Phileas French

Travel Writer

Phileas French

Phileas French

Travel Writer | Exploring every country in the world, one adventure at a time

Top 2016 Destinations for Shopping and Adventure in the Middle East and Europe

  After a recent first time trip to Kuwait, it's been fun to return to writing about destinations in the Middle East. I've had the pleasure of travelling all over the Persian Gulf, including three years living in Muscat and multiple trips to the UAE, but Dubai  remains the stand-out option for family fun and winter sun. Dubai has been firmly o...
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Qatar Airways: The World's Best Airline?

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We flew Qatar Airways recently in order to spend a week in Doha. Our expectation were, ahem, *sky high*, given the accolades that they've won, including World's Best Airline Awards at the World Airline Awards in both 2011 and 2012. First signs were good, with generous legroom and reasonably comfy seats. The crew are friendly but harassed. Unaware h...
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Dhow Cruise in Doha

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We had wandered up and down the Corniche for a few days, hovering rather cluelessly near the Museum of Islamic Art, before we eventually achieved our goal of taking a sunset boat ride around West Bay, with spectacular views of the city skyline.   What finally galvanised us was the presence of my dear old schoolfriend Lisa, a longtime Qatar resident...
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Brunch in Dubai

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Any visitor to, or resident of, Dubai will let you know that Friday brunch is both a national institution and a major treat. I wrote a guide to this interesting cultural phenomenon for Travel Culture Magazine, grounded particularly in my experiences with my family at the crazily OTT Ritz-Carlton "Splendido" brunch. We were staying at Atlantis The P...
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My Guest Blog on Dubai for The Adventure Travel Shop

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I was pleased to write a second guest blog for The Adventure Travel Shop , Downtime in Dubai. For a quick family adventure during the worst months of winter weather, Dubai is justly popular. Travel time from the UK is significantly lower than that to other winter sun favourites like the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. However, the explosion in luxu...
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