Get Cultured Tel Aviv: A Local’s Guide to the Heart of Israel

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Old Jaffa photo via Shutterstock Shimrit Elisar tells us where to go to experience everything from hiking to bar hopping in this local guide to Tel Aviv.  On your first day here, seeing this is a must: It may be a cliché, but to get yourself acquainted with Tel Aviv, take a walk along the […]

Traveling to Tel Aviv? Get This Free Online Foodie Guide

Tel Aviv Foodie Guide

In recent years, Tel Aviv has emerged as an international culinary hotspot, boasting world-renowned restaurants and an organic farm-to-table produce movement. The city’s Levinsky Market was recently voted as the number #1 Destination of 2013 by Savuer magazine. In an attempt to offer food lovers an easy way to navigate the city’s restaurants, street food and markets, […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Get Cultured: Amman – Exploring the History and Culture of this Ancient City


We caught up with Luma Qadoumi, co-founder and General Manager of to learn more about her city’s history, its fascinating sites and to get to the heart of Jordanian culture. On your first day here, seeing this is a must: The Citadel or Jabal Al Qala’a, one of Amman’s most beautiful sites, sits on top of the highest […]

A Day in Afghanistan (VIDEO)

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In this gripping video by filmmakers Lukas and Salome Augustin, Afghanistan is depicted in its purest form: through the daily lives of the people. The outstanding footage captures what many of us have never seen about this notorious country — from the diligent farmer tending to his crops, to the carefree child flying his kite. It is a reminder […]