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Stuck in Dubai? Heres How to Spend a Long Layover in the City of Gold

Don't waste your layover at the airport.

For the last eight years, Dubai International has been the busiest airport in the world in terms of people transiting through. It makes sense, considering Dubai can be reached from more than 200 destinations (in 100+ countries) around the world. It’s safe to say if you’re a frequent flier, you’ll probably have a layover there at some point. And chances are, it may be a long one. While the Dubai airport is nice (and the lounges, especially the Emirates ones, are genuinely stellar), you’d be remiss to spend your stopover there. There’s so much to see and do in the thriving metropolis, even if only for a few hours. Read on for the best ways to make the most of your Dubai layover.

Thinking of Booking a Luxury Resort With Points? Read This First

Booking a luxury resort with points is a great idea, but it just requires some some research first.

It’s one of the major benefits of a travel loyalty program: saving up points. Whether earned via hotel stays, airline trips, or credit cards, you can use travel points to book a stay in a luxury resort you may otherwise not have been able to afford. In addition to verifying the amount of points required for a luxury resort and making arrangements to travel, there are several other things to research before redeeming those points. It’s worth noting that point redemptions typically cover room and tax only. Many luxury resorts operate on an à la carte pricing model, which means incidentals can pile up quickly, making that “free” stay is suddenly expensive. Booking a luxury resort with points is a good idea, but one that just requires some research to maximize your budget.

15 Brilliant New Books to Celebrate Pride, Selected by Goodreads

Celebrate Pride with these unique, thoughtful, and warm reads that champion the LGBTQ+ experience.

The incredible thing about Pride month is the opportunity to celebrate all the beautiful shades and spectrums of the LGBTQ+ rainbow. And in recent years, the popularity of queer stories, once relegated to the shadows or merely bleak tales of tragedy, now leap off the page in all sorts of glorious forms. Young adult will-they-won’t-they stories, tales of later-in-life sexual realization, and queer stories that celebrate the BIPOC communities all shine bright year-round. This Pride month, we gathered a number of stories that span genre, time period, and audience, and we tapped our friends at Goodreads to help us celebrate. This roundup includes books published in the last year and is based on how many times a book was rated, the total rating, and how many members added the book to their want-to-read shelf. Happy reading, and very happy Pride month.