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Author: Stephanie Kappes

Dubai: A City That Breaks All Records

Dubai has become a popular tourist destination in recent years. The combination of 1001 Nights feel, luxury shopping malls, spectacular architecture, and local attractions like camel riding and sandboarding is a brand that sells.  The harbour town Dubai has been a major trade hub for the Middle East since the early 1900s. But it wasn’t […]

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Abu Dhabi: Catching Up on Culture

Abu Dhabi is the political capital of the United Arab Emirates. However, when it comes to tourism and culture, Dubai and Sharjah are generally a step ahead. But Abu Dhabi is catching up. To name just two examples: the country’s largest mosque, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, opened its doors in the capital in 2007, and […]

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The Taj Mahal: Monument to a 17th Century Love Story

Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, after she died giving birth to their 14th child. The white marble palace is known around the globe as a symbol of love. Just before leaving India, I managed to visit this must-see together with two colleagues from Metrohm India’s […]

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Down South: A Weekend Getaway in Tamil Nadu

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of India’s big cities. For my taste, there are too many people, traffic is too dense and it’s too loud and too polluted. Chennai (formerly Madras), where Metrohm’s main office is located, was no exception. So I was glad that our Metrohm colleagues had made a […]

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Kolkata: In the Footsteps of Saints

India is a country with a strong religious and spiritual tradition. Religion is still very important in the lives of the vast majority of Indians and a flair for spirituality lives on. The birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, meditation, and yoga has attracted—and still attracts—people from all over the world in search of spiritual awakening—or at […]

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Goa: Holidayers Instead of Hippies

Uday, branch manager at Metrohm India’s Mumbai office, and Mumbai Sales Coordinator Shoma showed me around Goa for a day and a half. While Goa’s reputation as a hippie paradise might live on, that’s long in the past. The former Portuguese province is «the Indian Croatia or Ibiza,» Marketing Manager Joy’s daughter Riya told me […]

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Mumbai in Fast Forward

My visit to Mumbai is a bit of a blur. I don’t know if it’s because India is already the 37th country I’m visiting this year or because of the dizzying speed at which I’m hopping from city to city—or the sensory overload that India tends to trigger with its infinite crowds and its hectic […]

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