After living in the Gulf as a child, Sarah studied Arabic and French at Edinburgh University and lived in Cairo during her course. Cairo was the ideal base for travelling around Egypt, Jordan and Syria, visiting all the major cities and archaeological sites, as well as learning about the regional culture and traditions.
She then spent a year in Tunisia teaching English and completed a further degree in Middle East Studies, confirming her interest and passion for the area. She regularly returns to Tunisia to visit friends and practise her Arabic and the country remains her favourite destination within the region. Recent trips to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Morocco and Oman with Audley have ensured that her enthusiasm is as strong as ever and her knowledge of the sights, guides and hotels is right up-to-date.
When not working, Sarah enjoys running and playing netball and is interested in world cinema and music.
Audley work with local partners and are always trying to give an experience with the most local colour they can without breaking one’s budget.
Audley was great in helping us make the most of our time and trying to get in as much as possible as well as making the visits to the sites interesting and thoughtful. They work with local partners and are always trying to give an experience with the most local colour they can without breaking one’s budget. The person we worked with was wonderful, helpful, and did all she could to try to create a package that would make the most of our time.
I'll never forget when…
Self-driving through Oman with an Audley colleague has to be one of my top travel experiences in the Middle East. This way of exploring the country gave us lots of flexibility and allowed us to stop off at some of the more remote and less well-visited sites.
One such site was Jaalan Bani Bu Hassan, where there is an unusual multi-domed mosque, the Al-Hamooda Mosque. Despite having 52 domes, the mosque has a very simple design and is a contrast to many of the new grand mosques which have sprung up across the region in recent years.