United Arab Emirates

hereAl 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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hereDining in the Arabian Desert

Dining in the Arabian Desert

No visit to

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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

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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

Dubai – A great way to start a visit to

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hereShopping in Dubai

Shopping in Dubai

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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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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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