Sasha Wood

The wordy wanderer

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An incorrigible scribbler with an incurable case of wanderlust, my curiosity for Arabia piqued as a teenager visiting the Red Sea Rift where four countries – Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel – intersect. I've been making forays into the Middle East ever since, discovering a world of contrasts, old and new, traditional and modern, timeless and constantly changing. I write about the region's rich heritage, natural attractions, new developments and novel experiences, sharing my cultural encounters and personal adventures.

Sasha Wood

Sasha's Been There Done That

  • Swam in a secret desert spring
  • Dashed around sand dunes on a quad
  • Floated in the Dead Sea pretending to read a book
  • Spent a night with Bedouins under the desert stars
  • Gazed down on Dubai's glittering skyline after dark
  • Dived the coral reefs fringing the Arabian Peninsula

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  • 12 Jan 2019
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Dessert city: 7 top spots for a sweet treat in Dubai

Cool down with an ice cream sundae, splash out on gelato garnished in gold, visit one of the world’s biggest sweet shops, pig out in a New York-style bakery or witness the smoothest artisanal chocolate being hand-made – Dubai is chock-full of places to indulge your sweet side and we’ve rounded up seven of the best.
  • 08 Dec 2018
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Tea partea – 7 of Dubai's most indulgent and inventive afternoon teas

From tea at the top of the world’s tallest tower to a whimsical floral tea in a five-star hotel, Dubai does afternoon tea with a difference. With a multitude of venues offering their own take on the British tradition, here we select seven of the best places for an afternoon treat on a trip to the Middle East’s most extravagant city.
  • 10 Nov 2018
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For each a beach: Dubai's seven best strands of sand

From secret strands of golden sand and palm-studded peninsulas to chic urban beaches bustling with activities and exclusive enclaves with ultra-lux beach clubs, Dubai's snaking shore encompasses every kind of beach. Here we take a look at the seven best beaches for different types of traveller, mood or experience.
  • 06 Oct 2018
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Bazaar bonanza: 5 must-visit markets in Dubai

With shopping something of a national sport, Dubai is awash with glittering souks and malls, but here we take a look at its latest crop of open-air markets – from foodie and fashion to artisanal and flea markets – to reveal five of Dubai's hottest alternative shopping experiences and open-air marketplaces.
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