MIDDLE EAST


A review of a luxury holiday in MIDDLE EAST. An insider’s guide to the best luxury hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Discover where to go, what to see and what to eat in MIDDLE EAST, with Carmen Edelson.

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Awe-Inspiring Sights and Middle Eastern Nights: Chasing the Sun on a Dubai Yacht Charter

Awe-Inspiring Sights and Middle Eastern Nights: Chasing the Sun on a Dubai Yacht Charter

BOATING, DUBAI, MIDDLE EAST
As the Mediterranean cools down, winter sun-seekers travel further afield. Dubai, the jewel of the UAE, ranks highly on our list of must-visit Middle East holiday destinations. In a land of superlatives, this is a playground for high society, a…
As the Mediterranean cools down, winter sun-seekers travel further afield. Dubai, the jewel of the UAE, ranks highly on our list of must-visit Middle East holiday destinations. In a land of superlatives, this is…
Burj Khalifa – The World’s Tallest Building

Burj Khalifa – The World’s Tallest Building

DUBAI, LUXURY HOTELS, LUXURY TOURS, MIDDLE EAST, TRAVEL
No matter where you are in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa rises imperiously out of the sands of Dubai.   The Burj Khalifa stands at a stunning 2,722 feet (828 meters). It’s three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and…
No matter where you are in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa rises imperiously out of the sands of Dubai.   The Burj Khalifa stands at a stunning 2,722 feet (828 meters). It’s three times as…
The Scots Hotel Tiberias & The Sea of Galilee – A Tale of Two Traditions

The Scots Hotel Tiberias & The Sea of Galilee – A Tale of Two Traditions

ISRAEL, Luxury Airlines & Cruises Tours, Luxury Hotels, LUXURY HOTELS, MIDDLE EAST
One of the amazing things about traveling around Israel is the mixing of so many different cultures and traditions.  Imagine my astonishment when our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee turned out to be like a visit to…
One of the amazing things about traveling around Israel is the mixing of so many different cultures and traditions.  Imagine my astonishment when our hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee turned…
Top Things to Do and See in Dubai

Top Things to Do and See in Dubai

DUBAI, MIDDLE EAST
The biggest and most developed of the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai has a well-deserved reputation as an oasis for cosmopolitan luxury travelers with money to burn. But the city’s most distinctive feature is its pursuit of all things over-the-top, from…
The biggest and most developed of the seven United Arab Emirates, Dubai has a well-deserved reputation as an oasis for cosmopolitan luxury travelers with money to burn. But the city’s most distinctive feature is its…
How to Travel Like a Local in Dubai

How to Travel Like a Local in Dubai

DUBAI, MIDDLE EAST
From the wealthiest to the backpackers, Dubai is on the list of every traveler. The city has a reputation for being the playground of the rich and famous but it welcomes even the budget traveler with the open arms. We…
From the wealthiest to the backpackers, Dubai is on the list of every traveler. The city has a reputation for being the playground of the rich and famous but it welcomes even the budget…
Romantic Places to visit in Dubai for your Honeymoon

Romantic Places to visit in Dubai for your Honeymoon

DUBAI, Luxury Airlines & Cruises Tours, Luxury Hotels, MIDDLE EAST
While it’s easy to choose the most obvious honeymoon spots, there are a few places that are chosen by the ones with a distinctive taste. Dubai is one destination that needs a special taste to be chosen. You have to…
While it’s easy to choose the most obvious honeymoon spots, there are a few places that are chosen by the ones with a distinctive taste. Dubai is one destination that needs a special taste…
Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai (You Just Can’t Miss)

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai (You Just Can’t Miss)

DUBAI, Luxury Travel Destinations, MIDDLE EAST, SITES TO SEE
Entertainment is a word almost synonymous to Dubai tourism now. Loved as a vacation hot-spot, Dubai ideally fits the bill for families, couples and friends on vacation. This city of skyscrapers and world record architectures is a benchmark for the…
Entertainment is a word almost synonymous to Dubai tourism now. Loved as a vacation hot-spot, Dubai ideally fits the bill for families, couples and friends on vacation. This city of skyscrapers and world record…
5 Most Amazing and Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World

5 Most Amazing and Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World

EUROPE, ISRAEL, Luxury Airlines & Cruises Tours, Luxury Hotels, LUXURY RESORTS, HOTELS & LUXURY SPAS, LUXURY SKIING RESORTS, Luxury Travel Asia, Luxury Travel Destinations, MIDDLE EAST, UNITED STATES
Hey there! Winter is not over yet, and if you’re looking to savor these last few weeks, don’t fret! You still have a chance to plan a ski trip somewhere with tons of snow and mountains. However, if you are…
Hey there! Winter is not over yet, and if you’re looking to savor these last few weeks, don’t fret! You still have a chance to plan a ski trip somewhere with tons of snow…
Most Luxurious Hotels in the World

Most Luxurious Hotels in the World

EUROPE, FRANCE, Luxury Airlines & Cruises Tours, Luxury Hotels, LUXURY HOTELS, Luxury Travel Asia, Luxury Travel Destinations, MIDDLE EAST, TURKEY
From lodging purposes for sleep, to being a getaway spot for the weekend, hotels have transformed into luxury retreats replete with stunning facilities which are simply amazing to say the least. Luxury has no boundaries and no definitions. From gold…
From lodging purposes for sleep, to being a getaway spot for the weekend, hotels have transformed into luxury retreats replete with stunning facilities which are simply amazing to say the least. Luxury has no…
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in  Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

ISRAEL, LUXURY TOURS, MIDDLE EAST, SITES TO SEE
One of the highlights of my trip through Israel and the Stations of the Cross was my visit to The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is said to be built on the site where Jesus was crucified and has been the…
One of the highlights of my trip through Israel and the Stations of the Cross was my visit to The Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It is said to be built on the site where Jesus…
Masada: Ancient Fortress

Masada: Ancient Fortress

ISRAEL, LUXURY TOURS, Luxury Travel Destinations, MIDDLE EAST, SITES TO SEE
Masada(Hebrew for fortress) is a place of grim and majestic beauty that has become one of the Jewish people’s greatest symbols as the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood. Next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular…
Masada(Hebrew for fortress) is a place of grim and majestic beauty that has become one of the Jewish people’s greatest symbols as the place where the last Jewish stronghold against Roman invasion stood. Next to…
The Birth Place, Church of Nativity

The Birth Place, Church of Nativity

ISRAEL, LUXURY TOURS, Luxury Travel Destinations, MIDDLE EAST, SITES TO SEE
To me, the word Bethlehem conjures up vivid images.  Having been brought up Catholic, I heard the story about the birth in the manger from a very young age. Every Christmas, we set up the scene of that famous manger scene with…
To me, the word Bethlehem conjures up vivid images.  Having been brought up Catholic, I heard the story about the birth in the manger from a very young age. Every Christmas, we set up the scene…
The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

ISRAEL, LUXURY TOURS, MIDDLE EAST, SITES TO SEE
Via Dolorosa is a “street” in Old Jerusalem which is held to be the path that Jesus walked while carrying the cross.  The street is actually a passageway in a crowded Arab market which sells products both for locals (foodstuffs,…
Via Dolorosa is a “street” in Old Jerusalem which is held to be the path that Jesus walked while carrying the cross.  The street is actually a passageway in a crowded Arab market which…
Mosaics Church of the Annunciation

Mosaics Church of the Annunciation

ISRAEL, LUXURY TOURS, MIDDLE EAST, SITES TO SEE
Hanging along the walls in the front courtyard and inside the upper church are national mosaics of Mary that were donated to “The Church of the Annunciation” from almost every country around the world.   There are 43 national mosaics…
Hanging along the walls in the front courtyard and inside the upper church are national mosaics of Mary that were donated to “The Church of the Annunciation” from almost every country around the world.…
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