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Wanderlust
A Concierge's Guide to Exclusive Dubai

11 Apr, 2019Any wander through Dubai quickly becomes a stroll through an exclusive fashion show, everywhere you look, you’ll find iconic brands. However, there’s much more to Dubai than big, international brands. For those in the know, Dubai is home to exquisite, exclusive boutiques, ranging from sleek concept fashion outlets to award-winning culinary schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

7 Unmissable Treasures in the Old City of Shanghai

21 Feb, 2019With recent refurbishments injecting vibrant life back into the Old City of Shanghai, the district has become aglow with colorful Ming and Qing buildings, serene, lily-filled lakes, exciting night markets, and a world-famous selection of delectable street food stalls. From the ancient to the modern, here are seven unmissable treasures in the Old City of Shanghai.

Peter Bergh on Falconry in UAE

20 Feb, 2019Falconry is a time-honoured tradition in the Middle-East going back millennia. It is a spiritual sport that forges a deep connection between man and bird, starting when the bird is still a fledgling—and it is stunning to observe as a swooping falcon races, wings unfurled, to a confident handler’s outstretched hands.

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