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Al Wathba: The Desert That Inspired an Astronaut

01 Oct, 2019In September 2019, Major Al Mansouri became the first UAE man in space, this is the story of the desert and the skies that inspired him

A Day trip to Hangzhou

08 Sep, 2019Described by Marco Polo as "the finest and most splendid city in the world,” Hangzhou is all dreamy waterways and scenic shrines. The capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou is considered one of China’s most important cites, thanks to its historic buildings, silk production and rare Longjing tea. With few skyscrapers and plenty of ancient sites; Hangzhou is the tranquil ying to frenetic Shanghai’s yang. Only 45 minutes by train from Shanghai, Hangzhou makes for a fabulous day trip. From serene Buddhist temples to an awe-inspiring lake, here, we point you to Hangzhou’s must-see highlights.

A Day Trip to Palma - Mallorca

13 Aug, 2019Thanks to centuries of occupation from the Moors, Romans and Christians, Palma is a beguiling blend of history and culture. Yet the Mallorcan capital’s feet are firmly in the 21st century, seducing visitors with stylish galleries, bijoux boutiques and cosmopolitan restaurants and cafes. Spend a day surrendering to its charms, fully immersing yourself in Palma’s culture, food and resolutely Spanish soul.

Five Great Day Trips from Abu Dhabi

11 Aug, 2019The city of Abu Dhabi has all everything you could possibly dream of, from the white sands and natural mangroves of Saadiyat Island to the happening rooftops of the Emirates Towers. Yet, sometimes, amidst the glitz and the glamour, the outside world beckons, and with such a setting as the Gulf, it can be hard to ignore the many treasures just a day trip away from Abu Dhabi. Here are our favourite:

8 Great Outdoor Activities in Dubai

01 Jul, 2019As the summer heat subsides and Dubai once again returns to being a temperate paradise, it’s time to get back outdoors and make the most of the Emirate’s gorgeous shoulder season. Whether you’d prefer to battle rapids or leisurely explore the coast, here are our favourite outdoor activities in Dubai:

Seven Adventures on Your Next Trip to Shanghai

25 Jun, 2019Shanghai is a wonder of the modern world. Its skies are crowned by skyscrapers, its streets aglow with the bustle of night-markets, and the whole city alive with the stories of its 20 million inhabitants. But sometimes the fast-paced allure of the city can be a little tiring. Luckily, a short distance from Shanghai are enchanting water towns, ancient cities, serene lakes, and rippling forests of bamboo. Here are our favourite seven adventures to have outside Shanghai.

7 Great Things to Do in London this Summer

19 Jun, 2019Summer in London is a city of aquatint. Its streets are aglow with the cheerful chatter of exuberant locals, while its restaurants, exhibition spaces, stores, and pubs buzz with life. Such is the warmth in its air, the light blue of its skies that you’ll forget all about its rainy reputation. Here are our favourite seven things to do in wonderful London this summer.

A Neighbourhood Guide To Frankfurt

09 Jun, 2019Located in the heart of this surprisingly vibrant city, the Jumeirah Frankfurt is just a few minutes walk from the city’s main sights, including the ever popular Zeil shopping street. You may want to put your retail therapy on hold however and indulge in a spot of actual therapy at the Talise Spa. Or enjoy a glass of something light and refreshing at the Ember Bar and Lounge. If you want something more substantial, there’s a choice of two world-class restaurants: The Max On One Grillroom and El Rayaan, a Lebanese restaurant.

A Guide to Seef, Bahrain

21 May, 2019Seef is the commercial district of Manama, the vibrant metropolis of the golden archipelago that is Bahrain. The district is a rich melting pot of cultures (Bahrain’s population is comprised of 60% expats), which has made it one of the most dynamic and enticing cities to explore in the entire Gulf. What’s more: it’s one of the Middle East’s better kept secrets, so expect to have its glittering shorelines and glamourous souqs all to yourself. From a morning at the malls to sunset at the bay, here’s how to spend a day in Seef.

24 Hours in Marylebone, London

13 May, 2019At once hip and well-to-do, Marylebone has an almost suburban feel, despite it being slap bang in the middle of London. Maybe it’s the beautifully-restored terraced houses, or the pockets of green space that dot the area, but there’s an almost village feel the area.

A Guide to Nanjing’s Purple Mountain

30 Apr, 2019They call Nanjing the ‘City of Emperors’ – a place magic of ancient Chinese dynasties is still manifest. Outside Zhongshan Gate, rising from the heart of the old capital, Zijin Shan or the ‘Purple’ Mountain stands with a steep incline and tapers upwards to peaks draped in strange mists that gain a purple hue at dawn and dusk. Once a key landmark for the city’s defence, the forested slopes now hide temples, mausoleums and observatories. It is the final resting place of age-old emperors and the storied heroes of ten dynasties, as well as being an important ecological monument and hallowed destination for holy pilgrimages.

Above the Waves: Bahrain’s white-knuckle Watersports

29 Apr, 2019Bahrain is a rugged shard of land attached to Saudi Arabia by the sinew of the King Fahd Causeway. The protrusive hook of Khalifa Bin Salman port has drawn a huge influx of shipping from across the Northern Gulf. With its strong seafaring history, busy port and warm Gulf waters, it’s no wonder Bahraini society and tourism has become so ocean-centric. Yacht clubs, dive schools, powerboat operators and organisations like Sail Bahrain now draw in tourists, transforming this island into one of the world’s best venues for white-knuckle water sports.


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