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Middle East

The Backpacker

I am the 1 per cent: The Backpacker tries business class

A flight attendant poses behind the bar in the rear of the business class section of Emirates' Airbus A380

The Backpacker I am the 1 per cent. I know this with certainty as I recline in my private business-class pod.

Air travel

Flight test: Oman Air economy

Oman air.

Tim Richards The seats are snug, but for a medium-haul flight this is a good economy-class experience.

Hotels

Boasters with the mostest

San Alfonso del Mar

Belinda Jackson Biggest, highest, most blindingly expensive. Belinda Jackson rounds up the ultimate travel experiences, from super-luxe to just plain boastful.

Middle East

Get that golden glow

Kerrie O'Brien Gold is holding its value in the luxury spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel in Dubai.

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Photo galleries

Photos

Six of the best: Dubai luxury hotels

When it comes to opulence, no one does it quite like Dubai. Ute Junker names six of the best glamour hotels in Dubai. The writer travelled courtesy of Qantas Airways and Dubai Tourism.

Photos

Inside the Emirates private jet

Emirates private jet

Emirates has launched a luxury private jet service for well-heeled travellers. Have a look on what sort of facilities they will enjoy.

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Travellers Tips

Flight test

Flight test: Qatar Airways business class

Qatar Airways Boeing 777

The Qatar Premium Terminal is more akin to a five-star hotel than a holding pen.

Flight test

Flight test: Emirates A380

Emirates Airlines flight attendant.

With its built-in minibar, we put business class to the test on the Emirates superjumbo.

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Travel News

Qantas re-routes planes away from Iraq

The change will add up to 10 minutes to the seven hour flight from London to Dubai.

12:57pm | Qantas has stopped its flights using Iraqi airspace in the wake of the MH17 disaster.

Deals of the week: Germany romantic back roads

EDITED BY JULIETTA JAMESON | Take an early bird 10 per cent off a romantic tour of Germany and Austria's back roads during 2015.

Traveller letters: Skytrax's fifth best airline a turkey

Customer service must not be one of Skytrax's judging criteria when it comes to judging the world's best airlines.

Jetstar tells girl she is 'too young to fly alone'

1 Aug | A 12-year-old girl's "first big flight" was cut short when boarding crew told her she was too young to fly alone.

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