Bahrain and UAE passengers can make the most of Cathay Pacific’s fares and explore popular Asian destinations this Autumn
Cathay Pacific, the award-winning Hong Kong-based airline, is encouraging travellers to ‘Move Beyond’ and experience leading Asian destinations this Autumn with convenient flights from Manama and Dubai.
With fares starting from as low as AED 1905, travellers can experience bustling cosmopolitan cities, hidden coastal retreats and culinary explorations across the Asian continent.
“With distinctive offerings for travellers of all preference, Asia has long been a popular choice for Middle East travellers. Whether looking for an urban weekend getaway for culinary and nightlife, or a relaxing week on the beach with cultural excursions, countries and cities across Asia provide a rich diversity of travel options,” said Anand Yedery, Cathay Pacific’s Regional Head of Marketing & Sales, South Asia, Middle East and Africa.
“Our list of top Asian destinations to visit during the fall is designed to encourage travellers to move beyond their normal travel experience.”
Whether strolling along The Bund, the renowned walkway along the Huangpu River, or shopping on Nanjing Road, Shanghai is an eclectic adventure for GCC travellers. Those looking to enjoy Halal food on their visit should head directly to the Shanghai Muslim Market, which operates on Fridays near Aomen Lu, for the most highly-rated street food in Shanghai.
Business Class passengers can also enjoy Cathay Pacific’s newest lounge while in transit in Shanghai: the renovated Shanghai Pudong lounge in Terminal 2. The impressive pre-flight relaxation hub features The Noodle Bar, a signature dining destination that evokes Hong Kong’s tea houses and live noodle cooking, as well as The Terrace, a large open-ceiling veranda overlooking the apron and runway.
From K-pop to Korean BBQ, Seoul proves time and time again that it’s bursting with soul. Whether hitting up the high street at Myeong-Dong, or brushing up on your South Korean history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul will keep your Autumn days packed from start to finish.
From the bright lights and billboards in Shibuya – famed for its crossing just outside the station – to exploring the quirky districts of Harajuku, Shinjuku or Takeshita street, the bright lights of Tokyo welcome visitors from all nationalities with welcome arms. One small tip though – don’t tip staff for any services, it’s actually considered rude.
Fancy ticking off a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven ‘New Wonders of the World’ at the same time? Beijing is a great place to voyage to the Great Wall of China, the longest man-made structure in history. If modern is more your thing, head to the vast number of historical temples, or tuck into the extensive variety of dining opportunities – from delicious street food, to luxury fine dining.
UAE residents are already well acquainted with the world’s tallest building, but Taiwan is home to the previous holder of the title: Taipei 101, which reigned supreme as the world’s tallest building before being usurped by the Burj Khalifa in 2010. If chasing skyscrapers is not on the bucket list, but exploring the natural world is, then make sure to watch the sunrise over Jade Mountain before exploring Alishan National Scenic Area.
From exploring the neighbourhoods surrounding the Dotonburi canal, home to the famous neon Glico sign, to the Tsutenkaku (AKA the Eiffel Tower of Osaka) in all its colourful glory, Osaka is a cultural melting pot. Halal Media Japan also recently released an ‘Osaka Map for Muslims’ that features a comprehensive guide to halal restaurants and mosques throughout the city.
Boasting stunning white beaches and crystal-clear blue waters, Cebu is the ultimate place to relax and unwind in the Philippines. Chase waterfalls at Kasawan Falls, where visitors can enjoy three separate pools, or enjoy a historical city tour where visitors can marvel at the Spanish influence across truly remarkable structures.
Cathay Pacific operates two daily flights from Dubai and one daily service between Dubai and Bahrain, with onward connections to more than 200 destinations through its own dedicated terminal at Hong Kong International Airport.