Get Cultured: Tehran — Unveiling the City’s Historic Past, Modern Culture and Intricate Gardens

Tehran at night_Photo by Arash Razzagh Karimi

Madi Jahangir takes us on an armchair tour of Tehran, Iran’s most culturally diverse, modernized city famed for its gardens, cafes and thriving art scene.  On your first day here, seeing this is a must: If you are interested in archeology and the ancient history of the country, you can satisfy your curiosity at the […]

Where to Escape in the Middle East and Indian Ocean Now


By Sophia Khan Have you ever returned from a busy holiday abroad, only to find that you needed yet another vacation to recuperate from hours of hectic sightseeing?  These eco-luxe resorts allow for the art of vacationing in its most quintessential form: relaxation, rejuvenation and tranquility.  Each property embraces sustainable and socially responsible initiatives while […]

An Unparalleled Stay Amidst Oman’s Al Hajar Mountains


Set to open in early 2014, Alila Jabal Akhdar promises an incredible experience in one of Oman’s most picturesque regions. Having stayed at several of the company’s properties and seeing firsthand the effort that is placed on social responsibility and providing guests with a stay that offers

Iraq Gets a National Park

iraq national park

CURATED BY NIKI DE WITT After almost a decade of enduring bureaucracy and red tape, Nature Iraq’s hard work has finally paid off, designating the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first national park. Drained during wartime for hiding spots, the 1,000-square kilometers of marshland has been revived and is now leading the way […]

Living Within the Walls of a Saudi Arabian Compound

saudi mosque

By Kala Barba-Court The decision to move to Saudi Arabia from Paris was, surprisingly, not a very difficult one. My husband, a construction engineer in the oil and gas industry, is often expatriated to work on projects abroad. Our last expatriation stint before we returned to Paris (which is where we were based until we […]

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