All posts by Siobhan Downes

Top picks: 10 of the best beach clubs and hotel pools in Dubai By Siobhan Downes

Here’s where you can really make a splash.

Want to get away over National Day? Here are 8 excellent travel ideas By Siobhan Downes

We’ve pulled together some last-minute breaks for the likely long weekend (with something for all budgets).


Meet the tour guide who is showing a different side of Dubai By Siobhan Downes

Nada Badran wants visitors to the city to know that there is more to Dubai than meets the eye.

8 times Queen Rania and King Abdullah gave us serious relationship goals By Siobhan Downes

The world might be obsessed with Prince William and Kate – but when it comes to royal love stories, we keep coming back to King Abdullah and Queen Rania.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this Saturday By Siobhan Downes

The long awaited art museum will officially open its doors to the public on November 11.

Is Royal Jordanian the world’s sassiest airline? By Siobhan Downes

There’s a reason why this carrier has a crown in its logo – it’s firmly established itself as the king of one-liners.

Ever wondered what it’s really like to be a flight attendant? Meet SkyFlyGirl… By Siobhan Downes

This flight attendant for one of the world’s best airlines is documenting all of her adventures on YouTube.

An Emirati woman used an abaya to save a man on fire By Siobhan Downes

The brave 22-year-old has been described as a heroine after coming to a truck driver’s rescue.

This Saudi university is opening a driving school for women By Siobhan Downes

Plans are already in motion to get women behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia.

A long weekend has just been announced in the UAE… By Siobhan Downes

Public and private sector workers will have Thursday off to mark Islamic New Year.

Sheikh Mohammed just opened a centre for youth in Dubai By Siobhan Downes

“The youth of the UAE deserve the best and we expect the best from them.”

This hijabi rugby fan is making headlines in New Zealand By Siobhan Downes

Her unique hijab has caught the rugby-mad nation’s attention.

Gigi and Bella Hadid embraced their Arab roots at New York Fashion Week By Siobhan Downes

The supermodel sisters were the perfect choice for the Arabian Nights-themed Marc Jacobs show.

Muslim women in this country are now free to marry non-Muslim men By Siobhan Downes

This is a big step forward for Muslim women’s rights.