Category: Middle East

Madain Saleh has Nabatean tombs
Middle East

7 Cool Places To Visit in Saudi Arabia That You Didn’t Know About

As you may have heard, the Saudi Monarchy has decided to promote tourism to its kingdom so a way to diversify its income stream from just oil production. Many people, including me, have thought of Saudi Arabia as a vast barren desert. There are, however, many things to do in Saudi Arabia that range from

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5 reasons to take a family holiday to Dubai for winter sun
UAE

Five Reasons You Should Take A Family Holiday to Dubai

Living in England, somewhere over the winter period I feel the need to get away for some much-needed sunshine and warmth. We’ve been to several winter sun destinations over the past few years including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Tenerife and Egypt . My main requirement for a winter sun holiday is that it is hassle-free and have guaranteed

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Family hotel Atlantis in Dubai
Asia

10 Family Getaways Recommended by Kids (Outside of North America)

Are you looking for a more adventurous family trip with your children? In this first part of this series, we looked at family-friendly hotels in North America that were chosen by the children of 15 family travel bloggers. In this part, we look at 10 family getaways recommended by kids outside of North America.  These

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Dubai All that glitters is gold
UAE

All That Glitters Is Gold Inside the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai

We got into the taxi and my husband realised he had forgotten the name of the restaurant where we were dining. For someone who is super-organised at work, he is remarkably forgetful as soon as he leaves the office.  It was up to me to explain where we needed to go while he was trying

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shangri la muscat oman
Oman

Luxury Family Fun at the Shangri La Muscat in Oman

The half-hour drive from the airport to Shangri La Hotel on the outskirts of Muscat takes you through a dusty sandy-coloured landscape of mountains and valleys.  Although the Middle East that I pictured had sand, this land looked completely different with its winding mountain paths through sand.  After a tunnel takes you through the last

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The Chedi Hotel Muscat
Oman

Luxe Minimalism at the Chedi Muscat Hotel

We waffled back and forth on booking the Chedi Muscat Hotel.  It was a choice between The Shangri La Hotel in Muscat and the Chedi Muscat Hotel.  I know, I know – #firstworldproblems.  We booked The Chedi, then changed over to the Shangri La because everyone said it was better for families. After 3 days

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Sara Plaza Jalabiya Dress
Oman

The Elaborate World of Arabic Jalabiya Dresses

Walking into the Piano Bar at the Shangri La Muscat, I was a little bemused when a man walked over to the lady at the piano and started snapping his fingers at her.  She was playing a rocking rendition of Purple Rain, and it took her a minute to turn her face to him.  She was

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Muttrah Souq in Muscat
Oman

A Visual Feast at Muttrah Souq in Muscat

Looking around Muttrah Souq in Muscat, my eyes were drawn to the sparkle of colourful sequinned clothes, the dull sheen of old silver daggers and the brash brightness of tourist tat.  The smell of spices and incense wafted through the air and the low murmur of Arabic voices enticed me deeper into an Aladdin’s cave

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