Salties: The Magic of Food, Music and Good Vibes

Salties Beach Bar and Grill by Grenada Launches its First Indoor Beach Bar Showcasing Sustainability, Accessibility, and the World’s Best Culture of Caribbean EntertainmentInside the Grenada country pavilion extension, Salties Beach Bar and Grill opens its “lift doors” for the very first time exclusively to Expo 2020 visitors and staff from the first of October... Continue Reading →

Creating Value Through People

Hakan Ozel, General Manager - Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai Managing a business by looking at the financial results may not be healthy. It is like trying to coach a sports team during a game while keeping the eyes constantly on the scoreboard! Financial results are the outcome of excellence (or the lack of it) in the key processes,... Continue Reading →

Love fine French cuisine? Say bonjour to Picard, France’s best frozen food, now available exclusively at Marks & Spencer in the UAE

In a UAE first, leading British retailer Marks & Spencer, operated by the Al-Futtaim Group has launched Picard into its food hall – France’s famous frozen food brand.The inspirational new range is set to well and truly elevate the culinary taste buds! The show-stopping collection, all at brilliant value features delicious canapés to high quality... Continue Reading →

Natural Sense of Place: Huus Gstaad

By Shereen Shabnam Someone once said that to get a true feel of Switzerland, you need to visit Gstaad. Having been all over Switzerland in the last few years, we continued our search of unique Alpine experiences and had the most memorable holiday at HUUS Gstaad, a warm homely hotel nestled among the rolling peaks... Continue Reading →

The Perfect Pide: Babaji at City Walk

By Shereen Shabnam Living across City Walk has not been good for my waistline and my current favourite restaurant is Babaji, the renowned authentic Turkish restaurant that serves crispy hot pide (delicious savoury flatbread) straight from its wood-fired brick oven with different delectable fillings. From sweet to savoury, the authentic Turkish restaurant offers traditional dishes... Continue Reading →

Memorable Desert Experiences

Al Wathba, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa  By Shereen Shabnam Heading to Abu Dhabi always meant going there using the same route E11 route but recently I took a detour in the Ferrari F8 Tributo to spend a night at Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa, located deep within the expansive landscape of... Continue Reading →

The Great Outdoors: Zermatt

By Shereen Shabnam Everyone has a place that gives them peace and tranquility and for me, my favourite place is in Switzerland and the in particular in the beautiful Zermatt. Situated far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at an altitude of 1,600 metres above sea level, Zermatt and its people give a sense... Continue Reading →

A Greek Culinary Voyage: GAIA at DIFC Dubai

By Shereen Shabnam Located at Gate Village DIFC, GAIA offers an intimate dining experience with cuisine inspired by the Greek-Mediterranean culinary culture. We spent an enthralling evening at this bustling contemporary venue sampling authentic and fresh cuisine that is unique, flavorful and translates the elements of the sun, land and sea into every plate. Food... Continue Reading →

Excellence in Service Innovation

Hakan Ozel, General Manager - Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai Service innovation is a continuous improvement effort that is donated to the exchange of relationships. It is just as important as the product itself, and certainly its beauty. This relationship, if actively conducted and participated, helps to strengthen the brand experience that is naturally the most required... Continue Reading →

Discover the magical Canton of Vaud by road

Mountainous region’s lakes offer breathtaking scenery to nature lovers The Canton of Vaud, in the Lake Geneva region, is the perfect place to enjoy a road trip on your next holiday. With its breathtaking scenery of winding roads through the mountain valleys, it offers a natural escape from city life, for a romantic break or... Continue Reading →

Sumptuous Uzbekistan Cuisine

ZOR at the Pointe on the Palm brings hearty flavours to Dubai By Shereen Shabnam Before the summer heat came upon us, we headed to the Palm Jumeirah to explore the Pointe and sample delicacies at ZOR, which means Excellent! In Uzbek. Sitting outdoors in the evening meant we had front row views of the... Continue Reading →

A RARE Experience

Shereen Shabnam During one of my manic days, I had a chance to escape to Meliã Desert Palm Dubai to have a private lunch at RARE with a Swiss brand and fell in love with the simple yet lush fare.  Located on an extensive polo estate, the resort is nestled amidst lush polo fields and... Continue Reading →

Fresh and Flavoursome: Bebabel Dubai Mall

By Shereen Shabnam While talking about cars and racing at the Autodrome one Friday afternoon, I got invited by a fellow petrolhead to try some classic levant dishes at Bebabel, located in the Dubai Mall's new fashion avenue extension. It took me a while to find the resttaurant that is set in a stylish contemporary... Continue Reading →

An Aura of Elegance: Hotel Du Palais

Shereen Shabnam I fell in love with Biarritz the minute I got off the train. Facing the Ocean Atlantic and on the beach “La Grande Plage de Biarritz” near the city center of Biarritz, the prestigious sea side deluxe Hotel du Palais of Biarritz was breathtaking at first sight. Walking into the reception area, I... Continue Reading →

Pastificio Propaganda: The New Miami Speaks Italian

PASTIFICIO PROPAGANDA Restaurant represents the most significant international projection of RPM Proget studio, a team of professionals who, starting from the varied and dynamic reality of Rome, have extended their design path to other cities in Europe and the United States, in particular in Florida, where they started a project of great commitment and satisfaction... Continue Reading →

By Shereen Shabnam Singapore was my favorite cosmopolitan city for weekend visits during my nine years in Kuala Lumpur.  As students took the overnight train and ventured the streets for culinary experiences trying hawker food, Indian food, seafood, scrumptious Chinese cuisine and strolled through the lovely hiking trails or enjoy the beaches in the South.... Continue Reading →

By Shereen Shabnam When I look back at my time in Portugal, what comes to mind is the medieval castles, palaces, hilltop castles, picturesque cobblestone villages, bustling towns and great food. My favourite time was sitting in the open-air cafes, watching the locals while enjoying freshly baked bread, delicious fried sardines served with sauces of... Continue Reading →

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa By Shereen Shabnam After a period of not travelling for nearly a year, heading to Maldives was indeed a treat and a few days at the award-winning Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa brought so many memorable moments. The resort is home to an exquisite collection of... Continue Reading →

By Shereen Shabnam During my nine years in Malaysia, Penang was the most popular local exotic holiday destination we used to head to for a dose of cultural sights and natural scenery. Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its many soft sandy beaches and viewed as the food capital of... Continue Reading →

By Shereen Shabnam One of the most memorable trips I have taken as a motoring enthusiast was to Gramado, a tiny mountain resort that has the Hollywood Car Museum and a place for super car driving experiences. The town is like a Swiss mountain village with boutiques selling avant-garde glasswork, gourmet chocolate and has some... Continue Reading →

Revel in picturesque views while sipping signature coffee and tea blends and enjoying healthy snacks and desserts     Spend quality time with your friends while relishing the beautiful views of Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline, over a Healthy Afternoon Tea at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel. Guests can choose from the curated... Continue Reading →

By Shereen Shabnam Last week we ventured into Jumeirah and tried out the Let’s Organic restaurant & café for dinner. It is a unique venture conceptualized byLet’s Organics introducing a 100% organic menu; the restaurant offers exquisite Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with vegan and gluten free options and it was as healthy as it was... Continue Reading →

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