Category: Middle East

Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro

There’s never a dull moment in Dubai.   If they’re not building whole archipelagos in the shape of palm trees (or even in the shape of the world), they’re building huge indoor ski domes or the world’s largest building and first 7-star hotel.   All this is placing a burden on Dubai’s infrastructure and most […]

Top skylines in the world

Top skylines in the world

According to diserio.com, the best skyline in the world is that of Hong Kong, pictured right. Personally, 15th-placed Seattle gets my vote, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Mount Rainier. The article sums up the top 18 skylines in the world as: 1. Hong Kong (China) 2. Chicago (USA) 3. Shanghai (China) 4. New York […]

Emirates to invest almost $500m in twin-tower hotel

It’s Dubai grabbing the headlines once again! At the recent Arabian Travel Market, Emirates Hotels & Resorts announced the launch of a $490m twin-tower hotel. The new project  forms part of their aggresive  expansion plans over the next four years, adding 1,700 hotel rooms and apartments to Dubai. Emirates Park Towers Hotel & Spa in […]

Bawadi - the world's 'longest' hotel strip

Bawadi – the world’s ‘longest’ hotel strip

According to developers, Dubai will add another feather in its cap with the construction of the world’s longest hotel strip at a cost of $27 billion. “Bawadi” will feature 31 hotels along a 6-mile strip of land, offering more than 29,000 rooms projected to host 3.3 million guests by 2016. One of the hotels, AsiaAsia, […]

What's happening with The World?

What’s happening with The World?

If you’ve not already heard about The World, then allow me to put you in the picture… it’s a collection of 300 private islands in the shape of continents located off the coast of Dubai, offering “the ultimate in privacy and luxury”. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart and Angelina Jolie are all […]

Win a luxury 3-night holiday for two at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Win a luxury 3-night holiday for two at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

Guardian Unlimited Travel has teamed up with Gulf Air to offer one lucky Guardian reader a trip for two to Bahrain staying at the Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa for three nights. The winner and a friend will travel business class to Bahrain before being whisked off to the Ritz-Carlton, a 20-acre resort complex on […]

Management of The Palm Golden Mile

Management of The Palm Golden Mile

IFA Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to manage The Palm Golden Mile and their two shoreline buildings, Al Nabat and Al Haseer, IFA Hotels & Resorts’ residential projects, located on the trunk of The Palm, Jumeirah. The Golden Mile will encompass some of The Palm’s […]

Four Seasons Golf and Country Club Dubai

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is poised to inaugurate its eighth property in the Middle East and its first of three developments in Dubai with the opening of Four Seasons Golf and Country Club Dubai this  summer. Four Seasons took over the reigns of its first golfing facility in the Middle East, formerly known as […]

Ski chalet suites... in Dubai

Ski chalet suites… in Dubai

The brand new five-star Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai is offering ski chalet suites for $7,000 a night.   Yes, ski chalet suites.   And yes… $7000 a night. They offer views of Dubai’s artificial ski slope – the world’s third largest indoor ski resort. There are 15 such chalets, all designed […]

New Palace Suites at The Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul

New Palace Suites at The Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul

The Çırağan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul has completed the renovation of its Palace Suites. All 10 suites will offer you exclusive accommodation combined with modern facilities in a historical surrounding with the renowned Kempinski service and quality, allowing you to indulge in luxury like a Sultan. The hotel is situated by the Bosphorus and was […]

Anantara Hotel Jumeirah Lake, Dubai

Anantara Hotel Jumeirah Lake, Dubai

Slated to open in early 2007, Anantara Hotel Jumeirah Lake, situated along the waterfront in Dubai’s prestigious Jumeirah Lake district, is the latest exciting addition to the Anantara family. The Anantara experience is one of sensual harmony, and  an intuitive balance of architecture and gardens, which offers a feeling of space and escape. The property […]

Four Seasons Damascus

Four Seasons Damascus

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is today inaugurating the new luxury Four Seasons Hotel in the capital Damascus. The hotel is majority owned by Saudi Prince al-Walid bin Talal and partners. Local media is reporting that the president’s participation at the opening is an indicator of Syria’s openness to Arab investors and a positive sign to […]

Dubai World Cup and where to stay

Dubai World Cup and where to stay

A week today will see the eleventh running of the world’s richest race, the US$6,000,000 Dubai World Cup. Held at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, this is one of the most significant in global Thoroughbred horseracing with a further five Thoroughbred Group races and a Group One for Purebred Arabians. They’re probably already booked up, but […]

Picasso Package at the Hyatt Regency Istanbul

Picasso Package at the Hyatt Regency Istanbul

Valid for one further week is the Picasso Package at the Hyatt Regency Istanbul, Turkey. The package includes accommodation for two, access to the health club, late check-out and entrance tickets to the Picasso Exhibition and Museum. Picasso in Istanbul is the first major exhibition devoted to a western artist to be held in Turkey, […]

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Hotel Missoni heads for Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai

Following a  license agreement between the hospitality management company Rezidor SAS Hospitality and the Italian fashion house Missoni, three new hotels – in Kuwait, Edinburgh and Dubai – will represent the first step towards an eventual goal of 30 Missoni hotels by 2010. Hotel Missoni Kuwait will be sited at the Symphony Complex, a new […]

New first class lounge from Qatar Airways

New first class lounge from Qatar Airways

Last week Qatar Airways revealed its new on-board first class lounge product. Showcased at the ITB Berlin travel convention, the airline’s new A340-600 fleet (delivery of which  will commence  later this year) will be equipped with  a dedicated first class lounge. Features include a stand-up bar with drinks rack and spotlight mood lighting, and cream […]