2016's Top Travel Destination Is...

Sep 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

According to Mastercard’s annual Global Destinations Cities Index list, Bangkok will hold the title of the world’s number one tourist destination for 2016. The Thai city is projected to receive around 21.47 million international visitors by the end of the year. The index projects visitor volume and spend estimates for the calendar year to come up with their ranking of 132 most-visited cities. 

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Habtoor Grand Resort is The Scene for Dubai's Gitterati

Sep 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Among Dubai's many glittering hotels, the five-star Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa stands out as one of its best. The property is located on the legendary Jumeirah Beach, an area known for its restaurants, boutique shops and mile-long beach boardwalk with even more shops and eateries. 

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Dubai Brings the Rainforest to the Desert

Aug 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It seems that Dubai will stop at nothing to have the biggest, best, most over-the-top theme parks, hotels, restaurants, basically everything. When it comes to pulling out all the stops, the city knows how to top itself each year. Set to debut in 2018, one of its newest projects is a 75,000-square-foot, man-made rainforest at the $550-million Rosemont Hotel and Residences.

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Fairmont The Palm: Dubai's Crown Jewel

Aug 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Richard Crawford

Located on the Palm Jumeirah, a collection of islands constructed in the shape of a palm tree and set in the Arabian Gulf adjacent to the city center, is the Fairmont The Palm Dubai hotel. This five-star resort property is one of the jewels of Dubai.

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The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah: A U.A.E. Watering Hole for the Well-Heeled

Jul 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When you hear the name Waldorf Astoria, the image of a spectacular and grand hotel instantly comes to mind. A place of dapper gentlemen and regal ladies dashing about without a care in the world. One envisions men in tuxedos and tails and women in sequined dresses off to a gala as they did in 1900s when the Waldorf and the Astoria hotels opened in New York City.

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Paris Hilton to Open Hotels Apart From Family Moniker

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Following in her great grandfather’s footsteps, the heiress, reality TV star, designer and sometimes singer Paris Hilton will be launching a new brand of hotels under her name soon. The socialite will debut properties in Dubai, New York and Las Vegas.

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Opulent Indian Textures Enchant Dubaiís Culinary Palate

May 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Siddharth Dasgupta

A slew of increasingly sophisticated Indian restaurants have conquered the City of Gold’s gastronomic imagination. The presence of nearly 170 nationalities can only mean one thing: you’re never spoiled for choice when it comes to food. Dubai’s food cravings run the gamut: from cheap, street-side stalls where meat is skewered and whipped into perfect parcels of the Lebanese shawarma to diamond-encrusted, Michelin-starred affairs where getting a table might just involve bartering an organ or two.

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Abu Dhabi's Oasis Eco Resort: All the Sustainability & No Fun?

May 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sure, the new Oasis Eco Resort in Abu Dhabi looks cool, but what the heck are you supposed to do there for fun? The proposed development in the Liwa region of the United Arab Emirates is slated to open in 2020 and is being touted as “one of the greenest resorts in the world.” Designed by London-based Baharash Architecture, it will include sustainable features such as a zero-emission zone, wastewater recycling and a completely solar-paneled energy system.

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Vintage Beauty & a Vibrant New Romance in Dubai's Bastakiya Quarter

May 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Siddharth Dasgupta

Thanks to an ever-flowing coterie of chic art galleries and a cultural rebirth, Dubai's once sleepy little Bastakiya Quarter has been cementing its reputation as the flavor (and color) of every season.

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The Oberoi, Al Zorah Planned for Summer 2016 Opening in the Emirate of Ajman

Dec 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This week, Oberoi Hotel Group announced the opening of its new property in Dubai’s Al Zorah, a sustainable development complex. Al Zorah is nestled within 247 acres of protected forest and is surrounded by the Ajman coastline, blue lagoons, green mangroves and white sand beaches.

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Would You Watch a Match in the World's Very First Underwater Tennis Court?

Dec 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When it comes to bigger and better, Dubai doesn’t mess around. Especially where tennis concerned. With the world’s highest tennis court found 1,000 feet above ground on the Burj al Arab Hotel’s roof, the Persian Gulf may soon be getting the first underwater court. 

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Discover Oman's Under-the-Radar Musandam Peninsula at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Oct 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Although Dubai has become a major international travel hub in recent years—thanks to the exponential expansion of Emirates’ fleet and route network—most travelers seem just to spend a single night in the United Arab Emirates en route to somewhere else. However, just a 90-minute drive from Dubai’s glittering skyscrapers, extravagant malls and see-and-be-seen culture lies in one of the world’s most secluded, under-the-radar luxury destinations: Oman’s Musandam Peninsula.

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Dubai's Luxury Hotel Surge Continues With a New Bulgari Property in 2017

Aug 6, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Lately it seems as if every time we turn around we’re learning about a new hotel opening in Dubai. This time its Bulgari who is setting its sights on the Middle Eastern destination for 2017. The United Arab Emirates property will be the fashion brand’s fifth hotel. 

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Second Palazzo Versace Hotel to Open in Dubai Come March 2016

Jul 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’re a hotelier wanting to make a bold statement, you open a property in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates destination is just the place to plant your roots when your audience is the one percent. Especially because everything there is bigger, better and more luxurious—a veritable playground for the rich and famous.

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Jumeirah Sirius Asks, "How Loyal is a Brand to Its Guests?" With New Rewards Program

Jul 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Jumeirah is already a world-renowned brand known for its extravagant hotels and ultra-luxe experiences. This June, they made their hotels a little bit sweeter by the introduction of their newest rewards initiative. Jumeirah Sirius is a loyalty program designed to recognize repeat travelers and acknowledge them with exclusive perks.

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