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Abu Dhabi Welcomes Batman & Superman to the UAE in 2018

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2016

Ferrari World, the IMG World Of Adventure, LEGOLAND, an Emirati-themed water park, Yas Waterworld and now a Warner Bros. World—Abu Dhabi is clearly all about fun these days. Set to open in 2018 on Yas Island, the latest entertainment venue to...

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The Ruins of Byblos, An Ancient Playground for the Affluent

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2016

In 2010, the New York Times declared that Byblos (aka Jbeil), Lebanon was “witnessing a rebirth of sorts.” The publication went on to say, “If Beirut is the Paris of the Middle East, as the cliché goes, then Byblos, some 22...

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

BY : Siddharth Dasgupta | 2016

The rush of Bur Dubai neighborhood, replete with endless traffic, giddy neon signs, clustered apartment blocks, and heaving marketplaces, can sometimes feel about as soothing as getting massaged by a professional wrestler. Ironic then that this area...

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Jericho: The Ancient City of Biblical Proportions

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2016

As a child, Jericho (to me), was a fantasy land where walls miraculously fell down at the blowing of trumpets and the marching of men. It was a biblical city that somehow never felt like an actual location that could be visited. Fast forward to...

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Israel: The Biblical Country is a Place of Diverse Terrain, Deeply Religious Sects & Plenty of Mystery

BY : Cynthia Dial | 2015

Pre-dawn sounds awakened me; first the Muslim call to prayer, then church bells ringing on the hour, followed by a series of sirens and finally the cooing of pigeons. The diversity of this audio track perfectly painted the canvas of my locale:...

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

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2015

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,...

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Abu Dhabi's Shangri-La Hotel is Almost Like Staying In An Actual Sheikh’s Palace

BY : Katherine Bond | 2015

Although often overshadowed by its flashier and cosmopolitan neighbor Dubai, Abu Dhabi is very much an appealing destination. The capital of the United Arab Emirates, it is a majestic, modern island situated in the Persian Gulf. Its gleaming white...

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

BY : Eric Rosen | 2015

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...

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Exploring Petra: A First-Timer's Guide to Visiting One of the 7 Wonders of the World

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2015

Hidden away among pink-hued cliffs in the valley of Wadi Musa is the forgotten city of Petra. In its heyday, the enigmatic destination was home to 30,000 people and the center of a kingdom four times the size of Jordan. The once-nomadic tribe of...

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One&Only Brings First Hakkasan to Bahrain With New Hotel Opening in 2016

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2015

Scheduled to open in 2016, One&Only Resorts will be welcoming guests to their first hotel in Bahrain. Set on the northwest coast in Seef, the property will boast a beachfront location and 175 guestrooms, suites, villas and estates. Along with...

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

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2015

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...

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Second Palazzo Versace Hotel to Open in Dubai Come March 2016

BY : Nicolle Monico | 2015

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...

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