Now based between the UAE and rural Bulgaria, Cursty began her career more than a decade ago reporting for the United Nations Mission in Sudan. Several countries, journalism fields and babies later, she now splits her time between covering parenting and education stories in the UAE and breeding horses on her family farm in Bulgaria. When she’s not working, Cursty enjoys exploring both countries with her daughters, Millie and Eva, and she says of their visit to Lapita Hotel Dubai and Legoland Dubai (page 72) that “enjoying the girls’ pleasure and their child-like wonder is infectious,” and they will be visiting the park again soon.
Ticking off 50 countries, including many visited during his tenure as news editor at Destinations of the World News, travel journalist Steven Bond sees each new stamp in the passport as an opportunity to balance exploration with education. A road-trip aficionado, Steven’s travels have taken him from the UK and Kenya to Macau and Malta and for this issue, he explores the less touristic, though no less fascinating, city of Riyadh (page 50). “I’d been warned about going to far-flung, exotic countries and drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid yet somehow I ended up going to Saudi Arabia and drinking camel milk,” he says. “It was warm, wholesome and memorable – and yes I’m talking about the trip, not the udder one.” @stevenjohnbond
A fine arts graduate who caught the travel bug after a summer abroad studying Europe’s Renaissance art, travel writer Laurel Munshower is a nine-year resident of Dubai with travel tastes and experiences that vary from trekking the Nepalese Himalayas to watching an opera in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre in Turkey. This time, she explores a “city-within-a-city” right in the heart of her adoptive home of Dubai (page 60). “What makes Al Habtoor City such an appealing destination is its ability to offer such a wide variety of experiences,” she says “You want 24/7 butler servcei in elegant accommodation as well as a thumping club night out, just steps away from each other? No problem.” @travelaurel
Art director and budding motoring journalist, Kris has reviewed a series of vehicles for the magazine’s motoring section, cruising along Sheikh Zayed Road and occasionally the winding mountain roads of Oman to test all manner of supercars. This month, he gets behind the wheel of the Audi S5 coupé for a weekend, and puts the European beauty through its paces on page 104. “Audi has done a fantastic job of keeping the design subtle yet aggressive – enough to let other road users know they shouldn’t mess with you,” he says.