Category: Middle East

Diamond Seat from Etihad Airways

Diamond Seat from Etihad Airways

The new purpose-built Airbus 340-500 for Etihad Airways  – part of an $8 billion order for the national airline of the UAE – has arrived, along with its ‘Diamond Seat’. The seat can rotate 180 degrees, ideal for business travellers who want to have meetings as they fly, or for leisure travellers who simply wish […]

Five-star resort on Saadiyat Island, UAE

Five-star resort on Saadiyat Island, UAE

The premium chain Abu Dhabi National Hotels has announced that it will invest approximately US $190 million in a five-star resort on Saadiyat Island, an island 500 metres offshore from Abu Dhabi. The resort will boast a 400,000 square foot hotel with around 400 rooms  on an 807,000 square foot plot, and be built on […]

Jcast from Jumeirah

Jcast from Jumeirah

JCast is a new video podcast from the Dubai luxury hotel group Jumeirah, bringing you the latest news and property videos to your iPod. Show your friends where you stayed and keep informed about what’s going on in the Jumeirah world. You can download Jumeirah promotional videos to your iPod Video, or watch them on […]

Dubai Summer Surprises 2006

Dubai Summer Surprises 2006

Dubai Summer Surprises 2006 is just two days away! Now in its 9th year, the event begins on 21st June and runs until 1st September 2006. This year it promises  to be the most exciting yet, with more shopping malls offering you a wider selection of world class brands at excellent value and ten weeks […]

SuperStar Libra

SuperStar Libra

Star Cruises’ SuperStar Libra – the latest addition to the Star Cruises Asia fleet – is due to arrive in Valletta, Malta today, completing the final leg of her relocation cruise ready for her inaugural season in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The new 42,000-gross tonne world class exclusive floating resort will offer an interesting diversity of […]

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Charity eBay auction by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning a global eBay charity auction to benefit Care for Children on 7th June 2006. Shangri-La hotels have created 14 exclusive luxury travel experiences with a combined retail value of over US$100,000 for the 10-day online auction, which will end on 17th June. The auction packages will feature metropolitan destinations […]

Is Doha the next Dubai?

Is Doha the next Dubai?

According to the Qatar Tourism Authority, there’s currently over 100 buildings and towers under construction in Doha, a city with a currently modest skyline of just 20 or so high-rise properties. One notable development is the $2.5 billion  Pearl-Qatar, a residential land reclamation scheme consisting of a string of offshore islands  on the edge of […]

Naomi Campbell's birthday bash at Burj Al Arab

Naomi Campbell’s birthday bash at Burj Al Arab

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is currently celebrating her 36th birthday at the 7-star  Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Incredibly she has hired all 18 floors of the hotel for 3 days at an estimated cost of $1.8m. Among the guests will be boyfriend Badr Jafar, David and Victoria Beckham, and supermodels Linda Evangelista and Eva Herzigova.

MENA Travel Awards 2006

MENA Travel Awards 2006

The MENA Travel Awards held earlier this month celebrate the best of the luxury travel industry in the Middle East and North Africa (hence the MENA bit). There were many nominees and awards so below I’ve given a short summation by listing only the platinum winners; the United Arab Emirates dominates the honours: Platinum winners […]

A Festival of Taste in Dubai

A Festival of Taste in Dubai

Today sees the start of Jumeirah’s A Festival of Taste, providing five days  of gastronomic delights in some of Dubai’s most elegant restaurants. During the Festival, preferential rates are available throughout our hotels in Dubai. Choose from Al Muntaha, Vu’s, Pisces, Zheng He’s, The Wharf, Arobretum, Napa and more.

The Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Pearl  – a joint venture project between Tourism Development & Investment Company (a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority) and the Atlas Group (a UAE telecommunications company)  – will be Abu Dhabi’s  latest  five-star landmark. This ambitious  hotel resort will be on the capital’s Khalidiya coast, just opposite the prestigious seven-star Emirates […]

Art & Tech rooms at Le Meridien Dubai

Art & Tech rooms at Le Meridien Dubai

Le Meridien Dubai has unveiled an exclusive new room category: Art & Tech. There are 50 such rooms at the hotel, aimed at business travellers. They have  cutting edge décor and feature a range of specifically tailored facilities such as a 34″ LCD television with laptop connectivity, and a dedicated work area, which includes a […]

Qasr Al Sharq finally opens

Originally billed to open in March, Hilton International’s first palace hotel finally opened today. Promising “unmatched levels of luxury, exclusivity and Arabian hospitality”, the hotel, the Qasr Al Sharq is being billed as the ‘Palace of the Orient’. The palace is a 9-storey building facing the Red Sea; it has 2 Palace suites, 8 Royal […]

Kempinski open hotel on shores of Dead Sea

Kempinski open hotel on shores of Dead Sea

The new Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea (named after a Babylonian goddess) sits on the shores of a sea in which no-one will ever swim or splash. For millennia, the high salt and mineral content of the Dead Sea has attracted travellers in search of cures and beauty – of which a potent ingredient is […]

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 […]