Category: Middle East

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 […]

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 […]