Our favourite stopover destinations across Asia and the Middle East

17 June 2019

Why not transform your long-haul trip into a twin-centre adventure with our favourite stopover destinations across Asia and the Middle East? Breaking up flight times and experiencing an exciting new city, what’s not to love? Here are just some of the stopover destinations you could try…

Dubai (Emirates)

The destination: Home to a plethora of shopping and dining opportunities, and a gateway to discovering the rich Arabian culture, Dubai is so much more than a quick stopover. From glittering hotel lobbies to the simple hospitality of a Bedouin desert camp, Dubai has experiences to suit a wide variety of tastes and preferences. Soak up the views from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, visit the designer stores of Dubai Mall, or soak up the sun along La Mer.

The airline: With a fleet that is among the most technologically advanced in the sky, Emirates deliver one of the finest flying experiences on the planet. Departing to Dubai 17 times a day from eight UK airports, Emirates offer convenient onward connections to over 140 destinations worldwide, spanning six continents.

Abu Dhabi (Etihad)

The destination: Abu Dhabi promises glorious sunshine and no shortage of attractions. Beach lovers will enjoy the pristine white sand on Saadiyat Island, while shoppers can find jewellery, carvings and hand-made carpets in the city’s assorted souks, or designer clothing in its modern air-conditioned malls. Culture vultures will love Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the historic Qasr Al Hosn Fort.

“The weather was fabulous every day with the temperature around 30-32 degrees Celsius every day”

Emma, Travel Counsellor

The airline: Fly in style on Etihad Airways’ luxurious fleet, taking advantage of an offering that includes a VIP travel concierge service, exclusive airport lounges, child-friendly journeys and extensive in-flight entertainment. With a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite shower room, The Residence is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline designed for two people travelling together.

Hong Kong (Cathay)

The destination: A world city in every sense of the term, Hong Kong’s history and current status as a global financial hub has made it a cultural melting pot with people from across the world residing here. Whether you want to live the high life at OZONE bar or eat Michelin star dim sum at street food prices, Hong Kong is a paradise for food and drink enthusiasts. This vibrant, urban centre is a microcosm of modern Asia and is home to one of the most magnificent skylines in the world.

“I would say it is the perfect destination for city adventure and relaxation all in one visit.”

Debbie, Travel Counsellor

The airline: Four-time winners of World’s Best Airline at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, Cathay Pacific operate to 200 destinations in over 50 countries. Business Class customers enjoy priority check-in and boarding, complimentary lounge access and an exclusive cabin featuring fine dining and award-winning seats, while those flying First Class have their own private, spacious suite with luxurious details including an Aesop amenity kit and in-chair massages.

Singapore (Singapore Airlines)

The destination: The Lion City has a long and fascinating past, which is now evident in the array of cultures present in the city’s various neighbourhoods including China Town, the Indian Quarter, and the Arab Quarter. Now a bustling urban metropolis, Singapore has countless attractions, from the Gardens by the Bay, to the famous Merlion Park.

The airline: Singapore Airlines is consistently rated one of the world’s best airlines thanks to its superb service, excellent culinary options and extensive route network, flying to 62 international destinations in 32 countries across five continents. Flying Singapore Airlines ensures seamless transit through Changi Airport, which has been voted the best in the world on a number of occasions, and plenty of options for a stay in Singapore.


Bangkok (Thai Airways)

The destination: A city to truly ignite all your senses. Wander the markets in search of delectable treats, to find out why Bangkok is the world capital of street food. Spend the day exploring the city’s plethora of temples and palaces, and immerse yourself in the Buddhist culture.

“Dining out in Bangkok is fantastic, there’s such an array of choice and the value for money is amazing”

Helen, Travel Counsellor

The airline: Thai Airways combines modern amenities with traditional Thai hospitality, to bring you a truly enjoyable in-flight experience with classic Thai dishes in a serene setting complete with countless hours worth of movies, TV shows, music and games. Thai Airlines’ premium seating goes by the name of ‘Royal First Class’ - a top-tier prestige comprising just 12 compartment-style seats which offer greater privacy in a separate cabin.


Contact your local Travel Counsellor to discuss the best stopover destination on your next breakaway to take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.


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