Fresh and Flavoursome: Bebabel Dubai Mall

By Shereen Shabnam 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…

Top five places to visit in the UAE

By Shereen Shabnam As a Lifestyle, Travel and Motoring journalist, I spend a substantial amount of time on the road and recently, I decided to do my test drives with a purpose and with the aim of getting to a new or attraction around the different Emirates. Below are some of my favourite places in…

Incredible India: A sanctuary for wellness retreats

By Shereen Shabnam India has always been an interesting destination with fascinating diversity but now it is on the top of the list for tour operators and others in the industry for short breaks and wellness retreats. Regional residents always look at India for medical tourism and wellness sector. It is a multi-faceted tourist destination…

Return to Budapest

By 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…

Home away from Home: Huus Gstaad

By Shereen Shabnam In search of Alpine experiences with a touch of comfort, we recently had the most memorable holiday at HUUS Gstaad, a warm homely hotel nestled among the rolling peaks of the Bernese Alps with the best views in all of Gstaad. Unpretentious, the friendly and down to earth staff went above and…

Sandbank Picnics to Sunset Escapades

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa By Shereen Shabnam After a period of not travelling for nearly a year, heading to Maldives was indeed a treat and a few days at the award-winning Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa brought so many memorable moments. The resort is home to an exquisite collection of…

The Lion City: Singapore

By Shereen Shabnam Singapore was my favorite cosmopolitan city for weekend visits during my nine years in Kuala Lumpur.  As students took the overnight train and ventured the streets for culinary experiences trying hawker food, Indian food, seafood, scrumptious Chinese cuisine and strolled through the lovely hiking trails or enjoy the beaches in the South….

Perfect Portugal

By Shereen Shabnam When I look back at my time in Portugal, what comes to mind is the medieval castles, palaces, hilltop castles, picturesque cobblestone villages, bustling towns and great food. My favourite time was sitting in the open-air cafes, watching the locals while enjoying freshly baked bread, delicious fried sardines served with sauces of…

Pearl of the Orient: Penang Malaysia

By Shereen Shabnam During my nine years in Malaysia, Penang was the most popular local exotic holiday destination we used to head to for a dose of cultural sights and natural scenery. Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its many soft sandy beaches and viewed as the food capital of…

The Enchanting Land of Wonders: Bali Indonesia

By Shereen Shabnam Bali is always a good idea – Living in Asia for nearly a decade was an adventure and being mainly in Malaysia meant that we lived and learned a lot about nearby countries such as Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore where similar languages were spoken. Indonesia held a lot of fascination for many…