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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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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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IDAM, Alain Ducasse’s first venture in the Gulf is located at the top of I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, boasts an interior designed by Philippe Starck and is already proving one of the most popular restaurants in the region.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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Working with materials others consider unlovely rubbish, Theo Kamecke crafts exquisite pieces of sculpture that embody duality and which belong simultaneously to the ancient past and the far-flung future.more

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Offering much more than your usual five-star accommodation, cuisine, and even destination, Oetker Collection’s collaboration with Somewhere Else is going to completely alter the way you view travel.more
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To lower its reliance on oil, Oman is betting on tourism. Billions are being invested into a burgeoning hospitality industry that’s actively shunning glitter and artifice for a more solid foundation of world-class service in spectacular settings.more
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If you’re looking for the archetypal tropical escape, the Seychelles, the Maldives or even Bodrum might do the trick. But if paradise found is what you’re after, might we suggest Thanda. Situated on Shungi Mbili, a tiny private island off the east coast of Tanzania, this getaway proves there is heavenliness in taking it slow.more
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Forget the economy. Forget the mass of tourists. Forget the beaches. In fact, you can forget about pretty much everything while you’re enjoying the decadent simplicity of authentic Aegean fare. Though its cuisine may be eerily similar to Middle Eastern food, you’d better not ask who did it first.more
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As the saying goes, there are three things that matter in property: location, location, location. The new Four Seasons in Dubai, the second to open in the Emirate, fits the bill, as it can be found tucked away in the heart of the financial district.more
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your picks
Dubai-based ready-to-wear designer Lama Jouni teams traditional techniques with a forward-looking approach.
The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk is not one to shy away from outlandish goals. His latest involves colonising Mars via manned missions that should start as soon as 2022.
Sometimes there comes a story of someone overcoming adversity such as war, poverty, and displacement – to achieve beyond expectation. The story of Mark Haidar is one of those.
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