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Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Kaimah

RAK is fast developing as a genuine alternative to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and with the Waldorf Astoria they have a touch of class to make it happen.

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The Cove Rotana Resort

The Cove Rotana Resort will appeal to families and couples who enjoy staying within a community. A community that has everything to hand without the pomp and ceremony of a luxury hotel.

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The Best of Ras Al-Khaimah

RAKs tourism promise is fully living up to its potential. There is a wonderful scent of optimism here that you just don’t feel in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is an opportunity to enjoy the perfect climate and facilities at prices far lower than its more illustrious neighbours.

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Yas Island Links

Yas island is something of a miracle really. Up until 2006, Abu Dhabi’s playground island didn’t actually exist, but to answer the need for somewhere to develop tourism they simply created it.

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The Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island

It’s 9pm and Luca Paltinieri Executive Chef of Felini, the signature restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, is teaching me a valuable lesson about Lambrusco in Abu Dhabi. “The bubbles disappear the minute the wine crosses the Italian border. Better you should drink Barolo.”

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Andy Mossack reviews the Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek in old Dubai.

Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek. A luxury stay in historic old Dubai

Well lucky me. I’d found a cosy hideaway in the top floor Royal Club Lounge giving me a front row bird’s eye view of the Arabic Dhow boats setting off up Deira Creek on their evening dinner cruises. “Must book one of those for tomorrow night” I thought to myself as I sipped a smooth scotch and contemplated a chocolate dipped date. Such is life at the Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek, a world away from the razzle dazzle Dubai of Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim.

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