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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:

A Local’s Guide to Römerberg

11 Mar, 2019Römerberg: the pristine, historic main square of Frankfurt. Its half-timbered, fairytale buildings are filled with Disneyesque gaiety and ebullient charm, while its role in Frankfurt’s history has been pivotal. Exploring the square is taking a step back in time. Here’s how to enjoy the most intimate encounter with one of Europe’s most iconic squares.

The UNESCO Treasures of Abu Dhabi

10 Mar, 2019Lost amidst the glitz and glamor of Abu Dhabi’s glass and steel skyline are four stunningly-beautiful but little-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Uncovered, restored, and preserved over the past 50 years, these properties reveal the longest continuously inhabited areas in the region. Wandering through Bronze and Iron Age settlements set against dramatic landscapes brings Abu Dhabi’s rich and largely forgotten cultural heritage to life. From the Jebel Hafeet Tombs, hidden among towering bare-rock ridges, to the palm-studded canopies of the Al Ain Oasis, Abu Dhabi’s unique UNESCO sites offer a world of history that stands in striking contrast to the capital’s super-modern architecture.

Five Reasons Zabeel House by Jumeirah the Greens is the Ultimate Social Hub

03 Mar, 2019Meet Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, a 210-room urban nexus shaking up Dubai’s hotel scene with its Insta-worthy interiors, laid-back vibes, eccentric concepts, and line-up of cool local experts, dedicated to helping you dive into all that the quirky neighbourhood and Dubai has to offer from just AED 450.

12 Amazing Reasons to stay at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living

25 Feb, 2019Our Mayfair location puts you at the heart of one the capital's most exclusive neighborhoods. Michelin-starred restaurants rub shoulders with leading boutiques and cutting edge brands at the top of their game – all surrounded by the wonderful architecture and history of this village we call Mayfair.

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