Staying on the Palm Islands of Dubai

I love Dubai. I really do. I could live in Dubai and be quite happy. It’s central to pretty much everywhere in the world. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s clean and it’s really nice. I have been to Dubai more times than I can count and have used it as a transit base for traveling […]

The Jumeirah Inside Launch Event in Dubai

I’ve done some pretty cool things in my life and I’ve been involved in some cool new ventures and launches. I’ve also stayed at many of the best hotels on the planet in some of the nicest suites you can imagine. However, I just got to attend the launch event for Jumeirah Inside at the […]

I Believe the United States Should Get Involved in Syria

“The price of greatness is responsibility” – Winston Churchill I am not a Democrat, nor a Republican. I am not a liberal, nor a conservative. I am an American and a humanitarian. I do not like war or the idea of putting American lives in jeopardy but I believe in human rights and I believe […]

Sinai, Jordan and Israel

So the past 10 days or so have been pretty hectic for me as I have been very, very busy. Since I last posted on Luxor, I have been to: Hurghada; Sinai Peninsula; Jordan; Israel; Moscow; Abkhazia and am now relaxing in Sochi, Russia. Except for Hurghada, Sochi and Abkhazia, all of those were repeat […]

Sheikhs, Sultans and Sand

I’m not exactly sure where to begin here because the last 5 days in the Emirates and Oman have been a blur. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this extra time that popped up on my trip but I am positive I made the right move staying in the UAE. I […]

Iraqi Kurdistan

Going to Iraq is not an easy decision to make. There are a lot of pros and cons to weigh before you make your “final final” decision. Going to Baghdad and the rest of Arab Iraq is still a no go for tourists without official business. However, the northern semi autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan […]

Walk Like An Egyptian

“Man fears time…but time fears the Pyramids” A great quote I believe and one that captures the essence and the presence of the Pyramids. Nobody knows when and how they were built, there are theories, some good and some are out there, but it’s one of life’s great mysteries-that’s still a mystery. They’re the definition […]

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

People give the Middle East a bad rap. Perhaps for good reason at times, but not everywhere in this holy region is a mess. One such place is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan is home to some of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. It is home to the Kings Highway, the […]

Eye Opening Iran

When I first was planning this trip I was a little wary on whether I was going to include Iran in my itinerary or not. I had always been curious about this rogue nation of sorts. After giving it a lot of thought I decided that I was going to be so close in Ashgabat […]

Bombing in Yemen

I woke up this morning to hear of an unfortunate incident in Sana’a, Yemen where three mortar rounds exploded near the US Embassy in the capital. No US diplomats were injured but apparently there were some injuries at a girls school located nearby and to some Yemeni officials. This is just 6 weeks after two […]