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Abu Dhabi has its Lou­vre, a land­mark for its de­sign and for car­ry­ing the Paris nam@es. an­other emi­rate, Qatar, has an­nounced the open­ing next year of its own mu­seum, also de­signed by in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tect Jean Nou­vel.

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The mu­seum will tell the story of Qatar from more than 700 mil­lion years ago through to to­day, and in­te­grate art­works by Qatari and in­ter­na­tional artists, rare and pre­cious ob­jects, doc­u­men­tary mat Oenri pa Inl st aer ned st in­ter­ac­tive lea Or nip nIng te rest op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out 11 gal­leries.

Visi­tors will be able to see the Pearl Car­pet of Bar­oda, com­mis­sioned in 1865, em­broi­dered with more than 1.5 mil­lion Gulf peVaIar­lesm, an Il de sac­dapo­ernedw it he V mI aer ma al Idlse,s cape dia@mne­ownsd.csOamn.adusap­phires. QM.ORG.QA/EN/


With to­day the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of WWI, thoughts might turn to ways to ex­plOon­reFaAceub­sOtOrak­lians’ wartime hist@oersy­cian­peE.cuOrmo.paeu. U-Tracks has an eight-day, self-guided cy­cling tour through the Somme in France and Flan­ders in Bel­gium that vis­its sites of im­por­tance to Al­lied troops.

The ride fol­lows the Western Front along quiet roads and bike paths, stop­ping at places ded­i­cated to WWI sol­diers, end­ing in the Bel­gian town of Bruges. Cy­cle the Western Front is priced from $2390pp twin share in ho­tel stays. Air­fares not in­cluded. UTRACKS.COM


North Amer­ica’s to­tal eclipse of the sun cre­ated a buzz last year, and in 2019 it’s South Amer­ica’s turn. The re­gion will see three to­tal so­lar 2019 to 2021, the first Chile on July 2. With astro-tourism a huge trend in travel, Latin Amer­ica spe­cial­ist Con­tours Travel has an overnight deal from San­ti­ago to see the so­lar Chile’s sec­ond old­est be­fore a one-night stay at the coastal town of Pichi­dan­gui. It’s priced from $1075 a per­son, twin-share. CON­TOURSTRAVEL.COM.AU


Ac­cess to North and South Amer­i­can ski­fields keeps grow­ing with the Ikon Pass. The sea­son pass, which also cov­ers Thredbo in NSW, can now be used across 37 des­ti­na­tions with CpIan­nteardeast’s world-renowned Sk­iBig3 – Banff Sun­shine, Lake Louise, and Mt Norquay – and Valle Ne­vado in Chile join­ing for the 2018-19 sea­son. The pass pro­vides un­lim­ited ac­cess to 14 des­ti­na­tions and up to seven days at oth­ers for $US1049 (about by De­cem­ber 13. IKONPASS.COM


A spec­tac­u­lar new build­ing will trace sto­ries dat­ing back 700 mil­lion years.

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