Travelling to The UAE is all the rage, here’s why. By Anita Rao Kashi


There’s no dearth of adventure in The UAE. For automobile junkies, dune-bashing is the ultimate adventure high. Zipping up and down and through the shifting sand dunes in a four-wheel drive, or even a Hummer, and bumping along the uneven desert floor is highly invigorating. For the more intrepid adventure seeker, there’s tandem sky diving an initial free fall – bound to get the adrenaline pumping in high gear.


At Armani Dubai, guests are spoilt for choice. The spectacularly located hotel is home to several restaurants that specialise in a variety of cuisines. Chief among them is Hashi, where traditional and inspired Japanese aim to overwhelm the taste-buds. Ristorante is all Italian, while Amal is about Indian cuisine at its diverse best. There’s also Mediterraneo, which offers its eponymous cuisines through the day. The Lounge and Deli perfectly fill the space for in-between times.


Lesser known among the Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah, or RAK, has beautiful beaches, bays and gulfs, spectacular medieval palaces, magnificent mosques and ancient buildings including a handful of forts, while sand dunes and land-forms lie within close proximity. The National Museum has an illuminating display of not just articles of natural history but also those that point to the local history, tradition and culture, while the old city’s souqs offer an interesting shopping experience.


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The Spa at Nurai Island in Abu Dhabi is the ultimate in luxury. It is a sanctuary inspired by the sea as is evidenced by the spacious treatment rooms with ocean views and an outdoor area in which the sounds of the sea surround the guests. The spa offers a variety of treatments and therapies using Aromatherapy Associates products.


Address Downtown is in the heart of Downtown Dubai in close proximity to Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. With well appointed rooms and suites that are a combination of style and comfort, the hotel lays emphasis on pampering its guests. To this end, it has a wide array of innovative restaurants, an invigorating spa, versatile meeting rooms and world-class amenities, a fitness centre and much more.

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