Middle east

  • 1 Dubai: holiday like a star in the lap of luxury
    Dubai is currently one of the top destinations for celebrities looking for a luxury getaway this spring. Victoria and David Beckham, Coleen Rooney, Rita Ora and TOWIE's Joey Essex and...

  • 2 Dive in and discover Egypt
    Expect more than a place to build sandcastles - an Egyptian holiday could involve anything from camel trekking and haggling in the souks to embracing the glittering nightlife of the...

  • 3 Dubai has the X Factor: Join the VIP jetset and holiday like Nicole at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
    Nicole Scherzinger is one of the world's most glamorous women – so it's no surprise that when she filmed her X Factor judges' houses stint recently, she jetted out to...

  • 4 Pera Palace: Istanbul's hot-spot hotel
    It's East meets West in glamorous, exotic and stylish form. Turkey’s most famous hotel has just had a £20 million facelift – and it's got to be seen to be...

  • 5 The world's most iconic places to photograph
    Certain places are a must to capture through the lense: when in Rome, the obvious choice is the Colosseum and when in Paris, the Eiffel Tower.But far from these popular...

  • 6 Infinity pools to die for
    Whether the backdrop is a distant horizon or a sprawling metropolis, these pools all have one thing in common. Architecturally stunning, they are united in the fact that they blend...

  • 7 Exploring Egypt from the Nile
    The pyramids of Giza, the temple complex of Karnak, the two massive rock temples of Abu Simbel... there are few scenarios as awe-inspiring as those seen from aboard a boat...

  • 8 Masada, Herod's desert fortress
    In the middle of the first century AD, after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, a group of Jewish zealots found refuge from the Roman troops...

  • 9 Travel highlights for 2012
    London Olympics With three and a half million tickets sold and a build up that has been headline news for the last year or more, it would be hard to...

  • 10 It all began in Nazareth
    From Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the very first “Ave Maria" – “Hail Mary, full of grace” – to Bethlehem where the baby was born; Ein...

  • 11 The natural wonders of the world
    The idea of listing the wonders of the world is hardly a new thing. The historian Herodotus compiled his own list way back in the fifth century BC, and from...

  • 12 Oman: a country of contrasts
    A country of contrasts, the oil-rich Sultanate straddles between the sea and the desert, between ancient history and the ultra-modern. The Portuguese took and occupied Muscat – now the capital...

  • 13 Verdi's 'Aida' echoes around the Judean desert
    The majestic beauty and historical significance of the rocky outcrop of Masada combine to make this great symbol of Jewish heroism a unique place. The site itself, an Israeli National...

  • 14 Rest in peace, Tutankhamen
    The tomb of Tutankhamen (1361-1352 BC) in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, some 700 kilometres south of Cairo, famous as the only pharaonic tomb to be found intact...

  • 15 Five stars and low cost: a winning combination
    It used to be that five-star hotels were reserved for the rich and famous. But now just about anyone can afford to enjoy the fine service and facilities at some...

  • 16 Natural and man-made wonders in the Jordan desert
    Petra, the “rose-red city half as old as time”, a city carved into the rock by the Nabataeans, was established around the sixth century BC and has been a UNESCO...

  • 17 In the driving seat at Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
    If you're a Formula 1 fan, and never miss a race when Fernando Alonso's behind the wheel, what could be more fun than a theme park packed with attractions celebrating...

  • 18 VIP treatment at Doha Airport's new Premium Class terminal
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  • 19 The New Seven Wonders of the World in a spectacular set of images
    A global poll conducted three years ago set out to choose a new set of modern world wonders. The idea originated from Swiss filmmaker Bernard Weber, who launched the proposal...

  • 20 The world's first Armani Hotel opens
    Giorgio Armani can now add another accomplishment to his already glowing CV: the Armani Hotel in Dubai. He joins a select handful of designers who have worked with luxury hoteliers...



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