The Incredible Way Airbnb Is Empowering Middle Eastern Women

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These enterprising female hosts from across the region give travellers unique experiences that expose them to authentic elements of local culture, whilst also providing top-rate Middle Eastern hospitality

These five hosts, based in the UAE, Jordan and Egypt, have tailored bespoke experiences to offer their guests that something extra. From cooking classes in Al Maadi to cafe hopping in Dubai, there's something for every type of traveller...

Nada Badran

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El Bait Baitak. Make yourself at home. That's Nada's maxim. She hosts guests from around the world in Dubai's Old Town district, giving them tours on foot around the city's must-see historic locations. She loves sharing her favourite parts of the city with a crowd assembled from all around the world.

Shereen Mankash

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You'll not only eat well with Amman-based expert cook Shereen, but learn to make the authentic and mouthwatering dishes yourself. A vegan chef hailing from Syria, she loves to share with globetrotters the culinary delights of her country. The 'Shereen's Kitchen' experience, a business and brand she built from scratch, allows travellers to participate in a cooking class with family and friends and take the recipe home - vegan and vegetarian dishes are also an option. 

Maitha Essa

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Maitha provides a holistic 'Emirati House' experience: a period of several hours in which she takes visitors through the roots of Emirati culture and traditions and allows them to sample Arabian coffee and Emirati dinner, desserts and even fragrances. A Q&A with the host will round off the evening, making this an unforgettable experience sure to educate the traveller about local Emirati culture. 

Christina Refaat Tawfeek 

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Christina and husband Mina open their doors and invite travellers to savour the best of authentic Egyptian cuisine, offering cooking classes in a traditional, homely atmosphere. They also give top tips about local activities in the Al Maadi and Cairo region.   

Aya Ahmad

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Instagrammers gather round. Dubai-based photojournalist and art lover Aya Ahmad offers two bespoke experiences designed to entice the millennial blogger. The first unique tour is speciality coffee hopping around Dubai - giving travellers a taste of vegan coffee bars, traditional Emirati coffee and even coffee straight from the roastery. The second experience is a photowalk of Old Dubai, during which Aya will point out the historical district's hidden gems and most Instagrammable spots, including mosques, temples and ports, whilst talking all things art and culture.

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