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hereAn 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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hereDining in the Arabian Desert

Dining in the Arabian Desert

No visit to and operating with an ethos of conservation, environmental awareness and community upliftment.  This desert safari was unlike most others… no convoys of vehicles, no dune bashing and no belly dancing. What you get with Platinum Heritage is authentic, staying true to Emirati culture – even down to the mode of transportation!  After […]

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hereWhere 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 and improvement.   A major player in the hospitality sector in Dubai, the Jumeirah Group, has made a significant commitment to sustainability with a number of their […]

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hereArabic 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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hereDubai – SMCCU is a must do cultural experience

Dubai – SMCCU is a must do cultural experience

A great way to start a visit to Dubai is at 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 into everyday […]

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hereShopping 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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hereLunch 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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hereDubai – 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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hereExplore Bustling Bangkok

Filed in Asia, Destination World, Thailand by on July 19, 2013
Explore Bustling Bangkok

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is home to more than eleven million people – a city packed to capacity with both people and cars, one that can easily be dismissed by the ‘eco’ traveller as a no-go. Yet look beneath the traffic, exhaust fumes and high rise buildings and you will find a city that […]

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