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Travel Agenda: Zurich carnival; raft of new openings; Abu Dhabi International Book Fair


The streets of Zurich will be alive with carnival, which continues until Monday (zurichcarneval.ch).

This week...

Get set for a raft of new openings this spring. First off, W Doha opens in Qatar tomorrow with cool, contemporary decor and food by Jean-Georges Vongerichten (starwood hotels.com). Meanwhile, Seattle-based group Ace Hotels (acehotel.com) is opening its first Manhattan outpost on Tuesday. Shabby chic cool prevails. And two reasons to stay in London this week: Lastminute.com is opening a pop-up store in Covent Garden for 48 hours on Monday (lastminute.com); and the East End is saluted at the East Festival from Thursday (findeast.co.uk).

In the diary...

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is from 17-22 March, with events and talks on Arabic literature, as well as an evening of South Indian poetry (adbookfair.com). Budapest celebrates its Spring Festival from 20 March to 5 April. In addition to classical concerts, there will be a Japanese Arts programme (btf.hu).