Champagne and strawberries in the desert? At this luxury resort, everything is possible

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 24 June 2015

There’s only one place to go when you want to be treated like royalty – Dubai! This incredible city boasts more than 300 days of guaranteed sunshine, making it an ideal destination for any traveller seeking new adventures. And you can’t experience it all within a one-time stopover, either. There’s just too much to discover.

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Enjoy a martini 200 metres above sea level at Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 23 June 2015

If we could put one bar on our bucket list, it would be Dubai’s Jumeirah Skyview Bar. Not only does the Skyview Bar give you amazing views of downtown Dubai, but it’s located on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab – meaning, you’re literally on top of the world while you’re here.

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The neverending Tent City of Mina, Saudi Arabia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Now this is how to go camping! Mina is a small city located in western Saudi Arabia, and because of its location-just 8km from Mecca-it’s the ideal place to camp out during the Haj season. This place has more than 100,000 tents to choose from, each one measuring 8 by 8 metres, and constructed of fiberglass. Each tent is fully air-conditioned, too!

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State-of-the-art water park opens in Kabul: No girls allowed

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 October 2013

War-torn Kabul is home to a new $5 million indoor water park that spans over 2,300-square-meters and giving employment to 70 people. This facility can hold over 1,000 customers and if swimming isn’t your thing, try out the restaurant, whirlpool, sauna or play area for children.

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Stunning photographs of Iran

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 26 March 2013

These gorgeous photographs give unique insight into Iran and its relationship to the rest of the world. The photographs of the landscape are stunning, and this series gives a new perspective on life in the beautiful, albeit troubled, country of Iran.

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Syrian Rebels show off their weapon of choice

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini isn’t afraid to do what it takes to find the real deal when it comes to photography. The New York-based photographer is well known for his photojournalism work in the Middle East. He seeks out conflict zones and wades right into the fray. These photos are from his portrait series of Syrian […]

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Kenny Irwin Jr.

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 19 June 2009

Kenny Irwin Jr. makes absurd, apocalyptic collages, mainly drawing from images from the Middle East. He also makes videos, but the most compelling stuff to me are his florescent, ballpoint pen drawings that deal with similar imagery, but bind everything together in a more limited palette.

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