"In Tel Aviv you play, and in Jerusalem you pray" my nightlife guide in Tel Aviv told me over dinner. I see what is meant by that phrase, but I beg to differ. Tel Aviv is certainly the most liberal city, and Jerusalem is known as the...

On my visit to Israel organised by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, I was very fortunate to be able to stay at Jerusalem's most famous and luxurious hotel, The King David. The King David Hotel is not just a hotel, but a landmark of Jerusalem. Opened...

When I woke up in my room at the Dan Panorama I had totally forgotten it was Saturday, until I approached the elevator and saw this sign: Dear Guests, during the Shabat this elevator will be operated by a "Shabat Goy" For my non-Jewish readers, the Shabbat...

The Ramon Crater is a crater in the Negev Desert, Israel, measuring 40 km long 5-10km wide and roughly 400 metres in depth. This geological feature is called a Makhtesh and was formed by erosion over millions of years. The only settlement here is the...

The view from the top of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea is one of the best views I have seen in my entire life. Standing on this isolated rock cliff in the middle of the Israeli desert, looking out across to the Dead Sea,...

Until a few days ago, I bet many people couldn't point out Qatar on a map or had even heard of it. Qatar??? Mention the word Qatar and I imagine people sat in their living rooms mistaking it for condition, catarrh, a not-so-nice condition involving a...