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Hot air ballooning in Dubai

Fly high with falcons on a hot air balloon ride in Dubai. Balloon Adventures Dubai has teamed up with the best falcon trainers to create a unique experience for thrill-seekers ...
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Desert dreaming in Abu Dhabi

It is the variety of landscapes that makes Abu Dhabi such a magnificent place to photograph. The richness of its history gives it an even broader appeal – evidence suggests ...
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Petra-fied in Jordan

Did you pay attention in Ancient History lessons at school? Regrettably, as a shortsighted teenager obsessed with the present, I found the subject boring and irrelevant. At a riper age, ...
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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is becoming known for its architectural and cultural marvels – with the Louvre and the Guggenheim both opening in 2017. There is one building that takes your breath ...
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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Jordan

From the hotel’s shore-side location next to the Dead Sea in Jordan, history can be felt all around in this enchanting setting. Here, at the lowest point on earth 400 ...
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Go to hell in Turkmenistan

International travellers seeking to teeter on the edge of danger, need look no further than the Darvaza crater. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Door to Hell’, this giant, eternally burning pit of ...
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Doha, where falcons fly

Once home to pirates and pearl divers, petrodollars have seen Doha bloom in the desert. Gleaming skyscrapers, each trying to outdo each other in architectural flair, rise along the waterfront ...
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Qatar’s Museum Quarter

Qatar is spoilt for choice with museums, cultural institutions and heritage sites, all under the umbrella of Qatar Museums and all committed to nurturing artistic talent. The Museum of Islamic ...
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Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman

Alila’s first property in Oman, the Alila Jabal Akhdar, is designed to fit perfectly into the rugged landscape in which it sits. Jabal Akhdar is Arabic for ‘the green mountain’, which ...
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