Category: Middle East

Abu Dhabi to become an international cruise hub?

Abu Dhabi’s ambition to become an international cruise hub has received a significant boost following the signing of a landmark co-operation agreement between Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and MSC Cruises that will see the world’s fastest growing cruise operators deploy one of its top vessels to the UAE capital on a homeport basis from […]

Dazzling Dubai deal with Royal Caribbean

Dazzling Dubai deal with Royal Caribbean

Join Royal Caribbean International‘s Brilliance of the Seas next year on an eight-night Dubai fly/cruise from just £919.00 per person (based on two people sharing an inside cabin).  Price includes return flights from London Heathrow, transfers and a seven-night cruise departing Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and calling at Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Muscat (Oman), Abu […]

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Did you know that there are now more than 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 – as rated by their users, I assume – are: 1. Taj Mahal, India 2. Petra / Wasi Muda, Jordan 3. Palmyra, Syria 4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA 5. Abu Simbel, Egypt 6. Prambanan Temples, Indonesia […]

Top 10 island escapes

Top 10 island escapes

There’s something magical about islands.  The isolation… the privacy… wonderful beaches and complete solitude.  According to Tripadvisor, the world’s top 10 island escapes are: 1. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos 2. Cook Islands 3. Mykonos, Greece 4. Maldives 5. Cyprus 6. Boracay, Philippines 7. Ko Lanta, Thailand 8. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam 9. Bora Bora, French Polynesia […]

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Formerly an actor with the RSC, Grant Thatcher began the series of LUXE City Guides back in 2002. There are now more than 30 guides, including the best of the best from 20 in-the-know residents in each location. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the […]

World's first gold vending machine

World’s first gold vending machine

The world’s first gold vending machine is now enticing tourists in Abu  Dhabi where the Gold to go has found a home in the uber-luxurious setting  of Emirates Palace – one of the world’s most opulent hotels. Gold to go  dispenses ten specially-designed 24 carat gold bars in various  designs, such as the Kangaroo, Maple […]

Armani Hotel Dubai now open

Armani Hotel Dubai now open

The world’s first Armani Hotel, designed by fashion guru Giorgio Armani, is now open for business in Dubai after various delays to the project. The 160 room hotel, which oozes style, is located in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper. Although this is Dubai’s newest five star hotel, the Armani Hotel will soon have […]

Swissôtel offers access to the most exlusive clubs in Berlin, Istanbul and Shanghai

Swissôtel offers access to the most exlusive clubs in Berlin, Istanbul and Shanghai

Guests taking advantage of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts Finest Clubs Package can now gain admission to top clubs. The first hotels in the international hotel chain to offer this exclusive package are Swissôtel Berlin, Swissôtel The Bosphorus in Istanbul and Swissôtel Grand Shanghai; other hotels are to follow shortly. The package was created especially for […]

Expansion of The Rocco Forte Collection

Expansion of The Rocco Forte Collection

The Rocco Forte Collection – which currently has 13 luxury hotels in major cities across Europe –  has revealed that its first property in the Middle East will open in Abu Dhabi this Autumn. It will be followed by a 146-bedroom property opening in Jeddah in 2011, a 90 All-suite Golf, Spa & Villa Resort […]

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways, the 5-star airline, offers a private premium terminal for its First and Business class passengers at its hub at Doha International Airport. Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal offers fine dining with specially selected wines and champagnes, some exclusive to Qatar Airways. Business travelers may utilize free wireless internet as well as meeting rooms that […]

Scheduled for 2012: Shangri-La Hotel, Istanbul

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts‘ first hotel in Turkey, the Shangri-La Hotel, Istanbul is set to  open in April 2012. The hotel will be located between the Dolmabahce and the Maritime Museum on the European coast of the Bosphorus Straits, the 30km stretch of water separating Europe and Asia. Set within the Besiktas district, the shopping […]

Great Hotels Organisation welcomes new members

Great Hotels Organisation is welcoming a number of new members into its alliances (Great Hotels of the World, Special Hotels of the World and Metro Hotels).  Here’s a summary: Great Hotels of the World Eurostars Madrid Tower, Madrid, Spain Located in Madrid’s business district, the five-star Eurostars Madrid Tower offers 475 modern and luxurious rooms […]

New destination management company from Etihad Airways

New destination management company from Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is expanding the range of services it offers business and leisure travellers with the launch of a new destination management company – Hala Abu Dhabi. The new company will be  based in the nation’s capital but offer travel products, services and activities throughout all seven […]

New Black Sea voyages for Crystal Cruises

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises has expanded its 2010 European cruise collection to include two Black Sea voyages this summer. The two new itineraries feature a maiden visit to Sevastopol, Ukraine, as well as calls in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey. Steeped in artistic, military and architectural history, the 12-day cruises sail from Venice to Istanbul […]

Victoria Beckham offered  £25 million to design hotel?

Victoria Beckham offered £25 million to design hotel?

Media speculation claims that Victoria Beckham has been offered a cool £25 million to design rooms and staff uniforms for a luxury Dubai hotel. Isla Moda has reportedly already recruited the services of Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfield and it’s claimed that Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has personally approached the former Spice Girl about […]

New to Lebanon: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut

New to Lebanon: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut

When the beaming smiles of the doormen at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut dazzle their very first guests, the city will take another step forward in its renaissance as a 21st Century metropolis. After ten years in planning and five years under construction, the hotel opens as a gleaming statement of intent for visitors to enjoy […]