Cheryl Robertson


Born Bulawayo Zimbabwe, writes on subjects across the board. Based in Dubai. Contact me at tuppy.robertson (at)


Cultural connections
There is a strong bond between Emirati and Japanese residents, for both nationalities appreciate the similar values of good manners, hospitality, respect and craftsmanship. The...
In focus
Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries are being encouraged to improve their infrastructure to enable accessibility for all travellers, including those with...
Ride on the Wild Side
Three epic mountain bike rides through Zimbabwe
The Global Collection
Etihad Airways flies to six continents and Etihad Holidays guides travellers to many exciting destinations around the world. Get inspired.
Hidden Gem - Al Quoz's fantasy world at The Antique Museum
Although some call it Aladdin's cave or Ali Baba's secret hideout, this warehouse is so much more than just a treasure trove of gifts, home accessories and furnishings. The...
Bioluminescence - Oman
It’s like a scene from the Life of Pi,’” said Graham Church, still reeling as he recounted the events from the previous night. “Trails of jellyfish right next to the dhow were...
How Abu Dhabi is saving the dugong
Rising pollution, coastal developments, boat traffic and bad fishing practices are contributing to a decline in the fortunes of the dugong - in Abu Dhabi and around the world.
How Abu Dhabi is Saving the Dugong
Rising pollution, coastal developments, boat traffic and bad fishing practices are contributing to a decline in the fortunes of the dugong - in Abu Dhabi and around the world....
Salsali Private Museum - House of culture in Dubai
Tucked away off a busy street in Al Quoz is Alserkal Avenue, home to about 20 art-focused studios. One of the thriving art venues in the area is Salsali Private Museum (SPM),...
Beatrix's creatures great and small
The spectacular natural beauty of rural Cumbria has inspired many literary greats - including Beatrix Potter - and those who come to walk in their footsteps.
Dubai World Cup: 19 burning race-day questions answered
Can you survive among the hoity-toity at Meydan? Do you know your stirrup cups from your stirrups? Here's a rough guide - from how to name-drop without causing a rumpus to the...
Ramadan in Turkey: Move over doner
Whatever your religious affiliation, Turkey is a fascinating place to be in during the holy month, when traditions and celebrations merge, complemented by the hospitable nature...
A trip that can change lives
More and more people in the UAE are taking socially responsible holidays. Is it the need to help those less fortunate? Or is it to show their children what's beyond the UAE...
Rhino horror: Shot, dehorned and left to die
There were 500 000 rhinos in Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 20th century Poaching has reduced this to just 29 000 today Cheryl Robertson reports on how myths have...
Back in Bulawayo
Return to Zimbabwe as a tourist
Surf's up in Sri Lanka
Surfing near Hikkaduwa
Zimbabwe: No country for old men
Talk about being on an emotional roller coaster. Nothing - not even Germany's Silver Star or the Tower of Terror on the Australian Gold Coast - can produce so many contrasting...
Not all flight companions are boring
Airline check-in counter clerks have so much power. They can, in one swift move, relegate you to a middle seat or one of those at the back of the economy section that doesn't tilt.
Would you go to prison... voluntarily?
The nice thing about Australians is that they don't beat about the bush - they say it how it is. If your ancestors came to a country only because they were convicts in Great...
Tsunami threat sent us running for the hills
Keeping a safe distance
Of Handbags and Hope
Social Fabric Woven
"My message to every woman is that the first step to self empowerment is to learn to love and believe in yourself," says Halima Al Quaidah, once a volunteer wool-washer and now...
Healing the Afghan Heart
Craft & Compassion in Afghanistan
Magic in a magical land
Rani Resorts is a tourism development company that owns and operates luxury hotels and lodges in some of the most unique, remote and naturally beautiful locations in southern...
Take one for the team
Nobody wants to die of boredom attending a meeting. A tedious conference could well be the death knell for any business too. Conventional boardroom strategies don't work as well...
Strange encounter of the pygmy kind
Pygmies in the Ituri Forest, Zaire 1985 [pic by Cheryl Robertson]

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