• Your guide to Emirates' seven business, first class lounges in Dubai

    At its massive home hub of Dubai Airport, Emirates has not two, not four, but seven lounges peppered around Terminal 3 for business class and first class passengers and eligible frequent flyers: but with so much choice, which lounge should you visit before your next flight from Dubai? First clas...

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2019 7 Comments

  • Visiting Emirates' Moët & Chandon Champagne bar in Dubai

    Nestled in Emirates’ business class lounge at Dubai Airport’s Concourse B is the Moët & Chandon Champagne bar, where passengers can sample a range of fizz from the well-known winery before their Emirates or Qantas flight. That’s where you’ll find not just the &ls...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2019 7 Comments

  • Speed through Dubai passport control with Smart Gate registration

    Australian passport holders can zip through Dubai Airport like a local, by registering their passport with Dubai’s Smart Gate system for automated processing at the border on arrival and departure. Once enrolled, you won’t need to line up in the regular passport lanes: you’ll i...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Adelaide to get Emirates' new Boeing 777 business class seats

    Business class travellers between Adelaide and Dubai will experience Emirates' latest and less-squeezy business class seat from October 28. One of Emirates' revamped Boeing 777-200LR jets with 2-2-2 seating in business class will replace the Gulf airlines' Boeing 777-300ER – with the ...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Emirates temporarily winds back flights to Australia, New Zealand

    Emirates will reduce flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Auckland over April and May 2019 due to runway updates at its sprawling Dubai hub, with travellers needing to plan around the temporary cut-backs. For Sydneysiders, the daily Airbus A380 EK417 flight to Dubai will be paused be...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 32 Comments

  • Royal Brunei drops Dubai detour on Melbourne-London flights

    Royal Brunei passengers travelling from Melbourne to London will shave five hours and 15 minutes from their trip when the airline's current two-stop route via Brunei and Dubai becomes a one-stop journey via Brunei only, from October 28 2018. The Brunei flag-carrier says its Boeing 787s "are pres...

    POSTED 23 May, 2018 29 Comments

  • The big switch: Qantas changes London stopover from Dubai to Singapore

    TALKING POINT | It’s "goodbye" to Dubai and "hello again, old friend" to Singapore as Qantas next weekend ditches the Emirates hub and returns to Singapore as the stopover point for its Kangaroo Route to London. The Gulf city will see its last Qantas flight on Saturday March 24 – alm...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2018 112 Comments

  • The Qantas transit guide to Emirates' Dubai Airport first class lounge

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Hundreds of ...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2017 40 Comments

  • Is Emirates' Dubai business class lounge worth $100 to visit?

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. Emirates now...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 24 Comments

  • Emirates eyes second daily Auckland-Dubai service

    Emirates may launch a second daily flight between Auckland and Dubai as the airline re-examines its New Zealand strategy. The Gulf carrier tipped its hand in a joint submission with partner Qantas to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to renew the airlines' existing partne...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Emirates adds fourth daily Sydney-Dubai Airbus A380 flight

    Emirates will fly a fourth daily service between Sydney and Dubai from 25 March 2018 – and like its three siblings, the service will run on the Qantas partner's flagship Airbus A380. The new addition to the schedule is EK416/417, and here's where the timings stand. From 25 March to 30 Mar...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 21 Comments

  • Qantas ditches Dubai, returns A380 to Sydney-Singapore-London

    Qantas will axe Dubai from its route map and return to Singapore as the stopover for flights from Sydney to London. From March 25 2018, the flagship QF1/QF2 Sydney-London Airbus A380 service will run via Singapore instead of Dubai, replacing one of the two daily Sydney-Singapore A330 flights. Q...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2017 221 Comments

  • AccorHotels plans new Sofitel Dubai Wafi luxury hotel

    Travellers visiting Dubai from early 2019 can unwind at the new Sofitel Dubai Wafi hotel, set to be the largest Sofitel in the Middle East: featuring 501 guestrooms including 86 suites under the familiar AccorHotels banner, along with 97 serviced extended-stay residences. Rooms will range from 5...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Dubai plans July launch of passenger drones as airborne taxis

    High flyers may soon have a new way to get around Dubai, swapping taxis for one-person drones buzzing through the sky. They may look like an oversized version of the typical drone, but they're far more sophisticated – and capable of carrying one passenger and a (very) small suitcase. Bu...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • Priority Pass members get 'sleep pod' privileges in Dubai

    Priority Pass members can now catch some shut-eye in between flights at Dubai International Airport with a new wing of ‘sleep pods’ joining the program, which cardholders can visit in lieu of a more traditional airport lounge. Found near Gate A1 in Terminal 3 – the same used by...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 5 Comments

  • Emirates boosts Brisbane flights with new Dubai service

    Emirates is ramping up its Dubai-Brisbane flights with a third daily service commencing on December 1 2017, complementing the airline’s existing Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 flights to the Queensland capital. Using a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, high flyers can relax in one of eight first clas...

    POSTED 12 May, 2017 32 Comments

  • Emirates goes all-A380 on Melbourne-Dubai flights

    Melbourne travellers will find the same standards of seating aboard all Emirates flights from March 25 2018 as the Qantas partner upgrades its final Boeing 777 service to the Victorian capital to its flagship Airbus A380. The most noticeable improvement comes for business class passengers with t...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 20 Comments

  • Qantas to axe Melbourne-London Airbus 380 flights in March 2018

    Qantas will axe its daily Melbourne-Dubai-London Airbus A380 flights from late March 2018, with the long-running superjumbo route cancelled in favour of the new non-stop Boeing 787 service between Perth and London. The last flight of the current QF9 service to London via Dubai will be ...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2017 143 Comments

  • How Qantas travellers can enjoy a stress-free stopover at Dubai

    Flying on Qantas QF1 from Sydney to London? James Wallis reveals how to take the stress out of the short Dubai stopover. As a British ex-pat living in Sydney I often find myself doing the Kangaroo Route a couple of times a year – and as a Qantas Platinum Frequent Flyer, I typically choose ...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2017 25 Comments

  • Dubai Airport switches on 100Mbps WIFi

    Dubai loves to be the biggest and best at everything, and now that roster of braggadocio includes the world’s fastest free airport WiFi. According to Dubai Airports, its new superfast WiFi service – aptly named WOW-Fi – serves up speeds "up to a staggering 100Mbps, surpass...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2017 6 Comments

  • Pay to use Emirates business class, first class lounges at Dubai

    Emirates will now let weary travellers pay their way into its Dubai airport lounges, regardless of their frequent flyer status or class of travel. The Gulf airline and Qantas partner is charging US$100 (A$133) for four hours' access to its business class lounges, and US$200  (A$266) for the...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2017 17 Comments

  • Now there's unlimited free WiFi at Dubai Airport

    Passengers travelling through Dubai can now remain connected to the office or loved ones back home thanks to a new high-speed wireless Internet service available across Dubai International and Dubai World Central airports. With no download limits and an overall capacity exceeding 5Gbps – y...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • Emirates, Moet & Chandon open business class 'champagne lounge'

    Emirates' upgraded business class lounge at Dubai International Airport's Concourse B now looks like an even better place to spend a few hours between flights. The airline colossus has partnered with Moët & Chandon to open a champagne lounge serving four of the brand's finest drops: Mo&...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2016 22 Comments

  • UAE tightens ban on VPNs with jail time, fines of up to A$725,000

    Travellers caught using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the broader United Arab Emirates could face fines of up to A$725,000 or even jail time under hardened laws introduced this month. Popular with business travellers, VPNs allow secure remote access to corporate network...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 61 Comments

  • Emirates upgrades Auckland-Dubai to non-stop Airbus A380

    Emirates will begin flying its flagship Airbus A380 between Auckland and Dubai from October 2016, snaring the trophy for the world's longest superjumbo flight. The Gulf powerhouse and Qantas partner opened the route in March this year using a long-range Boeing 777-200LR jet engineered to handle ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2016 28 Comments

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