Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Opens the 493-room Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. continues to show its strong commitment to the Middle East with the opening today of The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. The palatial hotel, with 493 rooms and suites, is prominently situated next to the Diplomatic Quarter and adjacent to the King Abdul Aziz Convention Centre, one of the largest in the region…

In the heat of the night – Racing at over 180 mph through Asia’s financial heart

The idea was to lure both the world‘s jet-setters and well-heeled tourists. And indeed, thousands of Asian millionaires have already found asylum here, drawn by Singapore‘s wealth-friendly tax system and huge government spending to jack up the general standard of living. Outsized floodlights turn darkness to light for nightshift construction workers from every country you…

The pique of excellence – Abu Dhabi reaches for the stars

[portfolio_slideshow] For years, the capital of the United Arab Emirates stood in the ­shadow of Dubai. The latter seemed literally to be exploding out of the desert. Its stellar rise to become the foremost financial and service hub in the Middle East initially captured the attention only of the international business press, however. No longer:…

Welcome to St. Petersburg

The Corinthia Hotel [portfolio_slideshow] Grandeur and elegance in abundance, striking architecture, authentic Russian heritage. An unforgettable guest experience – in a venue of rare distinction. Recently re-opened following the sensitive renovation of two magnificent 19th century buildings, the multi award-winning Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg offers every conceivable modern luxury, including the finest dining facilities, for…

Market in Kashgar, China

Kashgar: Melting pot for so many ethnic groups and so many languages

Few places on Earth have traditionally been melting pots for so many ethnic groups and so many languages of such utterly different types. For whoever came here – whether they came as warriors or merchants, as Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Christians or Moslems – Kashgar has always been more than just a place name. Kashgar is an…