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As one of Abu Dhabi’s unofficial citizens, when will I get to call my country home?

Abu Dhabi is my home and it is where I come from, despite the utter illegality of my claim.<p>The United Arab Emirates tends to lure three types of …

Abu Dhabi

These Are the 20 Gorgeous Caribbean Airbnbs Topping Travelers' Wish Lists

Travelers looking to take a break from winter weather without blowing their budget might think about staying in one of Airbnb’s island escapes. In …

Travel

Four apps that will help you learn to play music

Pick up an instrument, learn your favorite songs, and practice a bit of music theory.<p>I'm a musician, and I learned the tricks of the trade the expensive and slow way: with private guitar lessons, summer music programs, and more theory books than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, in 2018 you can get …

Guitar

The Amazingly Effective 20-Minute Bodyweight Workout You Can Do in Your Office or Living Room

Want to feel good about not going to the gym? This strategy is the laziest (but ridiculously effective) way to get and stay strong.<p>As a middle-aged individual who sits at a desk most of my days, I understand the necessity of exercising on a regular basis. But the older I get, the less inclined I am …

Fitness

11 Personal Finance Blogs That Will Help You Manage Your Money This Year

Blogs your checking account will approve of.<p>Even though I'm a financial planner, I still pay close attention to the financial advice and opinions of the smartest money experts all over the web. Why? Because no matter how money-savvy you are, there's always something more you can learn.<p>If you're …

Personal Finance

‘Washington Was About to Explode’: The Clinton Scandal, 20 Years Later

In 1998, news broke that upended politics and sent a presidency hurtling toward impeachment. Twenty years later, an all-star panel tries to make sense of that moment—and what it tells us about our own.<p>Most journalists experience indelible moments that color our thinking long after the story moves …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner Is China’s Trump Card

How the President’s son-in-law, despite his inexperience in diplomacy and his lack of security clearance, became Beijing’s primary point of interest.<p>In early 2017, shortly after Jared Kushner moved into his new office in the West Wing of the White House, he began receiving guests. One visitor who …

Xbox One tips and tricks: Unlock the secrets of your Xbox One with these tips

Whether you’re an Xbox One beginner or an Xbox pro, these tips will make the most of your Xbox One<p>Microsoft’s Xbox One has had a tumultuous past. On …

How to keep your house running smoothly, month by month

Prevention is the best medicine with your house, as well as your body. “We go for our annual checkups to our doctor and dentist, so why not do it for our home?” says Mike Holmes, host of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes.”<p>Annual maintenance will help prevent you from having to make an avoidable, costly …

Home Improvement

The 17 Steamiest Movies Of 2017

Happy holidays! Before we can fully embrace the avalanche of pop culture 2018 has in store for us, we need to take a look back at the unrelenting …

Construction

Here Are the Best Inspirational Quotes for 2018

Another year, and another 365 quotes--the most inspirational things anybody ever said.<p>Want inspirational quotes? Each year for the past several years, I've gathered the best inspirational quotes, one for each of the coming 365 days. Here's our latest installment: the top inspirational quotes for …

How to score big at government auctions, on everything from real estate to bugles

Rolex watches seized from drug lords. Homes confiscated from tax cheats. Blackhawk helicopters the military no longer needs. The federal government is auctioning off all this — and more. The “more” often means mundane things like office chairs and shredders and mysterious things like “swamp cooler …

Real Estate

The 12 best wine bargains of 2017 are cheap without tasting like it

With all the wines on the shelves vying for your attention when you walk into a wine store or a supermarket, how do you choose which one to take home for dinner? A catchy name or pretty label stands out. A heavy bottle looks and feels important. But you wouldn’t be wrong to wonder whether the money …

Wine

American Pot: 5 Best Strains of 2017

From a CBD-heavy hybrid to the best kind of weed for a party joint, our picks for this year's best cannabis<p>Cannabis has had quite the year. Namely, …

Cannabis

The Top 10 Movies of 2017

Created by on<p>Swipe for next page<p>The Must-See Movies Of The Past Year<p><i>WARNING: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS AHEAD. BE WARNED.</i><p>If 2017 was an outstanding year for games, then the same can surely be said for movies. It's a great time to be a fan of superhero, sci-fi, horror, action, and other genre films, …

The Ultimate Porsche 911 Comes From California

When Rob Dickinson, the lead singer for ’90s British rock band Catherine Wheel, moved to Hollywood in the early aughts, he drove a 1969 Porsche 911 …

Andrew’s Top 20 Movies Of 2017

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Emily V. Gordon

Dubai's Bulgari Resort named best new luxury hotel of 2017 by LTI

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bulgari Resort Dubai has only been open for a matter of weeks, but it's already been crowned the best new luxury hotel of 2017.<p>The lavish property, located on man-made island Jumeira Bay, came out on top in members-only travel ratings company Luxury Travel Intelligence's annual list, …

Hospitality

6 Tools to Help You Work Remotely In 2018

Working and running a business across borders is becoming easier than ever before--these tools can help you manage.<p>Today, I did business with the United States, Japan, and Canada, all from my laptop in South Korea. For the past two years, I've run my business entirely remotely from anywhere I could …

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or suggestions for your own reading, TED speakers have you covered.<p>Back in May just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read queue …

How French luxury speaker maker Devialet plans to become the 'Apple of sound'

It was 3 a.m. on a morning late in 2009 and Quentin Sannié, CEO of French luxury speaker maker Devialet, was crying alone in his house in Normandy while listening to a recording of Queen performing at Wembley Stadium in 1986.<p>"I had the first Devialet amplifier at home," Sannié recalled in a recent …

Audiophile

Bill Gates: 5 Amazing Books I Read in 2017

Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity. Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating …

How to Use This Secret Tool to Find Amazing Flight Deals

Even if you've never heard of Matrix by ITA software, you've certainly seen its magic at work. It powers both Google Flights as well as KAYAK, and is …

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

The Best Books of 2017 to Give to Anyone on Your List

As you rack your brain trying to think of the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, it's important to remember that even in our …

Books

The Top 10 Novels of 2017

Fiction publishers complained that 2017 was a difficult year to get attention in a fast-moving media climate that was intensely political. But some …

Books

12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School

Learn from the best to become your best.<p>A good book is like food for the soul. When you want to curl up by the fire with a truly great one, look no further than this list furnished by members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.<p>If you've got an entrepreneur or two in your life, these might …

Bad Science

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

The Arts

The toughest Harry Potter quiz that will seriously test your wizarding trivia

The most fervent of Harry Potter fans will want to take on this quiz to see how they fair in one of the trickiest tests of wizarding world trivia …