Historical Ad Diriyah: The Jewel of Riyadh

Historical Ad Diriyah: The Jewel of Riyadh

Ad Diriyah is to Riyadh what Colosseum is to Rome or Acropolis to Athens. This historic site is undergoing a $17 billion renovation project that will comprise not only a renovated historic village, but also luxury hotels, restaurants, a 15,000-seat arena, and a Formula-E racetrack.…

WHAT TO BUY IN SAUDI ARABIA

WHAT TO BUY IN SAUDI ARABIA

If you are planning to visit Saudi Arabia, you are probably wandering about what souvenirs and gifts to buy and bring back home. In this wealthy, oil-rich country you can find anything from international luxury brands to traditional Arabian items. Here are some ideas of…

VISITING MUSCAT: WHAT TO SEE, EAT AND READ

VISITING MUSCAT: WHAT TO SEE, EAT AND READ

Muscat, capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, is often overlooked by travelers who prefer visiting its glitzier neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. However, Muscat is a magical place with an air of calm and peace. Instead of the glamorous and flashy…

VISITING THE SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE IN MUSCAT, OMAN

VISITING THE SULTAN QABOOS GRAND MOSQUE IN MUSCAT, OMAN

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is an iconic site in Muscat, Oman, and dominates the city skyline. It is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. The mosque is beautifully lit at night, a mesmerizing sight from the main highway going through the city. The imposing structure…

VISITING THE AL FATEH GRAND MOSQUE BAHRAIN

VISITING THE AL FATEH GRAND MOSQUE BAHRAIN

During a recent trip to Bahrain, I visited the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, one of the major landmarks in Manama. When traveling in the Middle East it is fascinating to see the stunning and extraordinary architecture of these places of worship, whether regal or more…

HOTEL INSIDER: AL BUSTAN PALACE MUSCAT, OMAN

HOTEL INSIDER: AL BUSTAN PALACE MUSCAT, OMAN

Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel is Oman’s finest—a tranquil oasis between the Al Hajar mountains and the Sea of Oman in the outskirts of Muscat. The beachfront retreat boasts elegantly manicured gardens, a private sandy beach, several pools, four restaurants and a luxurious Six…