x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Travel news: new flights to Belgrade and eat like an Egyptian in London

New flights from Abu Dhabi to Belgrade and an Egyptian street food restaurant in London.

Cool off in Dubai this summer with Meydan

Can't get away from the UAE this summer? Invest in a slice of Miami Beach on JBR in Dubai while enjoying a 25 per cent discount on annual membership at the Meydan Beach Club. Under the club's special summer promotion, single annual membership is available for Dh21,000 instead of Dh28,000; couples' annual membership is Dh28,500 instead of Dh38,000. Facilities include a chilled pool, integrated air-conditioned restaurants and a "pool butler service" providing complimentary towels, ice replenishment,

beverage service, cold face towels, fruit skewers and sorbets throughout the day. Visit www.meydanbeach.com or call 04 433 3777 for more information.

Fly direct to Belgrade with Etihad Airways

UAE travellers can now get right to the heart of Europe with a new direct flight from Abu Dhabi to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. Thanks to a partnership with Jat Airways, Etihad this week launched a daily flight, which leaves Abu Dhabi at 8.30am and returns from Belgrade's Nikola Tesla airport - named after the Serbian inventor - at 8.25pm. The flight is just five hours and 45 minutes outbound and five hours and 20 minutes on the return. Fares start at Dh2,385 return including taxes.

Save on your stay with Corinthia Hotels

Book luxury for less across Corinthia Hotels' group of seven properties across Europe this summer. Under the company's "Linger Longer" summer offer, valid for stays between July 1 and September 9, get one night free for every two booked. Corinthia has hotels in London, Malta, Prague, St Petersburg, Lisbon and Budapest. Visit its website, www.corinthia.com, for more details and reservations.

Enjoy real Egyptian street food in London

The current craze for modern Middle Eastern food in the British capital - Yotam Ottolenghi now has four restaurants and Yalla Yalla three - continues with the opening of Koshari Street, a "hole in the wall street food experience" from Lebanese food writer Anissa Helou. Backed by two Egyptian entrepreneurs, Salah Khalil and Karim Shousha, the restaurant is situated on St Martin's Lane near Leicester Square. It serves fresh, authentic Egyptian koshari - a dish of lentils, pasta, vermicelli and rice topped with tomato sauce and fried onions - in three varieties: "mild", "hot", or "mad". There are also salads, soups, freshly pressed juices and traditional desserts including muhallabiyeh milk pudding and mishmishiya, an apricot puree. The only notable difference between here and Egypt is likely to be the price - a meal for two costs around £15 (Dh86). Koshari Street, 56 St Martin's Lane, London (www.kosharistreet.com; 00 44 207 836 1056).