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This winter, you want a flight of less than 7.5 hours - and you want it warm. You’re looking further afield than Europe, but you clearly don’t want to take an age to get there! What are your options?

The Caribbean will take you over your flying time, as will the Indian Ocean and Far East. For the best temperatures, lightest rainfall and generous sunshine hours, we’re taking a peak at Dubai, Morocco, Abu Dhabi and Oman.

How do the flight times compare?

These are average, non-stop flight times from London.

  • Marrakesh - 4 hours
  • Dubai - 7 hours
  • Abu Dhabi - 7 hours, 15 minutes
  • Muscat - 7 hours, 30 minutes

Dubai

Great for: lavish hotels, desert adventure, theme parks, water parks, beaches, water sports, land sports, nightlife and oodles of attractions – especially tall ones!

 

Dubai is awash with attractions catering for practically everyone with every taste. Mostly manufactured of course, but done exceedingly well. You’ll be spoilt with the number of shopping malls, but for free entertainment, a walk along the marina is recommended.

Month

Average temp in degrees C

Average daily rainfall

Average daily sunshine hours

November

 

25°

10

9

December

 

21°

20

8

January

 

19°

10

8

February

 

20°

40

8

March

 

23°

40

9

Abu Dhabi

Great for: culture, museums, tours, gastronomy, harbour walks, markets, falconry.

 

Not quite as ‘full-on’ as Dubai, this classy Emirate invites you to explore its culture in superbly presented museums and exhibitions. It has its fair share of ‘wow’ in Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, The Sky Tower, Sheikh Zayed Bridge and of course The Corniche.

Month

Average temp in degrees C

Average daily rainfall

Average daily sunshine hours

November

 

25°

10

10

December

 

21°

10

10

January

 

18°

10

9

February

 

20°

20

11

March

 

23°

10

11

Muscat, Oman

Great for: culture, sightseeing, wandering, shopping – especially gold.

 

You must visit the imposing Grand Mosque, Mutrah Souq, with its timber roof and Omani artefacts, Mutrah Gold Souk – with its glittering precious metalwork, the privately-owned Bait Al Zubair museum and the stunning Royal Opera House Muscat.

Month

Average temp in degrees C

Average daily rainfall

Average daily sunshine hours

November

 

26°

10

11

December

 

23°

10

10

January

 

21°

10

9

February

 

22°

30

11

March

 

26°

10

11

Morocco - Marrakesh

Great for: families, beaches and markets

 

The flight to Marrakesh will only be 4 hours This will not put you in the hottest winter sun area, but it will give you a pleasant climate and fair amount of sunshine.

Month

Average temp in degrees C

Average daily rainfall

Average daily sunshine hours

November

 

17°

41

7

December

 

14°

13

7

January

 

13°

10

7

February

 

14°

32

8

March

 

17°

38

8

If it's sun you're after without the big miles, we hope these ideas have helped. We do have more up our sleeve though so give us a call!

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