As the reality of pandemic-driven limitations set in, technology can take travellers on a different kind of journey
A Sharjah stopover promises visitors an authentic Arabian experience, thanks to the emirate’s rich cultural and natural heritage
WITH TRAVEL BACK ON THE AGENDA, NEW HOTELS IN EMERGING DESTINATIONS AWAIT
How two luxury Dubai hotels are offering wellness treatments that boost the immune system and promote relaxation in an era where health is wealth
Start-up CEOs reveal how their technology is transforming the hotel guest experience, creating seamless and contactless ondemand services
DOORS TO AUTOMATIC
THE TECHNOLOGY HELPING TO MAKE THE REGION’S AIRPORTS SAFE
PEAK OF PERFECTION
Blessed with sunshine, good looks and superb skiing and hiking, Arosa is now taking the lead on sustainability, too
Hot-foot it around the German city’s new and historic sights
Go with the flow
If you have varicose veins and travel frequently, you’d be well advised to get them checked – it could help to prevent you getting DVT
BUSINESS TRAVEL 2021
BTME ROUNDS UP THE TOP INDUSTRY TRENDS
EAT 'APPY IN JEDDAH
New food delivery app Lugmety is giving Jeddah visitors the chance to taste authentic local cuisine from the comfort of their hotel room
What are airlines doing to reassure passengers about flying amidst the pandemic?
Land of Opportunity
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to immediately lift travel bans impacting some countries in the Middle East will create fresh opportunities for Arab families to live, work and study in the United States
Grand Hotel et de Milan
BACKGROUND Open since 1863, this Leading Hotels of the World member has been owned by the Bertazzoni family for three generations and has welcomed guests ranging from Hemingway and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to composer Giuseppe Verdi and opera singer Maria Callas.
Citadines Islington London
BACKGROUND The Ascott Limited’s aparthotel brand, Citadines is a hybrid hotel and serviced apartment concept offering larger rooms than standard hotels, with fully equipped kitchens, but without restaurants and aimed at longer-stay guests. Open since September, this new Islington property is the fifth in the capital for the brand, and is due to be followed next year by Citadines Wembley London.
FIT FOR TRAVEL
The global ‘health is wealth’ movement accelerated by the pandemic is giving hotels the extra push they need to offer travellers what they really want – flexible fitness and wellbeing choices for their body, mind and spirit
The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman
BACKGROUND One of two Oberoi properties in the UAE, Oberoi, Al Zorah, has been open for just over three years. Surrounded by nothing but beach and natural mangroves, it is an urban retreat and well branded as “The UAE’s best-kept secret”.
From desert cycle tracks and city-wide fitness drives, to dedicated sports districts and high-altitude treks, the UAE offers travellers the chance to explore and stay in shape at the same time
Armani/Kaf, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa
BACKGROUND The UAE’s first Kosher restaurant, Armani/Kaf, is part of a new wave of kosher dining experiences in the UAE. Opened in September, its kitchens are under the strict supervision of Rabbi Levi Duchman, the UAE’s only resident rabbi, who has certified the venue with Glatt Kosher and Pas Yisroel certifications from Emirates Kosher Supervising Agency, the only UAE-based kosher certifier. While this directly appeals to the local Jewish community and Jewish tourists, the restaurant caters to all tastes and diners.
24 HOURS IN... CAIRO
Step back in time and discover Egypt’s ancient wonders in the City of a Thousand Minarets
The Portuguese capital is off-limits to some nationalities, but essential travellers can still hop on a tram to take in the city’s charms
SPOTLIGHT ON… ALULA
A new community focused eco-luxe resort aims to put Saudi Arabia’s “living museum” on the experiential tourism map
A whistle-stop tour of four luxurious travel experiences that offer something for everyone, from culture and adventure to wellness and royal-like living
The end of an era
British Airways reached an “emotional milestone” last month, retiring its two remaining Heathrow-based Boeing 747 aircraft
LIGHT IN SIGHT
European rail is starting to recover from the pandemic and should pick up passengers who may previously have flown for short journeys
Introducing The ‘Workcation'
With remote work now a reality for full-time employees, many are seeking a change of scene and swapping their home offices for more aspirational locations
The Best Of The Best
The results of the hotly anticipated Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2020 are in
Abu Dhabi Fights Back
A new ‘safe zone’ concept trialled at the inaugural UFC Fight Island in July is paving the way for the emirate’s tourism and events sector recovery
A TASTER OF THE REGION’S BEST BUSINESS LUNCHES AND BRUNCHES
LN Garden Hotel, Nansha
It's good for those who want to escape the busy city life and enjoy some fresh air and the lush greenery