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Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home You know what they say..."take only pictures, leave only memories." But what if you want to take it home with you? That searing pad ka prow that leaves a film of sweat on your brow, a fragrant bouillabaisse, schnitzel so thin and crisp it practically floats? What you need...

Terrible seat assignment kills airline passenger

Terrible seat assignment kills airline passenger When Nas Air flight XY 720 from Beirut landed in Riyadh, airport workers found just how severe having the worst seat on the flight can be. The passenger wasn't alive any more, of course ... oh, and he was found on the landing gear. The corpse, ostensibly cold, has been...

Seven new hotels around the world from Fairmont in 2010

Seven new hotels around the world from Fairmont in 2010 This year promises to be exciting for fans of the Fairmont. New properties are set to open in London, China and many other cities, each with a distinct style. There's no question that the Fairmont has the art and science of hospitality mastered, so these new properties are...

Homesick Indian man locks himself in airplane bathroom for a free trip back home

Homesick Indian man locks himself in airplane bathroom for a free trip back home An Indian man working as an airplane cleaner in the Saudi city of Medina was feeling so homesick, that he locked himself in the bathroom of an Air India plane for a free trip back home. The man was discovered 30 minutes into the flight, most likely when the flight...

The half a Billion Dollar flying palace - Rolls Royce not included

The half a Billion Dollar flying palace - Rolls Royce not included Holy crap. That is about the only response I have to this Airbus A380 being developed for Saudi prince al-Waleed bin Talal. Of course, the prince has not officially announced that this will indeed be his new home on the road, but enough news has been pieced together to link...

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (3.27.09)

Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (3.27.09) If it's Friday, it must mean it's time for another installment of our Gadling and BootsnAll Picks of the Week, a weekly series where we take a look at some of the top stories from the past seven days from our travel partners at BootsnAll. Let's take a look at what made the...

Huge dust storm plunges Saudi capital into total darkness

Riyadh was hit by a massive dust storm this afternoon, shutting down all air traffic and forcing residents inside. With visibility under 200 meters, most traffic came to a standstill. The video you see above was actually taken right before the capital of Saudi Arabia was...

Smoking hurts on Saudi airline

Smoking hurts on Saudi airline For a smoker, nothing is more miserable than staring down a long flight without being able to light up. As if air travel isn't enough of a chore, various regulations and health nuts have taken away our preferred coping mechanism. A Sudanese man fought back ... and paid...

Saudi Arabia Opens Up to Visitors

Saudi Arabia Opens Up to Visitors As the global economy continues to spiral downward, and the price of oil hovers around the $40/barrel, down more than $100 from last summer, Middle Eastern countries are looking for new opportunities to bolster their coffers. To that end, Saudi Arabia has begun opening its...

One website is your guide to local etiquette

One website is your guide to local etiquette Ever wondered how much you need to tip at restaurants while abroad? Or how many cheek kisses to give a new acqutainance? Or whether, in a particular country, it's proper to wear shorts? (I'm looking at you, Andrew Zimmern!) One website has all the answers to those questions,...

Oprah a hit with women in Saudi Arabia

Oprah a hit with women in Saudi Arabia Admittedly, I watched Oprah's talk show when I lived in Singapore. Not often, but sometimes. The room with our TV was the only one with air-conditioning, so that had something to do with it. Still, there was a familiarity in all the advice. Plus, since the shows were not...

Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly passed law

Men are not allowed to walk dogs (or cats) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia due to newly passed law The reason why men aren't allowed to walk dogs or take cats out on a stroll in Riyadh as of Wednesday is because they aren't allowed to buy pets there any more. A hamster, maybe. A goldfish, probably, but not a dog or a cat. If a person has a pet already, the person can keep...

"No Reservations" season 4, episode 13: Saudi Arabia

Location: This week's episode takes us to Saudi Arabia, where Tony is guided by the winner of the No Reservations FAN-atic contest, Danya Alhamrani. The master of strange destinations heads to the land of camels, deserts and oil to take a "peek behind the veil" of one of the...

Saudi Arabia's new mind-boggling cultural center

Saudi Arabia's new mind-boggling cultural center The Middle East is proving to be the mad-architect's dream come true. Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of a new cultural center, and this is what it's going to look like: Just out of this world. It will have a library, museum, theater and cinema. When a country has an...

Hulk Hogan, Osama Bin Laden and a pair of Red Wings

Hulk Hogan, Osama Bin Laden and a pair of Red Wings I heard part of an interview with Morgan Spurlock, the creator of the documentary, "Where in the World is Osama bin Laden" yesterday. The film, which opens today, sounds as if it might be more travelogue with a twist of the Middle East. Spurlock visits places as varied as...

Saudi plane catches fire while landing in Bangladesh

Saudi plane catches fire while landing in Bangladesh If Saudi flights are anything like those in Pakistan, they probably begin with a prayer. Though it's, of course, always good to have Allah on your side, having the flight attendants lead a prayer before taking off does not inspire confidence. But maybe it helped in this...

Churches in Saudi Arabia?

Churches in Saudi Arabia? Cultural changes in Saudi Arabia have been a frequent topic on Gadling. We've talked about advancements such as: Saudi women being allowed to drive, controversial books being permitted distribution, bans on photography being lifted, and restrictions such as men imprisoned...

Will single women ever be able to travel to Saudi Arabia?

Will single women ever be able to travel to Saudi Arabia? It annoys me to think that I will probably never be able to go to Saudi Arabia unless I marry an Arab. Saudi Arabia is not on my priority list of places to visit, but other than the Levant (Jordan, Syria, Lebanon), it's the country that calls my attention the most. Having...

Saudi Arabia arrests 57 men for flirting at mall

Saudi Arabia arrests 57 men for flirting at mall Now that woman can finally drive and stay in hotels alone in Saudi Arabia, it seems the men who call the largest country in Arabia home think they too can loosen up a bit. They're wrong. The country's "religious police" interrogated 57 men today for "for flirting with women...

Saudi women now allowed to stay in hotels alone

Saudi women now allowed to stay in hotels alone As a woman I am always partial to questions of global women's issues. Tackling the world on your own as a woman definitely has its struggles and delights, but most importantly, it makes you more aware of the treatment of women across the globe. Fortunately I am happy to...

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