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Hayley Skirka

Journalist, writer, editor

Innovative editor and travel, culture and lifestyle journalist with a sharp wit and creative eye. Serious logophile with experience writing for Lonely Planet, World Traveller, Time Out, The National, Stylist, The World and more.

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Travel

The National
03/14/2018
Brazil's best-kept secret: a night in the Amazon rainforest

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.

The National
05/27/2019
Recline or whine: the correct way for travellers to lean-back

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
08/17/2018
How to live like a Local in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.

Lonely Planet
01/09/2018
Where to go for a winter walk in Dubai

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.

The National
03/07/2018
The world's most inspiring literary cities

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.

The National
11/30/2017
Top veggie retreats around the world

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 .

The National
03/07/2018
Hotel Insider: The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

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.

World Traveller magazine
01/01/2018
Silent Nights

Discovering Iceland’s wilderness on a journey that was equal parts adrenaline-fuelled adventure and hypnotic stillness

The National
03/07/2018
Top ten private island getaways

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.

The National
08/31/2017
New cruises for millennial travellers

No longer the stronghold of rich retirees with endless vacation time, today's new seafaring adventures are geared towards younger travellers

World Traveller
02/01/2017
Geneva: where time counts

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

The National
10/02/2017
7 of the best halal holidays

As demand for Muslim-friendly destinations increases, a new wave of countries is competing to become the future stars of the halal travel circuit

Fridaymagazine
10/31/2017
Visit if you dare

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.

World Traveller
12/01/2016
The rebel quarter

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

World Traveller magazine
04/01/2017
The Omani tropics

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

Lifestyle

Abu Dhabi World Online
08/15/2018
Roll Up - Abu Dhabi World Online

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...

Abu Dhabi World Online
08/02/2018
Everything you need to know about yoga - Abu Dhabi World Online

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 "

Air magazine
10/01/2016
A long time Cumming

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

Atlantis, The Magazine
01/04/2016
Instant Andy

Before there were selfies, Instagram and iPhones, one of America’s most iconic artists was already detailing his life on camera

UltraTravel
09/28/2017
A taste of the wild

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

World Traveller
07/01/2017
My City: Parma

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

Atlantis, The Magazine
05/01/2016
The Guitarists' Guitar

Before rock and roll and had a past, Les Paul and Gibson Guitars shaped its future

Air Magazine
06/01/2016
Putting on the Ritz

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

Time Out Dubai
04/29/2014
The return of Sandance - Nightlife Features - TimeOutDubai.com

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.

Air Magazine
07/01/2016
Defenders of art

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

Air Magazine
06/01/2016
Keeper of Secrets

The house of Harry Winston has many secrets to share...

Atlantis, The Magazine
05/01/2016
Benvenuto

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

Air Magazine
06/01/2016
Orange is the New Black

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

World Traveller
03/01/2017
The height of adventure

Explore Oman’s mountainous terrain some 2,000m above sea level with all the comforts of the region’s highest five-star hotel

SWR magazine
04/01/2015
Route 66° North

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.

World Traveller
07/01/2017
Kathmandu: the ideal weekend bolthole

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

SWR magazine
07/06/2015
The World as a Canvas

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Business

Visitdubai
Dubai technology - Dubai's never-ending quest for your attention

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.

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