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…

At home at the Monarchs in Dubai

While the major hotel chains outdo each other with ever more pompous constructions, The Monarch prefers to stay aloof from the fray. With only 37 floors to its name, the comparatively diminutive building (number one on the important Sheikh Zayed Road) aims simply to become the most distinguished hotel in the -emirate. The private limousine…