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Cursty Mitchell

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.

Steven Bond

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

Lau­rel Mun­shower

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

Kris Karacin­ski

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.

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