It’s not often you get to utter the words, “Welcome to the World’s Greatest Show”, but this month, we can… Expo 2020 threw open its doors in Dubai with signature fan-fare, creating a tidal wave of pride for those who have witnessed its birth, from conception to actualization. A critical convergence of great minds, even greater ideas and a unified vision to celebrate today and build a better tomorrow, there’s never been a greater time to bring the world together –191 countries of it, that is. With each country pushing the realms of inspiration and innovation with wild and wonderful activations and explorations – from pavilions and parades, to workshops, concerts and street festivals – it’s an opportunity-rich world fair and I feel incredibly proud to have it on our doorstep. Explore at leisure…

From the Middle East to Madrid, and we spend 48 hours in the capital, tasting tapas, soaking up history at a Turkish bath and checking into Mandarin Oriental Madrid’s newly-refurbed property in the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’.

We enjoy more city exploits in Dubai, with a stay at Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites, to experience the limitless luxury of its ‘ultra all-inclusive’ approach, and welcome The St. Regis Downtown property to Dubai’s hospitality landscape, a design-forward property that oozes both timeless grace and contemporary urban sophistication.


Emily Baxter-Priest