Category: United Arab Emirates

The view from the very, very top of the Burj Dubai

This amateur video footage is taken from the very top of the Burj Dubai‘s spire and gives an interesting perspective over the surrounding area. Even some skyscrapers look miniscule in comparison.

Multiple openings for aloft in October

Multiple openings for aloft in October

aloft is gaining momentum this month with plans to open one hotel each week in North America – double the pace of previous months. The surge in aloft openings is helping move Starwood Hotels & Resorts closer to its goal of opening its 1,000th hotel or resort worldwide. Offering high style at a steal, aloft […]

First Fairmont hotel to open in Abu Dhabi

First Fairmont hotel to open in Abu Dhabi

The first Fairmont hotel in Abu Dhabi is due to open at the beginning of next month, adding to the capital’s portfolio of luxury hotels.  The 369-room Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel, in the “between the bridges” area, will include the first Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill outside the UK, and a Frankie’s Italian […]

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island to open soon

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island to open soon

The iconic Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island will open its doors shortly. The 428-room contemporary hotel is located along the new Links Championship Golf Course and is within five minutes walking distance of the latest Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit. This latest addition to IHG’s Crowne Plaza estate is situated on one of the […]

New exclusive brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is launching a new exclusive brand for high-end travellers; Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand, will be the first property to open in spring 2009. The philosophy behind the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio is to create idyllic retreats where guests can escape into an exclusive leisure experience. It offers guests […]

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah

Rotana has announced the opening of its first property in Ras Al Khaimah – The Cove Rotana Resort  -overlooking the Indian Ocean on an idyllic water inlet at Arqoob Beach. This exquisite resort offers authentic Arabian hospitality, an elegant design and more than 600 metres of beach, tranquil azure waters and a multitude of activities. […]

Coldplay to play at Emirates Palace for one night only

Coldplay to play at Emirates Palace for one night only

Coldplay, the world’s biggest-selling musical act for 2008 has confirmed that they are heading to the UAE for the first time as part of their current world tour, and will play a spectacular gig at the impressive Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The one-off show from the award-winning foursome comes as the final stop on the […]

Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa linked by flights directly from Abu Dhabi

Anantara Desert Islands Resort and Spa linked by flights directly from Abu Dhabi

A  new air service took off in the UAE this month with twice-weekly flights linking Abu Dhabi with Sir Bani Yas Island; phase one of the Desert Islands project in the emirate’s Al Gharbia western region. The service, provided by private operator Empire Aviation, can also be chartered on demand as part of the accommodation […]

January Sale from ITC Classics

January Sale from ITC Classics

Still not yet decided where to go this year?   Maybe luxury travel specialists  ITC Classics will give you some inspiration.   Here’s a selection of ideas from their January Sale: Indian Ocean Diva, Maldives Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5, plus book more than 45 days in advance and receive an extra […]

Jaz Hotels & Resorts to expand in 2009

Jaz Hotels & Resorts to expand in 2009

Jaz Hotels & Resorts, a unique collection of highly regarded brands encompassing Jaz Resorts, Iberotel Hotels & Resorts, Sol Y Mar Resorts and the Travcotel Nile cruise fleet, is set for a major expansion in 2009 which will see more than 3000 rooms added to its portfolio of properties in and around the Red Sea. […]

The world's leading hotel suite?

The world’s leading hotel suite?

As a city home to some of the world’s most famous hospitality and landmark hotels, Dubai is known as one of the world’s premier travel destinations; a reputation which has recently been validated after the city was named the World’s Leading Travel Destination and The Monarch Dubai‘s Monarch Suite, named the World’s Leading Suite at […]

Firework display at the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah in Dubai

Last week I mentioned the extravagant firework display at the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah  – the biggest of its kind in the world… ever!   In case you didn’t get an invite to the ‘bash’, now you can see  the  event  in its full glory.   And, if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, there’s […]

$1 million holiday with Emirates Palace

$1 million holiday with Emirates Palace

The Telegraph details a $1 million  ‘special offer’ that’s currently being advertised by Emirates Palace.   For this price you get a week  in the luxurious Palace Suite at the hotel, along with first class flights from anywhere in the world.   You’ll also get a butler service, access to a chauffeur-driver Maybach and a […]

Atlantis Palm Jumeirah officially opens - the most lavish opening ceremony ever?

Atlantis Palm Jumeirah officially opens – the most lavish opening ceremony ever?

If you were in Dubai last night, you would be hard pressed to believe there was a global financial currently taking place. Kylie Minogue –  along with the world’s most rich and famous – performed at a £20m party that marked  the opening of the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah. Among the guests were 2,000 celebrities and […]

Dubai or Abu Dhabi... which gets your vote?

Dubai or Abu Dhabi… which gets your vote?

Destinations in the Middle East and more specifically, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have become the playground for the rich, famous and luxury seekers. Whether it be the High Street fashion and indoor skiing at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai or sunbathing at prestige beaches in Abu Dhabi, each city has its own appeal.   […]

Lavish party for the opening of the Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah

Lavish party for the opening of the Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah

In what is probably the most expensive party to ever be staged, with an estimated cost of $35 million, Kylie Minogue will next week  be performing a one hour routine  to 2,000 guests for the not-so-modest fee of $4.4 million (that’s around $73,000 a minute for those of you that like it broken down). The […]