Category: United Arab Emirates

25 free things to do in Dubai

25 free things to do in Dubai

Dubai is renowned for over-the-top luxury, and as a tourist thinking of things to do in Dubai, it’s usually the high cost experiences that first come to mind. Helicopter tours, waterpark tickets, designer boutiques, private desert safaris and afternoon tea at expensive hotels… all very glitz and glam, but definitely budget-blowing. Well, there’s another side […]

7 new hotels opening in 2016 that you won't want to miss

7 new hotels opening in 2016 that you won’t want to miss

Throughout 2016 they’ll be a diverse array of new and noteworthy hotels opening around the world. From eco-minded mountain hideaways to family-friendly fun next-the-sea, here’s our roundup of seven soon-to-open resorts to keep an eye on… Ozen by Atmosphere Maldives – opening July 2016 Following multi-million dollar development, the Ozen resort at Maadhoo is set to take […]

Top 3 romantic destinations for 2016

Top 3 romantic destinations for 2016

So the mayhem of Valentine’s Day is over but why does romance only have to take place one month a year? Surely romance should happen all year round, especially as travelling can be one of the greatest joys to experience together. Eclectic cities like Paris and Rome are synonymous with love and romance and the […]

6 of the craziest things to do in the UAE

6 of the craziest things to do in the UAE

The UAE is well known for its ‘anything is possible’ attitude. Whether it’s building an indoor ski slope in the middle of the desert or the world’s tallest building, thanks to human ingenuity it’s possible to try almost any adventure sport imaginable in this man-made paradise. We’ve pulled together six of the best adrenaline-pumping activities […]

What's it like inside one of the world's most famous hotels?

What’s it like inside one of the world’s most famous hotels?

Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, one of the world’s most famous hotels, or wondered what goes on behind its doors? An all-suite hotel where every ‘room’ spans two floors. Well, now you can see for yourself – from the comfort of your own home. I recently had the pleasure […]

15 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2015

15 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2015

2015 was another year filled with interesting opportunities and visits to far-flung places around the world, including trips to Japan, Singapore, UAE and the Maldives, as well as many much closer to home, including several trips around the UK. My photography continues to need some fine tuning (I will be going on a course in […]

12 of the dreamiest pool villas on the planet

12 of the dreamiest pool villas on the planet

Discerning travellers are becoming increasingly hard to impress; impeccable service, fancy bathroom toiletries and spacious rooms are all taken for granted when you stay at a 5-star hotel. But there’s one room type that even the most hard-to-please globetrotters still get excited about: the pool villa. There’s something about staying somewhere with your very own […]

Where should you spend this Christmas?

Where should you spend this Christmas?

That time of year is fast approaching! That’s right, Christmas is just around the corner and already shops are gearing up for the festive season. Wherever you look, reindeers and snowmen are looking right back at you. Perhaps you’re thinking about spending this Christmas somewhere other than home. Great! We have some great suggestions for […]

Top 5 Winter sun holiday destinations

Top 5 Winter sun holiday destinations

Winter is upon us, and the days are getting shorter and colder. There is no better time to escape to warmer climes and enjoy tropical surroundings and sunny weather abroad. We have picked a selection of winter sun holiday destinations you can choose to relax and unwind in away from the UK. Bali As Autumn […]

What's it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

What’s it like to attend an iftar in Dubai?

On a recent trip to the Maldives, we had a short stay in Dubai which happened to co-incide with Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to sunset. Of course, there are many things you should and shouldn’t do in Dubai simply out of respect, whether […]

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

Short stay: JA Palm Tree Court Hotel, Dubai

JA Palm Tree Court forms part of the five star JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort complex – the ‘mother’ hotel to the JA Hotels & Resorts brand, and is tucked away in beautifully landscaped gardens. Unlike many Dubai hotels, this one has a relatively low-key feel (by Dubai standards, at least!) with low-rise buildings but […]

The top 5 souks to see in Dubai

The top 5 souks to see in Dubai

Dubai – the land of luxury, fast cars, skyscrapers and world-record breaking achievements. Spend a few days in this bustling metropolis and it’s all too easy to forget the Emirate’s rich Arabian history. Carved out of the desert sands, Dubai has undergone more transformation in its short 43-year lifespan than most countries have over the […]

The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai

The 5 best places to enjoy luxurious food in Dubai

Dubai is known as one of the world’s most decadent locations for a reason; it’s got great shopping, the hotels are the very epitome of style and comfort, and the food’s extraordinary. Whether you’re a strict vegan or you’d like to sample some delicacies which aren’t often found on most ‘normal’ menus, Dubai is the […]

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Top 10 cities in the world for marriage proposals

Getting engaged is the most exciting, nerve wracking, and potentially important day of your life. For years to come (hopefully!), your story about the planning, thought process, and personal touches behind how and, perhaps more importantly, where you ‘popped the question’ will be told and retold on countless occasions. The pressure for a memorable and […]

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

If you sometimes find yourself struggling to justify the extra expenditure of a business class flight, which can often amount to several thousand £s, then you are in luck as right now as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is having a sale on its KLM World Business Class flights, with prices starting from as little £1,249 return and many […]

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

5 luxury boltholes where you might not expect

What do you think of when you think of luxury?  A grand hotel and butler service? Yes, indeed – but such luxury has a time and a place.  At other times getting away from the textbook description and finding a place others haven’t or stumbling across a gem where you least expect is as good if not […]

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