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7 Days out in London this Spring

03 Apr, 2019From the full bloom of the Chelsea Flower Show to the world’s most famous boat race, here’s why you must visit London this Spring. There’s nothing quite like the gradually warming months of April, May and June, when the parks and gardens of London burst into life and the sun begins to shine on a variety of unique cultural experiences. Here are seven of our favourite events this Spring that you won’t want to miss.

The world’s most incredible hotel swimming pools

01 Apr, 2019Dive into the azure waters of The Terrace, cool off in one of the largest temperature controlled pools in Dubai or relax in the therapeutic floatation pool at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, (said to be as good as eight hours’ sleep.) Whatever your preference, here’s a round-up of the most amazing swimming pools Jumeirah has to offer.

7 Reasons you’ll Fall in Love with Kuwait

01 Apr, 2019Kuwait is one of the most underrated destinations in the Middle East. From gorgeous white-sand beaches perfect for watersports to exciting modern souks and enchanting archaeological sites, it's a country bursting with incredible activities. Here are our seven favourite reasons to fall in love with Kuwait.

Dubai Must Do: Set Sail On An Abra Afternoon Tea With Jumeirah Al Qasr

31 Mar, 2019A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without a ride on a traditional abra boat or lavish afternoon tea. Luckily, Jumeirah Al Qasr has found a magical way to combine both experiences with the newly-launched Abra Afternoon Tea.

Living London like a Local

30 Mar, 2019When Samuel Johnson said “there is in London all that life can afford” he wasn’t joking. From the capital city’s maze of side-streets to its never-ending list of boroughs, each with their own vibrant character, there is a lot to see in London, and also a lot to miss. Sometimes, even knowing where to begin can be an utter conundrum. But with a huge haystack comes a vast array of needles. Staying at our Grosvenor House Suites gives guests a feeling of independence, so here’s our local’s guide to London, what to look for and where to find it, and ultimately how to feel like a Londoner.

An Insider Peek at Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel's Rare Art Collection

27 Mar, 2019Hotel decoration is truly an art, combining a mastery of aesthetic principles with an immense appreciation for local culture. The breadth of materials used and the unity of an overarching theme are what make a hotel design brilliant. Nowhere is this truer than Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, where exquisite traditional calligraphy, alongside modern abstract pieces, provides a mesmerizing window into Chinese culture. We caught up with Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel’s resident art expert to introduce the highlights:

The Renaissance of the Arabian Oryx

26 Mar, 2019With elegant half-metre long horns, distinctive dark face markings, and a sleek sandy coat, the Arabian Oryx is the embodiment of the Arabian desert. Silent and graceful, they float like pastoral ghosts over the Gulf’s sun-stained sands. Seeing one is a near indescribable privilege: with nothing between you but the soft whisper of shifting sand-grains, an encounter is perhaps even more poignant than any you might experience on safari in the parks of Kenya or South Africa. From its place on the logos of many UAE companies to its portrait on the UAE Dirham, the Arabian Oryx is a symbol of Emirate heritage.

A Guide to Dubai's Comptoir 102 boutique

25 Mar, 2019A concept store with a difference in the heart of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Road. Wander down Jumeirah Street (calloquially known as Beach Road) past the bougainvillea-strewn villas and the low-slung shopping malls and you will come across something rather different. Located at number 102, in a pretty, one-storey converted villa, is Comptoir 102, part furniture store, part clothes store, part beauty store, part café. It’s relaxed, it’s chic, it’s original, and it’s become something of a sensation since it opened its doors in 2012.

A Foodie’s Guide to Gourmet London

24 Mar, 2019London has come a long way from fish and chips and bland curries. Today, the restaurant scene is buzzing with 70 Michelin-starred restaurants and a hip, conceptual food start-up scene, London is home to all manner of mouth-watering morsels. Whether you’re in the mood to pair an artisanal macchiato with a freshly-baked scone, or accompany a half-dozen native oysters with a crisp Muscadet, you’ll find the perfect spot in London. From markets to delis to long-established independent stores, here is our foodie’s guide to gourmet London:

In Search of The Humpback Dolphin in Abu Dhabi

24 Mar, 2019Think of the Abu Dhabi coast and your mind will probably conjure high-rise skylines, glamourous ports, and opulent maritime developments. But what about dolphins? Hidden offshore is one of the Indian Ocean’s most playful and peculiar creatures: the humpback dolphin. Usually elusive and small in number, a recent study conducted by the Environment Agency revealed that humpback dolphins flock to Abu Dhabi’s sandy coasts in search of warm waters. In fact, the study shows that Abu Dhabi is home to over 700 humpback dolphins, the largest known population in the world.

Guide to Exploring Dubai’s Jumeirah District

19 Mar, 2019Soak up the winter sun, enjoy wonderful views of the Burj Al Arab or if you are in the mood for something more action packed, head south and cool down at Wild Wadi Waterpark one of the Middle East’s largest. Here's our guide to Dubai's best neighbourhoods.

Inside Nanjing’s Traditional Teahouses

17 Mar, 2019Tea has been a central part of China’s heritage for over 4,000 years. First attested to the legendary pioneer of Chinese agriculture, Shennong, tea preparation in China is an artistic ritual requiring the utmost etiquette, attention to detail, finesse, and hospitality. Nanjing is one of China’s tea capitals, with specialist tea markets brimming with hundreds of aromatic varieties, a signature tea leaf so difficult to prepare that only a handful of masters can produce it by hand, and a culture of tea-serving that is as intoxicating to observe as the tea is delicious to drink. Carefully brewed, meticulously prepared, and expertly served, here is why Nanjing’s traditional teahouses will leave you humming in delight for weeks to come:

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