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Hot hotels 2016: part two

From indulgent retreats to examples of pioneering design, Issy D’Arcy Clark reports on the best new hotels set to open around the world in 2016 and beyond

Dubai: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

A hotel that is the epitome of the 'everything in excess' Dubai lifestyle – the outrageous ostentation of the Burj Al Arab must be seen to be believed, says Issy D'Arcy Clark

Justin Rose’s hole in one hit list

The first English player to win the US Open in four decades, even 
for Justin Rose it’s not all about bunkers, birdies and bogeys; his favourite courses feature mountains, distant islands and greens reached only by helicopter. He exclusively reveals to Tim Hulse his top places to tee off

Eight reasons why Abu Dhabi is the cultural capital of the Middle East

With a multi-billion dollar investment in arts and culture, Abu Dhabi is poised to steal Dubai’s cultural crown. Cressida Meale lists the places to go now — and in the not-so-distant future — to experience it at its best

Dubai: Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Dubai hotels can be a bit bling and brash, but Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach manages to stay on the tasteful side of luxury with old-world service and sophisticated indulgences, says Philip Heard

Where to eat: Abu Dhabi

An international foodie scene is simmering away in the capital of the UAE – and there’s a new festival set to celebrate it. Sarah Riches takes a bite of Abu Dhabi’s best restaurants

Hot list 2015: the best adventures

There’s adventure to be had from America to the Middle East, but which adrenaline rush is for you?

Winter sun: five sunny places you could be right now

As a chill kicks in around the UK, many thoughts will be turning to warmer climes. But where can you get the best winter sun for your buck?

Five of the best Middle East souks

From imposing modern builds to chaotic medieval markets, Middle East expert Matthew Teller picks five of his favourite Middle Eastern souks to get lost in

Open-jaw travel

Why fly into and out of the same airport? Simon Calder breaks down nine open-jaw itineraries that open up a world of possibilities for the imaginative traveller

Open-jaw travel: Abu Dhabi to Muscat or Tel Aviv to Amman

Simon Calder breaks down two 'open-jaw' itineraries that take in multiple Middle Eastern cities, flying into one airport and out from another

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

High Life's hotel and restaurant reviews: were we right?

For four decades we have deliberated, cogitated and digested the best restaurants and hotels across the globe. But were we right? Not always…

The topsy-turvy travel planner: the United Arab Emirates for bookworms

The UAE's burgeoning literary scene includes several book fairs, and the Arabian Nights tales are bang on trend

Six of the world's best record stores

Just when you thought the stylus had, well, gone out of style, sales of vinyl records are climbing. Here are the world's most unique wax wonderlands

How to spend a weekend break in Dubai

Fancy a weekend of sunshine, shopping and a sprinkling of desert safari? Ianthe Butt goes over the top in Dubai

Dubai: Flintoff's favourites

Cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff takes Gershon Portnoi to his favourite locations in Dubai

Freddie Flintoff in Dubai

He’s the iconic English cricketer who swapped life in a Lancashire market town for one of the world’s most glamorous cities. Ashes ace Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff takes Gershon Portnoi on a personal tour of his new home, Dubai

Dubai: Rising from the desert

A feverish dream of the future sprang from the sands in Dubai. Now one of the world’s glitziest destinations, it has become a blueprint for the rest of the Gulf. Alexander Garrett applauds the greatest construction boom of modern times