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Al Maha, an oasis in the Arabian Desert

Al Maha, an oasis in the Arabian Desert

Late summer in the desert is hot, very hot. So the luxury of my own private pool was something of a delight – it seemed rather surreal to be up to my shoulders in water yet overlooking the shimmering sands of the Arabian Desert. But this is what Al Maha is all about – a […]

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5 underrated destinations that deserve your attention

Filed in Destination World, Destinations by on August 22, 2018
5 underrated destinations that deserve your attention

When it comes to planning a holiday, it’s very easy to get caught up looking at the same old destinations. It’s hard to find inspiration on unique destinations to visit – but here are just five of the world’s most underrated options to consider for your next getaway. Texas, USA Despite being the second largest […]

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An introduction to Intramuros, Manila

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Philippines by on February 11, 2016
An introduction to Intramuros, Manila

Manila, capital city of the Philippines, is a dense mix of urban development and historic settlement. Delegates of AFT 2016 were offered the opportunity to experience part of the city on a pre-show tour. The tour took us into Intramuros, one of the best models of a medieval fort outside Europe. We were entertained by […]

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Dining in the Arabian Desert

Dining in the Arabian Desert

No visit to Dubai would be complete without spending some time in the Arabian Desert. We had the privilege of experiencing the desert with Platinum Heritage, a safari company committed to responsible tourism and operating with an ethos of conservation, environmental awareness and community upliftment.  This desert safari was unlike most others… no convoys of […]

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Where to stay… luxury ‘green’ hotels in Dubai

Where to stay… luxury ‘green’ hotels in Dubai

An obvious way of ensuring your holiday leaves a small footprint is to choose your accommodation carefully, with the environment in mind. Fortunately a number of establishments in Dubai have an in-house environmental management system or have chosen an environmental certification system such as Green Globe or ISO – options that require close monitoring, measurement […]

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Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Drinking coffee is integral to Arabic traditions of hospitality, and there is no better place to discover this than at the Coffee Museum in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District. The museum, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, is the brainchild of ‘coffee’nista’ (is there such a word?) Khalid Al Mulla, of coffee […]

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Dubai – SMCCU is a must do cultural experience

Dubai – SMCCU is a must do cultural experience

Dubai – A great way to start a visit to Dubai is a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) located in the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai.  An easy walk from the Al Fahidi Metro Station and down Al Mankhool Road – the variety of shops and businesses giving […]

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Shopping in Dubai

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai offers a number of shopping options, from glitzy shopping malls to the traditional souks, both offering merchandise from around the world to be carefully considered (or haggled over) and bought.   The Souks however are wonderfully colourful, a tad noisy and extremely fascinating.  We had great fun exploring the Textile Souk, which is on the […]

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Lunch at the quirky XVA Café in Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi district

Lunch at the quirky XVA Café in Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi district

Hidden within the narrow streets of the historic Al Fahidi district is the wonderfully quirky XVA Gallery Art Hotel & Café.  We just happened upon this gem while wandering the alleyways – little did we know that Condé Nast Traveler had featured XVA as the no.1 place “not to miss in Dubai”! Neither did we […]

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