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Family travel: 'Where's best for baby-friendly winter sun?'

Q My husband and I are looking for a winter sun destination for us and our two-month-old baby in early December. We are desperate for a beachside activity-based holiday, with watersports, tennis and golf (if possible). However, I am struggling to find a crèche that will take a baby that young. Surely there are other young mums like myself out there who are keen to line up a postnatal activity break? Can you suggest some hot, baby-friendly beach and activity destinations? L Cameron, via email

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Iraq's new venture: Holidays in the Garden of Eden

Friday, 1 August 2008

Iraq is trying to lure visitors to the land of Babylon with the slogan 'tourism not terrorism'. There is no shortage of ancient attractions, says Kim Sengupta

At this Oman hideaway you can feel cut off

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Zighy Bay is Oman's latest luxury offering. But, asks Sarah Barrell, will guests get any sense of the country it's in?

Take a trip to Damascus – you'll be converted

Sunday, 11 May 2008

The Syrian city is this year's Unesco Arab Capital of Culture. It's just one way the locals are encouraging tourism, says Matthew Bell

Head for heights in Dubai

Saturday, 19 April 2008

In a city that contains the world's tallest man-made structure, it can be hard to get a sense of perspective. Joy Lo Dico is dizzied by the highs and lows of the planet's most extreme tourist destination

The Complete Guide To: The Sinai

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Whether it's a Red Sea beach holiday you're after, or a more adventurous time exploring the desert, this peninsula in Egypt has got it all, says Ruth Elkins

Oman: Name that dune

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Three-quarters of Oman is desert, but the Sultanate still harbours plenty of humanity. Anne Penketh is seduced by magnificent mountains and welcoming communities

Why Lebanon has rise to Arabian heights

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Lebanon has a troubled history, but you wouldn't know it in its top ski resort. Instead, Adam Mynott found quiet pistes, friendly locals and great cuisine

Independent Families: 'Will my daughter and I get the sun without the jet lag in Oman?'

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Q. I want to take my teenage daughter for a week's sunshine during the February half-term. We would prefer somewhere that won't give us jet lag, as she will return straight back to college. We'd like to be near a beach, have access to spa treatments, and be able to do some sightseeing. We also like water sports. I hear that Oman is good, but how long is the flight there? Also, we would prefer separate rooms I'm aware that this won't be a cheap holiday! C Howells, Surrey

Converted on the road to Damascus: savour the sights, sounds and splendid ruins of Syria

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Mark Antony had the right idea: Syria's lush countryside, cosmopolitan cities and outstanding archaeology are rich rewards for the adventurous visitor (or conqueror). Michael Williams celebrates an ancient land

Beirut: The real flavour of Lebanon

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Conflict may have scarred Beirut's recent past, but Katy Guest discovers that the Lebanese capital is a vibrant, welcoming place. Just go easy on the snacks...

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