Category: Middle East

Baby strollers provided by Emirates at Dubai International Airport

Baby strollers provided by Emirates at Dubai International Airport

As a parent of two young boys, I suddenly find myself paying more attention with family-related travel matters, and so Emirates‘ recent annoucement caught my eye. The airline has launched a new complimentary service for passengers travelling with infants.   High quality Pierre Cardin baby strollers will now be available to parents on arrival, located […]

Gallery Residence, Istanbul, Turkey

Gallery Residence, Istanbul, Turkey

A former textile store has been converted to a luxury boutique hotel in Nisantasi, Istanbul’s hippest district. The all-suites Gallery Residence is a unique alternative to hotels, apart-hotels and serviced apartments. Owned, created and run by the architect Yalcin Saglikova, the hotel’s name and concept are inspired by the world of art. The hotel’s  twenty-one […]

Guggenheim art museum heading for Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim art museum heading for Abu Dhabi

The  Guggenheim has this weekend announced plans for a huge Frank Gehry-designed art museum to be located  on a manmade spit on the currently unihabited Saadiyat Island next to Abu Dhabi, UAE. With branches in Las Vegas, Berlin, Venice, Italy and Bilbao, and of course its flagship museum in New York, this will be the […]

Harrods heading for Dubai?

Harrods heading for Dubai?

According to Al Fayed, Dubai could soon be welcoming a Harrods 102 convenience store. These are a new addition to the well-known Harrods brand, getting their name from the first outlet which opened at 102 Brompton Road in London. The shops sell signature Harrods products, including a range of delicatessen goods. Paris, Berlin and New […]

Special summer rates at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

Special summer rates at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

The award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai is offering  some great  rates from now until 1st September 2006. Stay in a one bedroom suite for their special summer rate and  enjoy  a second night for free! The 200 metre tall, 43 storey hotel is situated on Sheikh Zayed Road close to Dubai’s business centres and tourist attractions. […]

W Hotels sets sights for Doha, Qatar

W Hotels sets sights for Doha, Qatar

W Hotels is heading for the Middle East once more. In addition to the already planned W Dubai Festival City, details have emerged of plans for a second hotel in Doha, Qatar. W Doha will feature 292 guest rooms, including 31 suites and 154 W Residences, multiple signature restaurants, a poolside outdoor shisha lounge, champagne […]

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.