Hello and welcome to a new edition of Rotana Lifestyle – our exclusive digital platform offering plenty of inspiration on all things travel, art, fashion, food and more
What is the first memory that springs to mind when you think about the last time you travelled? That peaceful stroll along the shore at sunset; the heady aromas of a busy street food market; that delicious five-course meal; listening to the locals regale you with tales about their culture; or perhaps, being rewarded with glorious views after a challenging hike.
After every trip, what you remember most vividly are not the long queues at the airport, the jetlag or adjusting back to the humdrum of daily life. What you take with you are the pleasant memories of a vacation well spent. If Eugene Levy's acclaimed new show The Reluctant Traveler is something to go by, it's the immersive experiences you enjoy on a break that truly make a holiday! It's these experiences that remain with you for life and that keep you riding high until it's time to jet off once again.
The year we are in is full of possibilities for new travels and unique adventures. And so we have dedicated this issue to the very best experiences you can enjoy during your next trip.
Close to home, the emirate of Sharjah is drawing the world's attention, thanks to its range of fascinating cultural gems, from the immersive Rain Room to its inspiring museums. If a trip to the emirate is on the cards, our itinerary can help you plan the perfect break.
Moving further afield, Africa's largest country is calling! With a new Rotana property set to open soon in the charming city of Oran, our guide to this Mediterranean town will help you make the most of your trip and discover a new side to Algeria, just a few hops away from the fiery dunes of the Sahara.
As we introduce this issue at the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the faithful all over the world are in the midst of one of the most significant periods on the Islamic calendar. Bookending this time is Eid Al Fitr in April and Eid Al Adha in June, which is why, there could not have been a better time to highlight some of the most magnificent (yet, lesser-known) mosques in this part of the world. Whether you're looking to gain deeper insights into the local culture or capture that perfect Insta-worthy shot, these places of worship are a must-add to your list.
No travel experience is complete without a round of shopping and so our showcase for the season covers the best finds for Spring/Summer 2023, before we round it off with a preview of the upcoming Met Gala and our tribute to English designer Vivienne Westwood.
Over at Rotana, we're gearing up for a busy season ahead, with our upcoming participation in the 30th edition of Arabian Travel Market in May 2023, where we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on our sustainability initiatives and reinforce our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. And, as always, we are eager to deliver a wholesome hospitality experience that will soon become yet another beautiful travel memory.
So, what travel experience will you chase this season? We hope you find just the inspiration you're looking for while browsing this edition.
Until next time,
President & CEO