The Taj Mahal, which is one of the stops on Wild Frontiers’ tour of India. Prakash Singh / AFP
The Taj Mahal, which is one of the stops on Wild Frontiers’ tour of India. Prakash Singh / AFP

Travel news: Take an independent Indian odyssey with Wild Frontiers and more

Luxury train takes to the tracks in Peru

Bookings are now open for a new luxury rail route in Peru, the Andean Explorer, which runs from Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, to Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca in the south-east of the country. The journey will cross the highest plains of the Andes for about 300 kilometres, taking about 24 hours. The train will begin operating in May, and will complement the Hiram Bingham luxury train, an existing route between Cusco and Machu Picchu. More details are available at, but bookings must currently be made through a tour operator such as Journey Latin America (, which is offering a 10-day "Peru by Rail" trip incorporating both rail journeys, five-star accommodation at three Belmond hotels and travel to and from Lima, from Dh26,600, excluding international flights. Flights to Lima are available with Qatar Airways (, from Abu Dhabi or Dubai, via Doha.

Tulip Inn blooms in Ras Al Khaimah

A new three-star hotel has opened in Ras Al Khaimah, with rooms from Dh250 per night, including taxes. The 104-room Tulip Inn Ras Al Khaimah is located on Ahmad bin Masjid Road, and offers a spa, business centre, fitness club and all-day dining restaurant. For more information, visit

New four-star hotel debuts in Al Barsha

The new Al Khoory Atrium Hotel opened this week near Mall of the Emirates in Al Barsha, Dubai. The 227-room property aims to offer value for money to families, groups and business travellers, with colourful rooms, free Wi-Fi, basement parking, two restaurants, 24-hour room service, a spa and rooftop pool. Double rooms are currently available from Dh273 per night, including taxes. For more information, visit

Take an independent Indian odyssey

The tour company Wild Frontiers is offering a 44-day group tour of India next year to mark the 70th year since the country's independence. The trip includes visits to 15 World Heritage Sites, a visit to the Pushkar Camel Fair, New Delhi, Kolkata, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kerala, Goa, the Taj Mahal, Varanasi and Bandhavgarh National Park. The trip departs on October 26, 2017, and costs from Dh42,800 per person, including most accommodation, meals and expert guides such as the historian and writer William Dalrymple, but excluding international flights. For more information, visit

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Catchweight 63.5kg: Shakriyor Juraev (UZB) beat Bahez Khoshnaw (IRQ). Round 3 TKO (body kick)

Lightweight: Nart Abida (JOR) beat Moussa Salih (MAR). Round 1 by rear naked choke

Catchweight 79kg: Laid Zerhouni (ALG) beat Ahmed Saeb (IRQ). Round 1 TKO (punches)

Catchweight 58kg: Omar Al Hussaini (UAE) beat Mohamed Sahabdeen (SLA) Round 1 rear naked choke

Flyweight: Lina Fayyad (JOR) beat Sophia Haddouche (ALG) Round 2 TKO (ground and pound)

Catchweight 80kg: Badreddine Diani (MAR) beat Sofiane Aïssaoui (ALG) Round 2 TKO

Flyweight: Sabriye Sengul (TUR) beat Mona Ftouhi (TUN). Unanimous decision

Middleweight: Kher Khalifa Eshoushan (LIB) beat Essa Basem (JOR). Round 1 rear naked choke

Heavyweight: Mohamed Jumaa (SUD) beat Hassen Rahat (MAR). Round 1 TKO (ground and pound)

Lightweight: Abdullah Mohammad Ali Musalim (UAE beat Omar Emad (EGY). Round 1 triangle choke

Catchweight 62kg: Ali Taleb (IRQ) beat Mohamed El Mesbahi (MAR). Round 2 KO

Catchweight 88kg: Mohamad Osseili (LEB) beat Samir Zaidi (COM). Unanimous decision

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
Indoor cricket World Cup:
Insportz, Dubai, September 16-23

UAE fixtures:

Saturday, September 16 – 1.45pm, v New Zealand
Sunday, September 17 – 10.30am, v Australia; 3.45pm, v South Africa
Monday, September 18 – 2pm, v England; 7.15pm, v India
Tuesday, September 19 – 12.15pm, v Singapore; 5.30pm, v Sri Lanka
Thursday, September 21 – 2pm v Malaysia
Friday, September 22 – 3.30pm, semi-final
Saturday, September 23 – 3pm, grand final

Saturday, September 16 – 5.15pm, v Australia
Sunday, September 17 – 2pm, v South Africa; 7.15pm, v New Zealand
Monday, September 18 – 5.30pm, v England
Tuesday, September 19 – 10.30am, v New Zealand; 3.45pm, v South Africa
Thursday, September 21 – 12.15pm, v Australia
Friday, September 22 – 1.30pm, semi-final
Saturday, September 23 – 1pm, grand final

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