Experience authentic Ramadan experiences at Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay

Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan enjoying authentic traditional Bahraini dishes at Café Délices, an exquisite Coffee Lounge and Eatery at the Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay, facing the Dubai Water Canal on Al Abraj Street, Business Bay. The cosy restaurant, perfect for visitors seeking an excellent location to unwind over authentic Bahraini cuisine has curated a special Ramadan menu designed to bring friends and loved ones together.  The Ramadan Iftar at Café Delices is offered at AED99 per person while the Sohour Set Menus are offered at AED 90 per guest. The Ramadan Ghabgha Snacks Menu at Café Delices … Continue reading Experience authentic Ramadan experiences at Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay

Historic Grandeur: Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Shereen Shabnam Dubrovnik in Croatia is a city for all seasons and one of the world’s most prominent tourist destinations. Surrounded by unique medieval ramparts, Dubrovnik attracts visitors for its rich history, mild climate, traditional hospitality and its many festivals, open-air events and architectural treasures. I spent a few days exploring Dubrovnik, a UNESCO registered protected world heritage site during the evening and enjoyed the charm of bustling streets, historic buildings, colourful art and different cultural events. Walking along the promenade during the day meant coming across various art and artefacts on sale as well as live music performances. The … Continue reading Historic Grandeur: Dubrovnik, Croatia

On The Road in Andalusia

Seville, Granada and Cordoba By Shereen Shabnam Ever since I bought a home in Spain, visiting Andalusia, a Moorish empire named for Al-Andalus (Arabic for “land of the west”) has always been top of my agenda to immerse myself in the history and character of the Iberian Peninsula. My last Andalusian road adventure lasted three weeks filled wandering through narrow, white washed alleys, relaxing siesta, tapas bars, historical monuments, lush green gardens and so much more. I drove to over nine cities but my experiences in Seville, Granada and Cordoba were the most memorable. Seville I started my journey from … Continue reading On The Road in Andalusia

Palatial Opulence: Corinthia Hotel London

By Shereen Shabnam London is always a good idea … and the place you select to stay in makes the London experience that much better and in my case, there are three hotels that I select each time, one of which is the Corinthia Hotel London, rated amongst London’s finest 5-star luxury hotels. I love the fact that this palatial property combines traditional grandeur with modern freshness and the luxuriously redesigned Victorian destination is ideally located in the heart of London, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions. The primary reason I selected this property was to … Continue reading Palatial Opulence: Corinthia Hotel London

A RARE Experience

By Shereen Shabnam During one of my manic days, I had a chance to escape to Meliã Desert Palm Dubai to have a private lunch at RARE with a Swiss brand and fell in love with the simple yet lush fare.  Located on an extensive polo estate, the resort is nestled amidst lush polo fields and sitting at the patio and the view from RARE, a restaurant that is known for the best steaks in town, offers an oasis of calm. We started our meet and greet outside sipping detox mocktails before the lunch. I always judge a chef by … Continue reading A RARE Experience

Fresh and Flavoursome: Bebabel Dubai Mall

While talking about cars and racing at the Autodrome one Friday afternoon, I got invited by a fellow petrolhead to try some classic levant dishes at Bebabel, located in the Dubai Mall’s new fashion avenue extension. It took me a while to find the resttaurant that is set in a stylish contemporary setting, offering breath-taking views of Dubai’s most iconic fountain and Burj Khalifa.  Bebabel serves a mouthwatering selection of delicious hot and cold mezzes and wholesome main dishes. The menu features various egg dishes, talatas, salads, grills, mushrooms, cheese and soujouk served with fresh juices, teas and coffees all … Continue reading Fresh and Flavoursome: Bebabel Dubai Mall

Healthy and Delicious

Eat Well Restaurant at Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre By Shereen Shabnam Years ago, while searching for ayurvedic massages in Dubai, I came across Dubai Herbal & Treatment Centre and became a regular visitor – even more so when they opened the Eat Well Restaurant that literally heals your relationship with food because each dish is tasty, healthy and the chef uses ingredients that nourish the body. The menu offers a wide range of dishes that are nutrient dense, high in antioxidants and filled with ingredients that gives you a natural health boost. I love the fact the dishes include … Continue reading Healthy and Delicious

Fusion of Delightful Flavours: Mamak

By Shereen Shabnam After over a decade of living in Kuala Lumpur, we moved to the UAE and missed eating freshly made Roti Canai with delicious frothy Teh Tarik in the mornings finding out that the local parathas just did not give the same satisfaction. Until we found Mamak based in the Al Wasl Square next to Safa Park and it continues to bring immense pleasure to us and anyone who is a fan of Malaysian food. Malaysian food has a combination of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences and is usually spicy and aromatic with rich tastes of herbs and spices commonly … Continue reading Fusion of Delightful Flavours: Mamak

An Aura of Elegance: Hotel Du Palais

Shereen Shabnam I fell in love with Biarritz the minute I got off the train. Facing the Ocean Atlantic and on the beach “La Grande Plage de Biarritz” near the city center of Biarritz, the prestigious sea side deluxe Hotel du Palais of Biarritz was breathtaking at first sight. Walking into the reception area, I had images of the past filled with memories of Gala evenings and stately affairs of the past era. During one of my visits to France over the last few years, I go back in time when I experienced the best of all that a luxury … Continue reading An Aura of Elegance: Hotel Du Palais

Return to Budapest

Shereen Shabnam After a few delightful days in Prague, we took a train to Budapest to experience the city’s rich history, natural sites and their thermal springs.  I expected my second visit to Budapest to be an adventure going into areas not discovered in my first trip but I was drawn once again into doing everything I did before and more.  The Danube cruise is magical and the view of the city from Gellert Hill is a breathtaking experience as always but Budapest has so much more to offer. My first task was to find a hotel conveniently located in … Continue reading Return to Budapest