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If you believe everything you see on social media, it might look like everyone in the UAE is on holiday abroad. Whether it’s Greece, Mauritius, or the Maldives, everyone seems to be escaping the desert and making sure we know about it. But is this a true reflection of how we feel about travel, post-pandemic? Are we all footloose and fancy free and ready to jump back on a plane and explore? “I’ve not left...

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I’ve lived in the UAE for more than seven years. I’ve specialized in writing about its hotels and attractions for the same length of time and just this last month, I discovered one of the region’s best kept secrets: organized desert camping.  As a UAE resident, I always thought the whole ‘dune bashing, camel riding, into-the-desert driving’ thing was for tourists. But I was so wrong. Sleeping under the stars in a luxurious (but still...

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It has been a rollercoaster year for Dubai-based explorer Max Calderan. In February, he became the first person to cross Saudi Arabia’s fabled ‘Empty Quarter’ on foot. In March, Calderan was joining the world in Covid-19 lockdown. After the freedom of the vast desert, he admits lockdown felt “like a prison sentence.”  His Empty Quarter expedition was a rare journey of genuine exploration in today’s eminently more accessible, globalized world. Over 16 days, the Italian trekked...

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Traveling during Covid is complex, admin-heavy, and requires plenty of research before you go. Yet for health conscious voyagers up for a bit of a challenge, the rewards can be immense.  At only a four-hour flight away, with tropical weather and gorgeous beaches, the Maldives has plenty to offer travelers. plus there are plenty of incredible hotel deals on at the moment.  So I booked myself a trip. It was both far more complex and...

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Anyone intending to travel to the UAE by air must present a negative Covid-19 test result before boarding their flight, and they should also expect to be tested again on arriving in the country too. The new regulations come into force on August 1 and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said they apply to all Emirati citizens, residents, tourists and transit passengers arriving at any airport in the UAE “irrespective of the...