ac­tu­ally a much more af­ford­able Paris.

Many ar­gue that it’s best wit­nessed dur­ing win­ter, when the streets are filled with fes­tive mar­kets and bright dec­o­ra­tions. Its ma­jes­tic ar­chi­tec­ture and vin­tage cafes make it a ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tions for cou­ples, too. It has many bud­get ho­tels in­clud­ing The Aquin­cum Ho­tel Bu­dapest.

4 Le­banon: It’s mostly pop­u­lar for its sum­mer­time va­ca­tions when the sun is shin­ing, the beach clubs are full and the nightlife is buzzing, but if you’re look­ing for a calmer win­ter in the moun­tains, Le­banon is an af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

Go to Faraya, north of Beirut, for a cozy ski get­away. We rec­om­mend InterContinental Mzaar for a lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence.

Af­ter a day on the slopes, try tra­di­tional restau­rant Jalset Al Erzal. While you’re there, head to Bcharre, the birth­place of Le­banese writer and poet Khalil Gi­bran.

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