TRYP: an urban escape in Dubai

TRYP is located in Barsha Heights and offers a variety of rooms and services. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 June 2019

TRYP: an urban escape in Dubai

  • The hotel is located in an urban and busy location
  • It also has numerous environmental initiatives

DUBAI: Although a lot of people head to Dubai for a fly and flop holiday, it is also a good choice for a city break.

Tecom, or Barsha Heights, is one of the places to go to if you want a more urban escape. It is located next to some of the busiest areas in Dubai such as Internet City, Media City and Sheikh Zayed Road. The area is packed with restaurants and hotels.

TRYP by Wyndham is one of the hotels in the area that combines a great stay with a convenient location. Its facilities and interior decor are geared toward a young and professional clientele.

The premium room was spacious and divided into a sleeping area with a big comfy bed and a living area with a TV and sofas. It was very user-friendly. The TV was set up in a way that allowed it to be rotated to face the bed and one of the couches could be turned into a bed.


TRYP has several eco initiatives to help the local environment. The toilet paper, tissues and hand towels are manufactured in the UAE from locally recycled cardboard. The plastic used in the packaging for the bathroom amenities and toiletries, as well as the handles of the toothbrushes and combs, are made from recycled plastic.

Although we had a full-board stay, we were only able to enjoy breakfast and dinner. For dinner we ordered a camel burger and steak. The portions were slightly smaller than we expected, but enough for dinner.


The breakfast buffet at Local had a variety of cheeses, cold meats, vegetables, fruit, cereals and other traditional dishes. The waiter approached each guest to ask if they wanted eggs, their preferred cooking method and other add-ons. Pancakes were also available.

The staff at the hotel were friendly and welcoming, doing their best to help us with our inquiries.

TRYP has a gym and a pool, as well as two other restaurants, L!qd and Barbary, for guests to enjoy. The gym is small, but has basic equipment. The pool is an average size, but has cozy seating around it.


The hotel’s location allows visitors easy access to popular areas in Dubai such as Marina, Jumeirah Beach Walk, Downtown. The building is also a five minute drive from Dubai Internet City Metro Station.

Rita Ora shows love for Arab fashion in London 

The singer was spotted wearing a shirt dress by Rami Kadi. (Getty Images)
Updated 18 September 2019

Rita Ora shows love for Arab fashion in London 

DUBAI: Earlier this week, celebrities descended on YouTube & LOVE magazine’s London Fashion Week party, including the likes of Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Rita Ora — who chose to sport a Lebanese minidress on the occasion. 

Models and pop stars partied the night away at London’s The Standard Hotel on Monday night and Ora dazzled in a Pied-de-Coq patterned outfit from Lebanese designer Rami Kadi’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, dubbed “Ometeo.”

The semi-sheer shirt dress featured pale yellow and ice blue patternwork and Ora paired the outfit with a wide brimmed hat and knee-high black boots. 

The outfit was styled by Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn. 

Rita Ora is no stranger to the Middle East and has performed in the Gulf a few times. (Getty Images)

Young Lebanese designer Kadi has become known for his cutting-edge style and often uses unexpected materials in his work — his latest collection features plexi glass in neon shades. The talent is becoming more and more popular with international celebrities and has already dressed the likes of pop legend Jennifer Lopez and Portuguese model Sara Sampaio, with Ora becoming the latest in a long list of leading ladies to turn to Kadi for sartorial advice. 

Besides her fashion choices, Ora has shown love for the Middle East in other ways — including filming her latest music video in Dubai. 

The singer unveiled the video for her single “New Look” in July and Dubai residents were quick to spot their stomping grounds in the clip. 

One of the neighborhoods to feature in the music video was Meydan — home to Dubai’s premiere racecourse, as well as a clutch of popular party spots.

Ora also performed at The Assembly - the Global Teacher Prize Concert in Dubai in March and at Base, the open-air club in the artsy Dubai Design District, last year.

In 2018, the award-winning singer found time for a quick Instagram-friendly workout in the gym of her Bahrain hotel before going on to wow crowds at the island’s annual Spring of Culture Festival.

The 27-year-old rose to fame in 2012 when she featured on DJ Fresh’s UK Number One “Hot Right Now.” Her self-titled debut album, released in August that year, also went to Number One and featured hits including “How We Do (Party),” “R.I.P.” and “Shine Ya Light.”