Category: Middle East

The world's most exciting city? A compelling debate

The world’s most exciting city? A compelling debate

In partnership with The Platinum Card® from American Express® You may recall that I was planning to attend an event hosted by 1843 Magazine and The Platinum Card from American Express recently – a debate in which five different cities, proposed by five different panellists, were put forward as contenders for the title of the […]

11 of the coolest things about Israel

11 of the coolest things about Israel

Before traveling to Israel, the only thing I knew was that I really enjoyed the company of the Israeli people I had encountered on my travels. Going by this, I assumed that Israel would make a great place to visit. Before even boarding the plane, an Israeli lady had started a conversation with me and […]

Al Maha, Dubai

6 of the sexiest tented camps outside southern Africa

The rugged wilderness has always been a natural calling to mankind – after all, mankind was shaped by it before by inventing agriculture, creating colonies and discovering civilisation. But the adventurer has found a way to escape the chaos of cities and going back to mankind’s roots by roughing it out and camping in nature. […]

The most exciting city in the world?

The most exciting city in the world?

In partnership with the Platinum Card® from American Express® Inspirational, intriguing cities are dotted all over the world offering visitors enriching experiences, brushing with fascinating eras of history, embracing different cultures and enjoying delicious culinary creations. I have been lucky enough to visit some of the world’s most iconic cities, as well as some lesser […]

10 picturesque places in Persia for practicing photography

10 picturesque places in Persia for practicing photography

Sanctions are slowly being lifted from Iran, and since 2015, it’s become easier to travel through this warm and welcoming land, its rich history and culture ripe for the picking. Autumn and Spring are the best times to go, as temperatures are mild and comfortable. In my two week visit I witnessed so much beauty, […]

Stunning scenery in Sicily

10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit on a Mediterranean yacht charter

A luxury yacht charter is the ultimate way to visit the great UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Mediterranean. Disembark by day to wander the villages of Amalfi, hike Sicily’s volcanoes, or walk the walls of Dubrovnik, before returning to your yacht, chatting excitedly about the wonders you’ve seen, dining on deck as the yacht […]

Dubai's best brunches

Dubai’s best brunches

In the UK, the term ‘brunch’ refers to a late morning meal – nothing particularly noteworthy – but in Dubai, Friday Brunch is an institution.  It’s the week’s main event – the chance to kick the weekend off in style (weekends run Friday – Saturday in the UAE).  It’s not breakfast, not lunch, but an […]

5 great reasons to visit Abu Dhabi

5 great reasons to visit Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s popularity as a tourist destination has rocketed recently, and it’s not hard to see why. With it’s brilliant blue sky, Emirati culture, luxury hotels and exciting theme parks, this is a city that will please even the most discerning traveller. From exotic safaris to spellbinding mosques, here are five great reasons to visit […]

17 of the latest luxury developments in Dubai

17 of the latest luxury developments in Dubai

With the world’s biggest ferris wheel rising, hotel expansions at Atlantis, The Palm in excess of £77m and Damac’s new luxury property due to open this year, it is an exciting time to be in Dubai. Have your breath taken away by the mesmerizing performances of La Perle as they begin their first shows or […]

6 new hotels to look forward to in 2018

6 new hotels to look forward to in 2018

Interested to hear about some of the world’s best luxury hotels that are just around the corner? Here’s our guide to some of the most exciting new hotels opening across the globe in 2018. Rosewood Baha Mar, The Bahamas – Opening Spring 2018 The Rosewood Baha Mar is part of a huge redevelopment project on […]

6 art events to visit in the UAE this Summer

6 art events to visit in the UAE this Summer

It’s sizzling hot in the UAE but let that not stop you from enjoying a pop of colour on canvas at several art exhibitions and events taking place over the summer.  Several luxury hotels are hosting various artist exhibitions, many of these are running for more than two months. So, if you find yourselves in […]

Our top 5 hotel picks in Dubai

Our top 5 hotel picks in Dubai

The annual Dubai traveler would know that every year the landscape changes. New buildings invite new hotels that change standards. Hotels that were leading the industry just three years ago have fallen behind new players. We thus make it a point to annually visit this top holiday and business destination. During our trip last week, […]

Top 10 restaurants in Turkey

Top 10 restaurants in Turkey

The location of a country like Turkey can deeply affect the versatility when it comes to cooking style, flavour and presentation of food. Set right in the middle of Western Europe and Eastern Asia, separated by the Bosphorus strait, the country is connected historically with Greek, Persian, Roman and Ottaman empire influences. I found Turkish […]

11 fine dining restaurants for iftar in the UAE during Ramadan

11 fine dining restaurants for iftar in the UAE during Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan is one of personal reflection, communal worship and giving to the less fortunate. It’s also a time when families come together to break their fast at sunset. Moreover, in the United Arab Emirates, a country where a huge population of expatriates exists, iftar has become a time when they can […]

10 must-visit celebrity chef restaurants in hotels around the world

10 must-visit celebrity chef restaurants in hotels around the world

You’ve watched them on TV, bought their cookery books, and seen gushing articles referencing Michelin stars… and now they’re drawing diners in their droves to hotels around the world.  Read on for our top picks of the best famous-name hotel restaurants. Gary Rhodes’ Rhodes Twenty10 at Le Royal Méridien, Dubai Who: Gary Rhodes OBE is one […]

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Dreaming of Dubai: 5 top experiences for my next trip

I’ve been to Dubai a couple of times, but each trip was rather brief. Yet I had enough time to appreciate the amazing contrasts in a city where sheikhs have fulfilled their dreams, but ancient traditions live on. I spent time in the opulent Burj al Arab, filming the incredible palatial surroundings of the Royal […]