Just a quick hop from the UAE, Georgia offers a wealth of activities for all ages with its rich culture, friendly people and fantastic food.
How to get there
Flight duration Currently flydubai is the only carrier that flies direct from the UAE, departing from Dubai and landing in Tbilisi after 3h25m. Other carriers have a minimum of one stop.
Currency Georgian Lari
AED1 = GEL0.73
Foreign exchange points will offer a better exchange rate than the banks and ATMs located in the airport. A. Kazbegi Street in Saburtalo has many exchanges house for this purpose. One of the easiest ways to get around is by taxi. For a slightly higher rate, the Taxify App works in Georgia, otherwise taxis can be flagged down quite easily.
WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO:
Take a walking tour Tbilisi is beautiful to explore on foot. A guided tour can be arranged as well, with stops at well-known attractions. Walking tours can be arranged for around $25.
See dinosaur footprints
Kids will love Georgia’s world-famous Prometheus cave in Tbilisi where they can see dinosaur footprints in the Sataplia Nature Reserve. Surami, a pinewood resort, is a great stop along the way where visitors can taste Nazuki bread.
Cross the Kura River on the Bridge of Peace
It’s a modern architectural landmark and one of the most photographed parts of Tbilisi.
Visit Tbilisi’s Rezo Gabriadze Marionette Theater
Make sure to visit on the hour, so your kids can take in the quirky architecture of the crooked clock tower as well see the angel strike the bell. Take in the show that happens every hour and enjoy the interesting art pieces nearby.
Take the kids to Mtatsminda Amusement Park
If walking tours get a bit much, Mtatsminda Amusement Park is popular with locals and tourists. It offers a variety of activities which include riding a rollercoaster at the highest point in Tbilisi. A one-day all access pass allows visitors to enjoy unlimited admission to the rides and entertainment within the park as well as the scenic funicular tram. Attractions include events for kids, picnic zones, and souvenir shops.
GEORGIAN DISHES WORTH TRYING:
This dish is made by slathering thin slices of chargrilled eggplant with a walnut paste which has been flavoured with tarragon vinegar, marigold, and blue fenugreek.
Featuring a an oven-roasted medley of firm eggplant and crisp bell peppers, lightly bound at the last minute with fresh tomato purée and livened up with cilantro, Ajapsandali is a dish not to be missed.
Pkhali, which should be tried by vegetarians and meat eaters alike, can best be described as vegetable pâtés made with whichever vegetables happen to be available and served over bread.
Georgia has four distinct seasons, with the best time to go in spring, between mid-April and May, after the rain has stopped. Many holidays, including Georgia’s Independence Day (26 May), occur over this time and visitors can watch the parade on Rustaveli Avenue.
Expats with a valid visa or residence permit in the UAE are exempted from visa requirements and can enter Georgia without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period. Relevant valid visa or residence permit along with travel document/passport must be presented at the moment of entering Georgia. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months. If you are unsure, the Georgian Government has created an e-visa portal: https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/