THE TERM “STAYCATION”, RE­FER­RING TO A HOL­I­DAY SPENT AT HOME RATHER THAN

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abroad, is a clever lit­tle port­man­teau of “stay-at-home” and “va­ca­tion” that has be­come in­grained in our ver­nac­u­lar. It’s used as lib­er­ally as sun­screen in the UAE, most prob­a­bly be­cause of the re­gion’s con­cen­tra­tion of su­perla­tive five-star ho­tels and re­sorts. Per­haps with the ex­cep­tion of the mid­dle of sum­mer, stay­ing put in the UAE for a hol­i­day never seems an ar­du­ous task when there are so many grown-up play­grounds beck­on­ing with plea­sure

seek­ing pur­suits like brunches and beach days. Which is why in this special Ara­bia edi­tion, we’ve ded­i­cated a size­able por­tion to re­view­ing some of Dubai’s finest lux­ury stays.

Few fash­ion houses con­jure up such glam­our than Ver­sace and if you are a lover of the mai­son, I can whole­heart­edly rec­om­mend ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the full im­mer­sion at Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai (page 42), a five-star tem­ple ded­i­cated to Ver­sace’s de­sign man­i­festo and phi­los­o­phy, with out­stand­ing din­ing and op­u­lence at ev­ery turn. For those who can’t make up their mind what they de­sire from a ho­tel (night­clubs and pool par­ties? Spas and cham­pagne bars?), there is cer­tain to be some­thing to ap­peal at the Al Habtoor City trio: The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai Al Habtoor City, and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Dubai’s own “city within a city” (page 60) also hap­pens to be home to the 1,300-seat theatre where Dubai’s first res­i­dent en­ter­tain­ment show, La Perle, opens this month. Of course, we haven’t for­got­ten the dis­cern­ing fam­i­lies, and if you’re cu­ri­ous to dis­cover what the re­cently opened Le­goland® Dubai is like, let writer Cursty Mitchell guide you through her fam­ily’s en­chant­ing ex­pe­ri­ence stay­ing at Mar­riott’s Poly­ne­sian-in­spired Lapita Ho­tel Dubai (page 72), lo­cated in­side the park – a bona fide dream come true for kids. Just over the border, writer Steven Bond re­counts his ex­pe­ri­ence vis­it­ing Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia’s po­lit­i­cal, fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive cap­i­tal, as a guest of the new inaugural King Ab­du­laziz Camel Fes­ti­val, held this year in March. Along with be­com­ing bet­ter ac­quainted with beau­ti­ful drom­e­daries, Steven also had a chance to ex­plore a lit­tle and muses on a city that is evolv­ing at the king­dom’s own pace (page 50). Else­where in the is­sue, we fea­ture a VIP guide to the thrilling night race, the F1 Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix (page 38), Miche­lin-starred chef Vir­gilio Martínez shares his favourite haunts in Lima, Peru, for cer­viche, cock­tails and stand­out cof­fee (page 88), while Kris Karacin­ski re­views Audi’s S5 Coupé (page 104). Once again, I wish you an­other month of in­spir­ing trav­els. I hope you en­joy the is­sue.

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