Marrakesh—A Dichotomous and Delicious Feast for the Senses

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Marrakesh. Marrakesh is a city of split personalities—part “Arabian Nights” fantasy, part French elegance— it is a spiritual haven as well as a hippie retreat, a partiers’ paradise and a glamorous getaway. One moment you’re dodging donkeys in the clogged arteries of the [...]

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World-class hotels in Muscat

From a Diamond ranked major Middle East traveler: There are two world class hotels in Muscat, Oman, for readers who may venture that far afield. Muscat caters to wealthy, mainly European, visitors. It is quiet and does not welcome the raucous, low rent crowd you may encounter in Dubai. On the other hand, the nightlife [...]

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Magical Morocco

From a silver contributor: We flew into Casablanca and proceeded directly to Rabat. We stayed half a day in Rabat and visited two main attractions: Kasbah des Oudaias and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V/Hassan II. It’s best to visit these with a local guide.  From there, we proceeded to the city of Meknes. A very [...]

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Tel Aviv—A Sunny Haven Where East Meets West

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is the ultimate East-meets-West city, accented by ample doses of American pop culture and the one million recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel. Blessed with nine blue-sky months and nearly nine miles of aquamarine coastline, Tel Aviv [...]

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A Dream Vacation in Morocco

-Cam, a diamond traveler and retired corporate executive writing and traveling and enjoying life recommends: Royal Mansour was, without a doubt, the most extraordinary hotel Peter and I have ever stayed in! The King of Morocco personally decided that this hotel would be the best in his country—we attest to the fact that His Royal Highness [...]

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A Regular MENA and UAE Visitor shares some tips

He doesn’t want his name plastered all over this post but he sure has been helpful with UAE and MENA travel suggestions (and some general thoughts below): AIRLINES Virgin Airlines:  great beds but  a bit uncomfortable for  sitting. The food is good but why do they allow crying babies into first class-why? Emirates Air to [...]

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Great Food-Dubai-Mall of Emirates

There are very few places in the world where u could ever imagine getting great food in a mall. San Paolo certainly but that’s because the malls are the safest place to be, Hong Kong because of density and the large office complexes housed atop retail environments and Dubai. Dubai doesn’t just have any old [...]

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