Middle East

Dining in the Arabian desert

Dining in the Arabian desert

No visit to Dubai would be complete without spending some time in the 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 vehicles, […]

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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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SMCCU – a must do cultural experience in Dubai

SMCCU – a must do cultural experience in 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 a glimpse […]

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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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Dubai – ancient and modern

Dubai – ancient and modern

I use the term ancient rather loosely, as Dubai was only founded around the 1800s – it was once however a region inhabited by Bedouins who made a living fishing, searching for pearls and herding sheep and goats. Where ancient dhows transported livestock and merchandise across the creek, where camels were used as transport and […]

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An oasis in the Arabian Desert

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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