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Top 10 facts about St George

Top 10 facts about St George

TODAY is St George’s Day, the feast day of England’s patron saint, so here are 10 things you might not have known about the saint. St George is thought to have been a third-century Roman solider, who was born in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina to a Greek Christian noble family around AD280. Today...
A guide to Al Khobar Corniche

A guide to Al Khobar Corniche

The Al Khobar corniche meanders along the Arabian Gulf, with expansive views across the glistening waters. Its wealth of family attractions, pristine parks and tranquil places of worship make this waterfront walkway an especially vibrant part of a bustling and diverse city. Landmarks The corniche district begins to the north of the King Fahd Causeway at the...
Exploring the arts in Muscat

Exploring the arts in Muscat

MuscArt is one of the Omani capital’s foremost art and photography spaces, focusing on exhibitions, education, supply and consultation. The venue’s gallery manager, Alexandra Hoepfner, shares her insights on the city’s burgeoning art scene. Artistic differences The MuscArt gallery was founded relatively recently in 2012, but it’s accomplished a huge amount in its young life....
Chocolate Rabbits and Crucifixion: Easter Uncovered

Chocolate Rabbits and Crucifixion: Easter Uncovered

For millions of Christians around the world, Easter is a deeply religious, and most important holiday, symbolising the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It has also become a highly commercial event, with shops everywhere packed with chocolate rabbits, colourful eggs and decorated Easter baskets. Further departing from...
April Fools’ 2015: Our Top Picks

April Fools’ 2015: Our Top Picks

You may have heard that we branched out into digital travel yesterday, with our E-scapes promotion – offering you a complete digital ‘holiday’ package that would make you the envy of all your friends – all from the comfort of your own home. It was, of course, an April Fools’ Day joke, and whilst even we...
Experience the souks of Oman

Experience the souks of Oman

Lose yourself in one of Oman’s historic souks. Spend the day people watching and haggling for tooled leatherwear and jewellery, while snacking on sticky rosewater-and-saffron-infused halwa. The souks of Oman include some of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world, filled with fascinating treasures and works of exceptional craftsmanship. Each souk has its own identity...
An action-packed day on Yas Island

An action-packed day on Yas Island

With all that Yas Island has to offer, it can be difficult to figure out how to fit everything in during a short trip. This tour packs in the Formula One arena, theme parks, shopping and dining so you don’t have to miss out on any part of Abu Dhabi’s fun-filled island paradise. Adventures at...
Valentine’s Day Romance Getaway

Valentine’s Day Romance Getaway

Valentine’s Day Romance Getaway It is hard to avoid the day devoted to all things love. Love it or hate it, and cynicism aside, Valentine’s Day is a day devoted to love and showing that special someone you care. You may be a reluctant romantic, but one sure fire way to impress your partner is...
The Budget Survival Guide to Valentine’s Day

The Budget Survival Guide to Valentine’s Day

 The Budget Survival Guide to Valentine’s day One of the most divisive celebrations will be soon upon us. For decades men have dreaded February 14th, whilst for the converted (and there are many!), Valentine’s Day is about romance and l’amour, or at least the momentary idea of it. It is about showing your partner that...
Welcome to Al Khobar: the commercial heart of Saudi Arabia

Welcome to Al Khobar: the commercial heart of Saudi Arabia

In the commercial heart of Saudi Arabia, Al Khobar’s location on the Kingdom’s eastern coast gives it a pleasant seaside atmosphere. Whether you prefer relaxing beachside, admiring award-winning architecture, shopping up a storm or driving down one of the world’s longest causeways, there’s plenty to keep you busy on a weekend in the city.  Head for the shore Day...
Six Reasons To Spend A Weekend On Yas Island

Six Reasons To Spend A Weekend On Yas Island

Yas Island may be small, but both the quality and quantity of its attractions help it to punch way above its weight. Fine dining, high-speed escapades, mischievous thrills and family fun can all be found on the island, creating a packed itinerary for your weekend away. 1. You can fall in love with the food...
What to do on Yas Island

What to do on Yas Island

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is a vacation paradise primarily known as the home of the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. While here, in addition to the activities in and around the racetrack, visitors should also take the opportunity to see both the local wildlife and some top international performers. The fastest cars in town...
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