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:…

The new Seabourn Quest is on its maiden

See the naming ceremony on youtube [youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/sYdbqMQkBr4″ title=”Naming%20ceremony%20of%20Seabourne%20Quest”]   Seabourn Cruises website From world-renowned musicians and chefs to politicians, historians and international relations experts, the diverse group of personalities will share their expert insights with guests during various segments of the voyage. Space is available for guests wishing to book segments. Seabourn Quest’s World…

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…

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…

Good Karma in Bali

Teak furniture, traditional crafts and irreplaceable antique fittings. Inviting furnishings in subtle shades of chocolate, coffee, bronze and copper: Bali seems to be developing a style all its own, and all its resorts are going with the flow. In its own way, each establishment nevertheless remains unmistak-able. The Karma Kandara is a fine example: In…