We set off our arrival in the Maldives by a short stay at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa. While this was a convenient resort to the airport, it wasn’t necessarily the experience that you’d expect when travelling all the way to the Maldives. Despite this, it was a great transfer hotel and we’d easily stay here again if the rates were competitive. This post is one chapter in our… Read More

The Middle East Three carriers of Qatar, Emirates and Etihad have increased the competitiveness in air markets around the world in the last fifteen years. Today’s flight demonstrated the lengths that they would go, in order to increase traffic and competitiveness. We had a really enjoyable flight from Abu Dhabi to Male will full service all the way. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar… Read More

Touring around Abu Dhabi was a little less exciting that neighbouring Dubai. While Abu Dhabi had a few attractions and things to keep things interesting, it was a much more business oriented city. Although it lacked some of the personality and spirit of Dubai, it was still an interesting stopover for a few days. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on… Read More

With two nights in Abu Dhabi, we were looking for some well placed accommodation that also offered resort like features. We ended up at the dated Sheraton Abu Dhabi, which is situated just off the corniche. The hotel was satisfactory for a leisure stay, but wasn’t all too inspiring as compared to the many other hotels in Abu Dhabi that were likely more interesting. This post is one chapter in our trip… Read More

We couldn’t come all the way out to the desert without getting to try some experiences and the beauty that it’s known for. The Qsar Al Sarab Resort had set up some activities that were included in our room rate that allowed us to experience the desert beauty up close. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad… Read More

The Qsar Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anatara was an especially neat experience. Being able to experience resort like luxury in the middle of sand dunes was a unique and unusual experience. In this report, we’ll go over the accomodations and resort features. In then next post, I will review some Desert Retreat activities at Qsar Al Sarab and share some of the experiences that we did while staying at the property…. Read More

Dubai had some great sightseeing experiences. We didn’t go up the Burj Khalifa skyscraper or have breakfast at the Burj Al Arab, but we did relax.  Some describe this city as a “meh” city. Although it has an artificial flavour to it, I think with a little scratching of the surface, there’s lots here to be seen and experienced. As with other hot sunny climates, it was a difficult city to shoot… Read More

After a lot of research on where to stay in Dubai, we decided on the Dubai Marina area. It was situated in a nice neighbourhood with access to nearby Jumeriah Beach. It also had reasonable access around Dubai thanks to being close to the Dubai Metro less than 10 minutes walk from the property. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on… Read More

Our flight with Etihad set the stage with them for a series of excellent flights throughout the Gulf Region. The on board product and catering were excellent. By flying Etihad when we did, we also gained access to a subsidized United Arab Emirates visa that was required for Canadians. This post is one chapter in our trip to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives on United Airlines and Etihad Airways…. Read More

After a brief turn around in Qatar, it was time to head back to the United Arab Emirates. We were re-entering the United Arab Emirates on a UAE flagged carrier and, as a result, were eligible for a government subsidized visa. At the time of this report, the UAE was charging Canadians outrageous amounts in order to gain access to the UAE, making flying on a gulf carrier the only economic way… Read More