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While many people head to the French Alps or Dolomites to train and soak in the sensational views, some of the best cycling in the world actually happens to be right on our doorstep. Here are eight of the best spots close to the UAE. Salalah (Oman) The city of Salalah is home to some of the most striking scenery and cycling in the region. It’s green and lush — banana trees and coconuts line...

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Bus schedule flapping, sweat dripping and panic rising. My first scenes in the Italian capital are not even close to the glamorous montage I had envisioned when planning “Rome Alone”. My first solo travel venture is, strictly speaking, a work trip, but I don’t let that small detail get in the way of my quest for soul-searching and general worldliness. I have visions of gliding down the Spanish Steps in a floaty dress and floppy hat,...

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Khor Fakkan has been my home since childhood: I grew up there and have so many memories of this charming city. Yet I remember in my first year at university in Abu Dhabi, when I told some new friends where I was from and some of them had never even heard of it. When I started describing it to them, they were so excited to visit. I feel that many people living in the UAE...

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The room was so cool and quiet and the bed so comfortable that I overslept, waking with only 10 minutes to throw on my yoga clothes, grab a handful of berries, a bottle of water and head down to the open-air studio by the beach. I didn’t even think about skipping the morning yoga class, despite having to rush there. Somehow, after a lifetime of trying, there was just no way I was going to miss...

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The year 2020 was a rollercoaster for many people, but no one more Dubai-based explorer Max Calderan. In February he became the first person to cross Saudi Arabia’s fabled Empty Quarter desert on foot. The next month, Calderan was joining the world in Covid-19 lockdown. After the freedom of the vast desert, the shift felt “like a prison sentence.”  Calderan had dreamed of undertaking the expedition since reading about the desert in an encyclopedia when...

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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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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...