Middle East : Traveller Tips

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Culture on every corner

We've trawled the globe to find this year's 10 most compelling cultural events.

Tips

Many hands, light fingers

Pickpockets warning sign in Avignon, France.

Nick Galvin Travellers are leaving nothing to chance in a bid to outwit thieves and scammers. But at what cost, asks Nick Galvin.

Tripologist

Getting frisky is still too risky

Not the place to practice for a shot at the Mile High Club ... Dubai Airport.

Tripologist I have to make a transit stop in Dubai and after reading the recent article (No kissing, no sex, no photos), I was wondering if these same rules apply in the airport?

UAE

No kissing, no sex, no photos - how to avoid arrest in Dubai

Dubai ... where public displays of affection are unacceptable.

At the quayside in the centre of Dubai, mountains of goods are left unguarded for days as they wait to be loaded onto boats bound for Iran.

Tips

The right way to go about going

Passengers Waiting to Board plane, Maryland airport generic

Our globetrotting experts, Jane E. Fraser and Michael Gebecki, offer their advice.

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Tips

If you go, there's no getting out of jail free

Travel illustration by Simon Letch.

Jane E. Fraser There's only so much the Australian government's consular staff can do.

Tripologist

Tripologist: Dubai between midnight and dawn

Singapore.

Tripologist My friend and I are travelling to Europe in September and will spend six days in Paris.

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Flight test: Emirates economy class

A Flight attedant poses at the economy class section of an Emirates A380 aircraft

Flight Test Emirates' cabin crew are excellent - multilingual and very attentive.

Tripologist

One stopover is never enough

Tripologist I always stop over for a night on the way to Europe but I find the flight from Asia to London or from Sydney to the Middle East too long.

Tripologist

On the phone on three continents

iPhone travel app plane

Tripologist What is the least costly way to use mobile phones and email while travelling across three continents?

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Tripologist

Which road to Damascus?

Tripologist I would like to go to Damascus for four to five days to join a small group tour. Can you recommend local hotels and tours?

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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.

Best in travel

From dumps to jewels: greatest city comebacks

Woman, Beirut, Lebanon, pool hotel

Once deep down in the urban dumps, these cities have bounced back from the brink of becoming no-go destinations, turning tumultuous pasts into tourist drawcards.

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Best in travel

World's top 10 cities for 2011 named

Valencia

Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Cities to visit in 2011.

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Hot list

Top 10 countries to visit in 2011

Carnival Sao Paulo

Lonely Planet has drawn on the knowledge, passion and kilometres travelled by its staff, authors and online community to present the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2011.

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Expert advice

Travel light, sleep deep

Michael Gebicki I hear good and bad about flight layovers in airport hotels and I have concerns about luggage.

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Flight test: Etihad Airways pearl class

A la carte menu available at any time is one of the highlights of flying with Etihad Airways.

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Flight test: Emirates A380

Emirates Airlines flight attendant.

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

Q&A

Your questions

What is the best airfare — around the world or a direct fare to the Middle East?

Tips

How to have the best trip ever

Young woman jumping at Flamengo Beach.

There's a lot you can do to make a good trip a great one - and squeeze every last drop of fun out of your hard-earned time off.

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