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Tramping round an oil field (with children)

“Kids, this is where it all began!” An underwhelmed stare passed between them, then they glared at the tap in the ground – an unassuming piece of equipment with metal components, red wheels and a gauge on top. The tap … Continue reading

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How to cause a big scene in Bahrain

“Where’s Matty gone?” I turned around at the sound of Son1’s voice, a notch smaller than usual, and sure enough his brother was gone. It all happened in an instant. We’d spent a magnificent day exploring Manama – a cosmopolitan … Continue reading

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Travel post: The Maldives – HOW MUCH?

If anything is going to make you feel like you’ve discovered paradise, it’s descending over some of the best beaches in the world, while peering out the airplane window at bone-white sand, lush greenery and the luminous cyan-blue water surrounding … Continue reading

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Travel post: Stepping back into antiquity

Finding yourself alone inside a pyramid is now a real possibility After the revolutionary chaos of the past few years, many people will have struck Egypt off their list of must-see places for the time being. With good reason. But … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: Walk like an Egyptian

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Travel post: Winter get-aways with bells on

Where do you dream of jetting off to this holiday season? Dear Christmas, What the heck? It’s not your turn yet. Sincerely, Thanksgiving. But even so, as the temperature falls, and the number of tourists flocking to the UAE swells, … Continue reading

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Travel post: Redefining the Scenic Route

Perched high above the Shenandoah Valley, in America’s dreamy Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive offers impressive views at every bend, with plenty of outdoorsy activities along the way. If there’s one thing Son2 is scared of it’s bears. So you … Continue reading

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Travel post: The District

With its wide-open avenues, front porches, old neighbourhoods and views of the Potomac River, Washington DC is a city in which you can see the expansive sky – and feel the pulse of power When direct flights from the UAE … Continue reading

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Travel post: Temples and tea leaves

Shaped like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a spell-binding island jewel offering wild beauty, elephants and white-sand beaches The sun was shining as the snake charmer showed my boys the contents of his wicker baskets. He … Continue reading

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