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Travel Bulletin Middle East in this section showcases some unique offerings be it an eco-vacation or going tech-savvy…

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Burj Khalifa with ‘Mission 828’

At the Top, Burj Khalifa unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) experience that simulates the real-feel of scaling all Burj Khalifa’s 160 habitable floors as well as take a hard-knuckle climb to the top of the spire – the highest point of the global icon. Mission 828, the new VR attraction, gives visitors the unprecedented opportunity to have the virtual experience of scaling to the pinnacle of the tower before taking a parachute-jump right down to The Dubai Fountain. It has been carefully simulated to take users on a four-minute journey that will give them a feel of what it is like to ascend and descend the tower in the most adventurous fashion. Mission 828 can be experienced through six VR pods at Level 125 and another at Level 124.

Eco-vehicles at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay has purchased its own fleet of seven of Nissan’s Pathfinder SV 4WD Hybrid vehicles, which will transport guests to the resort and take them for out-of-the-ordinary experiences in the surrounding region. The hybrid vehicles will also be used to take guests to Sense on the Edge, the resort’s fine dining experience on the mountaintop high above Zighy Bay. For adventure enthusiasts, the cars will be used for excursions to Dibba town and the resort’s own farm and to the marina to enjoy a cruise from the Dhahab yacht. The vehicles can also be used to transport guests to paragliding from the mountain-top or for off-roading trips to the Sabatyn plateau.

A Personal Shopping Experience

Four Seasons Hotels Dubai has partnered exclusively with Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols-Dubai to provide guests staying in the range of suites with a personal shopping experience across Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Guests can enjoy luxury transfers to their preferred mall (Dubai Mall or Mall of Emirates), a dedicated personal shopper and a choice of the following experiences – Best of Bloomingdale’s (Dubai Mall) which includes a dedicated personal shopping consultant who will meet and greet at the VIP entrance of Bloomingdale’s and escort the guest to a private fitting room showcasing a pre-selected assortment of the latest fashion items, a choice of a manicure, pedicure or blow dry at the store’s Aveda salon, a makeover from a professional makeup artist are just a few from the list. High Style at Harvey Nichols-Dubai (Mall of the Emirates) offers guests customizing purchases at the Personalization Bar; embroider, emboss, or engrave a name, monogram or another personal expression and post-shopping afternoon tea for two at the Emporio Armani Caffé among the many other options. The Stay and Shop experience is exclusively available to suite bookers only.

River Travel with Mekong Kingdoms Luxury Cruises

Minor Hotels is launching a selection of river cruises offering bespoke itineraries. Mekong Kingdoms cruises offers guests a fleet of five vessels with first-class services from gourmet meals to plush cabins, curated experiences both aboard and ashore. Travellers can join Mekong Kingdoms’ flagship ‘Bohème’, a 42-metre, 13 cabin luxury barge at Luang Prabang or Chiang Khong located near Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. The journey from Chiang Rai/Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang is two nights as it heads downstream. The upstream cruise takes three nights. Itineraries include guided jungle treks, a visit to the Pak Ou caves – with its limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over centuries. Guests can learn traditional weaving at Ban Baw and further discover rural Laos by mountain biking in the stunning village of Ban Houy Phalam.

Additional facilities include a range of diversions on-board such as sunrise yoga, Buddhist meditation, sunset cocktails, cooking demonstrations, jewellery making classes, fishing for giant catfish among the many others. For more privacy, there is ‘Gypsy’ an ultra-exclusive two-cabin cruiser perfect for one or more nights along the Mekong for up to four passengers, For shorter day trips in complete privacy, ‘Nomad’ provides couples with exclusivity for sunset cruises in Luang Prabang. ‘Play’ is a floating lounge ideal of private events or family adventure; suitable for up to 15 passengers with sundeck, private room, and a sound system. ‘Monsoon’ is a scheduled touring shuttle to the Pak Ou caves with canapés, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Mekong Kingdoms cruises joins Minor Hotels’ existing fleet of Manohra Dining Cruises in Bangkok and Anantara Overnight Cruises that sail from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.