SARAH WALTON: If you happen to find yourself in Doha by accident, and a lot of people do, here’s a guide to the high-spots.
SARAH WALTON: She’s a force of nature who looks as if she’ll fit in perfectly. But what’s her take on the glitz and glamour of Dubai?
SARAH WALTON: It’s a place of simple but genuine pleasures, truly a delightful destination in Oman
SARAH WALTON: The deserts of the UAE – and beyond -provide a magical experience whatever end of the luxury spectrum you happen to inhabit.
SARAH WALTON: You can be ensconced in luxurious paradise just eight hours from leaving your home in Dubai. Sri Lanka’s coast offers stunning surprises.
SARAH WALTON: How to savour the sensory delights of Dubai’s most famous hotel without paying $1,800 for a night. I have a cunning plan.
SARAH WALTON: The relentless tyrrany of Christmas makes me a quivering wreck. It’s time to escape Santa’s clutches and head for the surf.
SARAH WALTON: It’s gorgeous, the food is delicious and it’s incredibly good value. So why do I have a problem with The Farm?
SARAH WALTON: I’ve done the hard yards in the service industry so I feel entitled to comment on the appalling nature of service in restaurants here.
SARAH WALTON: They don’t make it easy for you to reach some of Oman’s tourist treasures but with a little effort you’ll find it. Certainly worth the trouble.
SARAH WALTON: Our own dishes on the night were staples. Smoked salmon and prawn cocktail to start. Steak and risotto for mains, and Eton Mess for dessert.
SARAH WALTON: An imported brand that hopes to sell gastro-pub at inflated prices. Hey ho, we’re used to this sort of thing in Dubai.
THE HEDONISTA: Forget the tackiness of Petra by day, just appreciate its true wonder by candlelight
THE HEDONISTA: When the day inevitably arrives and I wave goodbye to the Middle East I’ll miss many aspects of life here.