Natasha Amar is a writer and photographer based in Dubai, covering travel, food, culture, events, personalities and lifestyle for publications such as Lonely Planet, Forbes Travel Guide, Rough Guides, Afar, National Geographic Travel, Insider, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, Whetstone Magazine, Eater, EatingWell, Silverkris and more. You can see more of her work here.

She is the co-author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Dubai & Abu Dhabi (11th edition, March 2024, print and e-book) and the UAE correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.

A travel blogger and content creator, she is also the Editor-in-Chief of where she writes about responsible tourism, adventure travel, and solo female travel, among other topics.

She’s had the privilege of visiting incredible places— from New Zealand to ancient Sapmi lands in Arctic Sweden. She’s consumed her weight in pasta in Italy, been walked by a husky in Swedish Lapland, slipped in the most ungraceful ways in an ice cave in Iceland, and felt the textures of icebergs older than anything else on the planet, in Greenland.

Always ready to get on a flight, bus, train, boat, camel, bike, or trail for a good story, her spirit is awakened by stories with heart and natural landscapes that make her feel exactly like the tiny insignificant dot on the planet she is.

A third culture kid raised in Dubai, she is a local expert for the Middle East who really (really) wants you to stop saying things like “chai tea” “chocolate hummus” and “naan bread”.