Symbolic of the fast pace of economic and technological change that has been taking place across the Arabian Peninsula over the past twenty years, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the seven kingdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates.
The city has an enormous amount to offer visitors to its crystal-blue shores, from sprawling souks, to world-class attractions and museums, all the way to extraordinarily luxurious hotspots, each built to entertain and enthral the world's high society.
Record-breaking Abu Dhabi
If there is one word that best describes the capital of the UAE, it has to be "unique". This is a city built around the notions of wealth and luxury, and the majority of locations on and ...
Divine inspiration has had an influence on some of humanity's greatest, most beautiful monuments. These towering temples serve as places of worship, ritual and quiet contemplation – and their magnificence still stands as a testament to the power of belief.
The Temple of Heaven, Beijing
This huge temple complex in central Beijing began construction in the early 15th century. Today it is considered a Taoist structure, but the circular central hall – built entirely from wood, without a single nail – was originally built simply as a place for people to come together and pray for a good harvest.
Nearly everything about the Temple of Heaven's design tells us something about the cosmology of ...
From time to time, a little green space can be wonderful for your mood. The fresh air, relaxed countryside atmosphere and nothing to see but beautiful, green nature can be the perfect antidote for all the stresses associated with modern life.
While traditional city breaks can offer their own version of relaxation and beauty, there is something about a green escape that offers instant relaxation. But what if you are looking for the best of both? Here we explore popular city break destinations that offer a little green space too.
While Vienna is known for its cultural offerings - visitors to the city can always find plenty to see, do and experience – it is also home to a lot of ...
China's Pearl River Delta, located in Guangdong Province, is one of the most bustling and dynamic regions in the country, named the world's largest urban area by the World Bank, and home to 42 million people in 2010. This destination is perfect for those travellers who are seeking an exciting and action-packed trip away.
The area is also home to Huizhou. A small city (by Chinese standards, at least) and only 40 miles north of sprawling Shenzhen and its border with Hong Kong, it offers respite from the fast-paced lifestyle of the rest of the region.
Ask any Chinese citizen what comes to their mind when they think of Huizhou, and they will likely mention the city's many ...
Countries such as Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Poland and the Czech Republic offer a lot of experiences to travellers, from bustling cities to beautiful natural scenery. Many examples of beautiful outdoor destinations exist, particularly offering hikers a healthy and enjoyable trip – whatever their experience in trekking.
Treks for beginners
If you are not experienced in hiking, there is no need to be afraid of the prospect of climbing hills and crossing forests – Central Europe offers something for every skill level.
Veliki Risnjak Peak, Risnjak National Park, Croatia
A shorter hike that is round trip can be completed in around a day, the ascent of the lush Veliki Risnjak Peak is a ...
Surrounded by the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, Turkey is home to some truly beautiful coastlines. On the surface, tranquillity can be found where golden sands meet soft, crystal-clear waves. Beneath the water, an entire new world is waiting to be discovered.
With such a rich cultural heritage, the coastal destinations of Turkey, and in particular those on the southern coast, have become a popular attraction for divers of all abilities.
If you are considering a trip to Turkey this year, especially during the peak diving season between April and October, make sure you take a look at our favourite diving spots.
Beautiful Bodrum, part of the Muğla ...
One of the quintessential Turkish resort towns, for decades, Bodrum has captivated countless visitors with its enjoyable combination of history, culture and bold seafront beauty. Located on the Bodrum Peninsula, which extends out of the south western tip of the country towards the Greek Island of Kos, this is a place that appeals to every variety of visitor, whatever the time of year.
Bodrum offers a breadth of experiences that, compared to most other Mediterranean destinations, is unmatched. As recent as the mid-century, the city was a tiny fishing village, home to intellectuals, writers and artists who had been exiled there during the preceding decades.
Yet, as the decades ...
With summer upon us, a lot of people are getting ready up to enjoy some time spent beneath the warm sun, running their fingers through soft, fine sands. Indeed, the draw of a beach is very strong during the hotter months, but which are the best in the world? And what makes a stunning shoreline?
El Nido, Philippines
The Southeast Asian nation is a classic oceanic paradise, complete with clear, azure waters, mountains jutting out of the waves, and soft, white sands that beckon to be touched. It is in this earthly paradise that the island of Palawan resides – visit the northern tip of the isle, and you will find true beach bliss.
El Nido, home of enormous karst rock formations, lazy living and ...
We all know how exciting a trip to the beach can be after a long stretch of working, however a relaxing break is very different to the thrill of a bungee jump or snowboarding. If you are thinking of choosing your next getaway based the latter, then there are a few things you need to bear in mind before you put on your board shoes and head off-piste – extreme sports are just that, after all.
Whichever sport you would like to try, and however much of your trip away you would like it to occupy, you need to find good-quality tour operators that will ensure your experience is as enjoyable and pain-free as possible.
This means getting in contact with your overarching tour ...
In Arabic, Eid al-Fitr translates as the 'festival of breaking the fast' – and is the name given to one of the most important religious festivals in the Muslim calendar.
Marking the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr takes place on the first day of the month of Shawwal, and every year, millions of Muslims throughout the world join in this vibrant, exciting and joyous celebration. But the way in which these celebrations take shape differs from each country to the next.
A time for celebration
Having spent 29 or 30 days fasting (this time being dependant on the state of the moon), Muslims see Eid al-Fitr as a time to celebrate. Across the globe, friends and family members are reunited as the streets ...