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Escape

Our travel and leisure section presents an escape to choice destinations and recreational activities, introducing readers to a world of first-class rest and relaxation.

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Chef Isaac Carew is handsome, easy-going and confident. Perhaps that’s why audiences are devouring everything he’s serving up.more
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We’ve loved La Petite Maison ever sinced it opened in Nice in the late 1980s. But now that it’s becoming a global force to be recokoned with, we thought it time to salute the magic of LPM and also investigate the truth behind its rapid expansion.more
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Seven years on, Philippe Massoud’s ilili , the New York-based Mediterranean fusion restaurant is busy redefining the concept of Lebanese cuisine.more

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Visa pour l'Image returns for a 29th time with all the best photojournalism from around the world. This year, some of the best works at the two-week festival in the South of France offer a timely reminder of the human cost of war in Iraq.more
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Ethereal women dominate Hayv Kahraman’s paintings. With a style that reveals Persian, Japanese and Italian influences, the 33-year-old Iraqi artist creates works that are as beautiful as they are unsettling.more
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From Tunisia’s congested streets to the abandoned Star Wars film set in the desert, graffiti artist eL Seed, has moved on to make his mark in cities ranging from Doha and Jeddah to Paris and New York.more
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Sensual in their asymmetry, Nathalie Khayat’s pottery is imbued with a savage sophistication. Somewhat stark in its whiteness, vibrant, almost moving, the ceramicist’s works are like frozen moments.more

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Byblos is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and Alice Eddé is the unlikely American making sure no one forgets about its extraordinary past.more
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There are so many good hotels in Paris these days it’s hard to decide where to stay but the Mandarin Oriental, with its discreet obsession for perfection, is a worthy contender.more
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As odd as it sounds, a walking safari tracking endangered black rhinos through the Kenyan bush is a tranquil adventure – that is of course, as long as you don’t let them track you first.more
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Amsterdam may be small and easy to navigate by bike, but it’s never dull. A prime example of progressive living, bottled inside a charming 17th century city, it offers art, culture and gastronomic delights in spades.more
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Indonesia is consistently ranked among the world’s happiest places and its secret is in finding harmony through paired-down simplicity and gratitude.more
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your picks
Since Christie’s opened a regional hub in Dubai over a decade ago, their combination of semi-annual auctions of regional art and the creation of a window through which Arab clients transact in international sales has helped the Middle East account for eight per cent of the company’s global turnover.
The once perilously fast Mille Miglia road race may have turned into a bit of beauty parade but it’s still a one-of-a-kind occasion that’ll get enthusiasts’ adrenaline pumping.
With more participants than ever before, Design Days Dubai, the region’s first fair dedicated to collectible and limited-edition furniture and design objects, is garnering ever more interest.
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