Zaamin Jaffer grins when he recalls the first time his mother came to see him race in Formula Ford. Understandable nervous about her only child’s chosen career, in 2009 she nevertheless made the journey from their home in The Lakes, Dubai, to Snetterton, a circuit in the east of England, to see her son in action.
Medical tourism has become one of the biggest buzzwords in the industry. Germany is targeting the sector to attract more Arab patients and win a bigger slice of the Middle Eastern healthcare pie.
Ras Al Khaimah’s red mountains, sparkling coastline, wealth of aquatic activities and easy proximity to Dubai has long made it a popular weekend getaway for jaded urbanites looking for a change of scene. What RAK hasn’t traditionally been known for is the sort of blow the budget, luxury resort options for which its neighbouring emirates are renowned. The arrival of the Banyan Tree Al Wadi however has changed all that – and the resort provides a truly blissful bolthole in which to relax, rejuvenate or simply enjoy the secluded splendour of its idyllic desert location.