Brazil's Amazon rainforest is one of the last undiscovered frontiers on earth. Hayley Skirka spends a night under its canopy T he croak of a tree frog echoes in the air. I hear it, but only barely, so lost is it in the amplified hum of the rainforest's cicadas.
T ime hasn't run out yet for the world's oceans. That's the message Jean-Mich el Cousteau, the oldest son of the French explorer Jacques , left us with after his visit to Dubai's shores. Jean-Michel Cousteau is a renowned oceanographer, filmmaker, explorer, author and environmentalist.
Untouched islands, incredible marine life and luxury overwater villas - this might sound like a Maldivian resort, but it's actually an important part of Saudi Arabia's tourism vision . Having spent many years "sealed off " to international visitors, the kingdom is preparing to open itself up to the world.
A few weeks ago I flew from Dubai to Oman. Before take-off, I spent a few moments wondering if the tall woman in the seat in front of me would recline her chair. It was a short flight and I had work to do, but if she pitched back I knew I'd struggle to use my laptop, given the lack of space in my economy seat.
Lonely Planet Hayley Skirka has been resident in the United Arab Emirates for nearly 10 years, most of them spent in Dubai. After all this time in the city, she's seen most of the iconic landmarks and lost count of how many desert safaris she's been on, so she tends to spend her days discovering more of what makes Dubai a truly liveable city.
Usually known for its desert climate, Dubai boasts balmy winters that are the exception to the rule. In winter, it's time to visit Dubai's pockets of green, each as pleasant for a quick stroll as they are for a full day. Here's where to wander.
As Dubai gets ready to welcome authors from around the world to celebrate the 10th Emirates Airline Festival of Literature from Thursday, we take a look at some of the world's most inspiring literary cities.
For vegetarians and vegans, going on holiday often meant putting up with the same limited dinner options for days on end. With more millennials embracing the plant-led lifestyle faster than any other subset of society, many hotels and resorts are beginning to hone their food and beverage offerings to cater to this growing demographic .
Whether you want to actively help wildlife, or just observe without causing harm, we round up the trips to take
From Guatemala to the Gobi Desert, this year's leading travel trend shows people's desire for more connection with places, and with themselves
The welcome A winding road leads me through a few kilometres of protected desert dunes before I'm greeted by a friendly host who accompanies me along the covered walkway to the spacious lobby lounge. The former Banyan Tree property has been redesigned since the hotel was taken over last year by Ritz-Carlton.
Discovering Iceland’s wilderness on a journey that was equal parts adrenaline-fuelled adventure and hypnotic stillness
There's something about chunks of land surrounded by ocean that make them primevally covetable. Celebs and A-listers flock to the world's islands like magnets: Jay-Z bought Beyoncé one for her 29th birthday, Johnny Depp splurged on one that he spotted when filming Pirates of the Caribbean and Virgin tycoon Richard Branson famously rode out Hurricane Irma on his own Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.
No longer the stronghold of rich retirees with endless vacation time, today's new seafaring adventures are geared towards younger travellers
From dogsledding across Norwegian snow to summiting Africa's highest mountain, these adventure trips are no holds barred and no men allowed
Wander cobblestone streets, sail on Lake Geneva or marvel at horology intricacies: whatever you do to get under the skin of Geneva, make it count in this laid-back Swiss melting pot
As demand for Muslim-friendly destinations increases, a new wave of countries is competing to become the future stars of the halal travel circuit
From eerie to gut-wrenching to downright terrifying, scare yourself silly with a visit to some of the world's most spooktacular destinations Wonders of the world, heritage sights and bucket-list musts - there's no shortage of fascinating places the world over waiting to be explored.
Tucked along the shores of the Left Bank, Saint-Germain des- Prés embodies so much of what makes Paris special. Its cobblestoned streets and ancient façades survive to this day, revealing a history littered with luminaries
Historically known for its frankincense, things are changing in the summer playground of Salalah with the opening of the first luxury villa resort. World Traveller heads south to discover more about out tropical neighbour
"At its root, All'Onda is an Italian restaurant," begins chef Chris Jaeckle when we meet on the sixth floor of the newly opened Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai on The Palm Jumeirah's West Crescent. "We take our influences from Venetian cuisine because that was the trade hub for hundreds of years.
Alain Ducasse currently holds more Michelin stars than any other chef in the world. But for his latest UAE venture, the focus is as much on the venue as it is on the food "There are already many fantastic places to eat in Dubai.
From buttery pancakes to Venezuelan cheese rolls and everything in between, mobile traders are raising the bar for the capital's food trucks. Over the last couple of years, there's been a new player in Abu Dhabi's culinary scene as food trucks have rolled into the city. From burger trucks to tasty taco vans, there’s now a decent selection of mobile food outlets in the capital. But food trucks aren’t a new phenomena...
Contrary to popular opinion, Luluemon pants a Manduka yoga mat do not a yogi make. We delve deeper into the discipline and the benefits it can bring both on and off the mat. About a year ago to the day, I ...Read More "
With World Cup excitement hitting a crescendo around the globe, a hotel in Dubai is getting in on the act by offering six diehard footie fans the chance to watch the big final in serious indulgence.
Famed as one of the most fun people in showbusiness, Alan Cumming chats exclusively to AIR about sharing the love, political philosophies and the real-life adventures documented in his new book
Eating out is up there as one of the most popular expat pastimes in the capital, but is our love for food sustainable? We look at how you can be the main ingredient in making a change in the UAE's ...Read More "
Before there were selfies, Instagram and iPhones, one of America’s most iconic artists was already detailing his life on camera
Go off the eaten path where hands-on dining goes to new lengths in taking travellers of foodie experiences in exotic places that they are very much a part of, writes Hayley Skirka
Celebrity hairstylist Rossano Ferretti lives his life on the road, but nothing compares to his beloved hometown where eating and family come first. Hayley Skirka gets his take on the cosmopolitan, stylish and ever so suave city of Parma
Before rock and roll and had a past, Les Paul and Gibson Guitars shaped its future
Ahead of it's reopening, Hayley Skirka takes a look at one of Paris' grandest dames, the 118-year-old Ritz Paris and all the pomp, circumstance and scandal from its notoriously glamourous past
Award-winning music festival Sandance has, it is fair to say, experienced incredible highs and lows in its few short years. Anybody who grooved with Nile Rodgers, rocked with The Killers or danced until late with the planet's biggest DJs will have lasting memories.
As the House of Bovet celebrates its crystal anniversary at the hands of Pascal Raffy, we catch up with the man ensuring watchmaking traditions remain at the heart of this horology dynasty
The house of Harry Winston has many secrets to share...
Hayley Skirka catches up with Giorgio Locatelli to talk Italian hospitality, the secret of great pizza and how the time is now for Dubai’s culinary scene
Their most attainable car to date is big on usability and even bigger on charisma; we get to grips with the McLaren 570S in the British carmaker's favourite colour
Explore Oman’s mountainous terrain some 2,000m above sea level with all the comforts of the region’s highest five-star hotel
JUST 70KM FROM THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, THE TINY TOWN OF ARJEPLOG IN SWEDISH LAPLAND HARBORS A SECRET – A 750 ACRE FROZEN PLAYGROUND, A CLANDESTINE MILLIONAIRE’S ICE RINK THAT’S RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THRILL-SEEKERS AND SPEED AFICIONADOS. THE ULTIMATE MOTORING EXPERIENCE - THIS IS ICE DRIVING AT ITS BEST.
A visit to Nepal's capital is a trip bursting with highs and lows, from glorious mountain peaks to horn-honking chaos. Hayley Skirka rounds up the best bits
With perfect weather and so many travel experiences on our doorstep, there's no reason to venture far over the upcoming long weekend
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
In today's digital era and a world where new technology and information saturation are at an all-time high, the pressure to retain an enduring presence is intense. In the Middle East and Africa, transformation is on an upward trajectory as audiences grow and broadcasters clamour for a share of a market value looking set to bypass US$15 billion by 2021, data from IDATE Digiworld shows.
Abundant and cost-effective as domestic fuel for generating electricity, coal remains a vital energy source for many countries around the world. Accounting for more than 40 per cent of global electricity, coal is a foundation of modern life.
While most travellers try to stay out of hospital when on holiday, these destinations are luring tourists with their bedside manner