Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport is set to become the world's biggest airport, capable of handling 200 million passengers each year and up to 100 Airbus A380 aircraft at any one time. The early phase of the design project incorporates two satellite buildings with a co...
POSTED 9 Sep, 2014 11 Comments
The DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Dubai: Jumeirah Beach has opened its doors, offering all-suite accommodation in the Qantas and Emirates gateway city to Europe. Located on The Walk – a 1.7km seaside strip in the Jumeirah Beach Residence area – the hotel is in a perfect location for ...
POSTED 27 Jun, 2014 4 Comments
TALKING POINT | Is Dubai's plan to become the world’s most visited city a laudable goal or a laughable dream? The Gulf boomtown and Qantas' international hub, courtesy of its partnership with Emirates, needs to exceed 16 million visitors a year to push London off the to...
POSTED 6 Jun, 2014 19 Comments
Emirates is offering free stopovers in Dubai for travellers from Australia in a deal which includes hotel costs, transfers and visa arrangements. The promotion, valid on selected EK-coded flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, affords travellers a free 24-hour stopover in the airlin...
POSTED 13 May, 2014 11 Comments
The Middle East will see its first Langham Hospitality Group property in 2015 as The Langham Resort in Dubai is added to the map. As the first ever resort in the group’s global collection, the 323-room resort will be located on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah: With a prime waterfront loca...
POSTED 16 Apr, 2014 0 Comments
Now that Dubai Airport's Emirates & Qantas all-Airbus A380 concourse A is open, attention is turning to the major upgrade for the older Terminal 1 at DXB. The extensive revamp is expected to be completed by the end of next year. In the meantime, be sure to allow yourself extr...
POSTED 10 May, 2013 0 Comments
Australian travellers rate Singapore above Dubai and Hong Kong as the most popular transit point or stopover city for flights to Europe, according to Qantas. Singapore has long been the pivot point for Qantas' Kangaroo Route from Sydney and Melbourne through to London, but as of March 31st those...
POSTED 25 Mar, 2013 26 Comments
Emirates is upgrading a second daily Sydney-Dubai flight to the Airbus A380 superjumbo from 1 June, with markedly improved business class and economy seats on board. Together with Qantas' daily A380 flight under the Red Roo's alliance with Emirates, that'll be three superjumbos winging their way...
POSTED 26 Feb, 2013 6 Comments
Emirates' Skywards frequent flyers holding a Gold membership card but flying economy will be able to bring guests into the Emirates Lounges worldwide from this Wednesday, 27 February, the airline confirms. Golds will also have guesting privileges at the Emirates businesss class lounges in Dubai'...
POSTED 25 Feb, 2013 8 Comments
Qantas passengers can now book on the Red Roo's new joint network with Emirates for travel starting from 31 March. The move follows last week's interim authorisation granted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, allowing Qantas to sell codeshared Emirates flights ...
POSTED 22 Jan, 2013 28 Comments
Business travellers heading from Australia to the UK and Europe will be the big winners in the Qantas-Emirates alliance, which has now received tentative approval from the Government's competition watchdog. Not only does the partnership deliver a dramatic boost to the number of f...
POSTED 20 Dec, 2012 6 Comments
Business travellers fed up of getting stuck at the back of the bus when their plane parks on the tarmac away from the terminal will be keen on Emirates' new business and first class shuttles. The 41 new vehicles mean that passengers paying a premium for the expensive seats don't have to hang aro...
POSTED 14 Dec, 2012 5 Comments
Qantas is putting the next stage of its historic hookup with Emirates in place this week as bookings for Sydney-Dubai-London (QF1/QF2) and Melbourne-Dubai-London (QF9/QF10) go online for travel from 31 March 2013. The revised Kangaroo Route will hop over its traditional Singapore base, land...
POSTED 4 Oct, 2012 10 Comments
In the wash-up of the Qantas-Emirates alliance we've taken a close look at Emirates first class, business class and economy class compared with Qantas;' own offerings in each cabin, and also presented a bit of a 'Skywards 101' on Emirates' frequent flyer reward program. In this fi...
POSTED 3 Oct, 2012 3 Comments
If you're travelling to France or Germany after the Qantas-Emirates alliance comes into effect in April 2013, you'll have a raft of new one-stop flights opening up. Qantas is axing Frankfurt flights, cutting its ties with Air France and reducing its reliance on British Airways' Heathrow hub as i...
POSTED 25 Sep, 2012 12 Comments
Emirates' connections to Spain will triple next month, as the airline adds a second daily flight to Madrid and adds a new route to Barcelona. As the capital of the economically vital Catalonia region spanning France and Spain, business travellers heading for meetings or site visits in the region...
POSTED 8 Jun, 2012 0 Comments
Yes, you read that right -- a rotating underwater hotel with a helipad is being built in Dubai. And it looks like something right out of 1960s James Bond. In terms of pure wow factor, the Water Discus Hotel beats anything that's been done in Dubai yet, exchanging views of glittering towers for g...
POSTED 23 May, 2012 0 Comments
Mention some airports to frequent flyers and you'll receive a sigh or a groan. Most business travellers have a list of airports they actively avoid, whether it's Los Angeles' LAX, Paris' Charles de Gaulle or London's Heathrow. We're always interested when new airports and new terminals are plann...
POSTED 23 Apr, 2012 0 Comments
Amsterdam-bound passengers on Emirates will welcome the arrival of the airline's Airbus A380 on flights from Dubai, starting in August. The airline currently uses a Boeing 777-300ER plane on the route, but the A380 is a step up in terms of personal space, comfort and cabin quietness, especially ...
POSTED 20 Feb, 2012 1 Comment
There are plenty of questions about the Qantas-Emirates partnership – and while we're still chasing some of the answers, Qantas and Emirates have put together their own Q&A list which we felt was worth sharing. Qantas Frequent Flyer Will I be able to earn points on all Emirates a...
POSTED 24 Jan, 2012 2 Comments
Emirates only uses Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 planes on its flights to and from Australia, but if you're connecting in Dubai for Middle Eastern, African or European destinations you may well end up on one of the Gulf carrier's Airbus A330 jets. Here's how to pick the best business class seats on...
POSTED 9 Jan, 2012 0 Comments
Emirates will add a second Australian Airbus A380 flight to its network next year, with the Dubai-Melbourne-Auckland route upgraded to the superjumbo. The route will be Emirates' second A380 flight to Australia (and extending to New Zealand across the Tasman), adding to the Sydney flight that ha...
POSTED 21 Dec, 2011 3 Comments
Emirates will upgrade a third daily return flight between Dubai and London's Heathrow Airport to the airline's flagship Airbus A380 this January. For Australian travellers on the Kangaroo Route, that means another option for more comfortable seats on their connecting flight -- especially in busi...
POSTED 17 Nov, 2011 0 Comments
Thai Airways has cancelled some flights to Europe and the Middle East during the rest of November and into December, with flights from Bangkok to Copenhagen, Dubai, Frankfurt, London, Moscow, Paris, Rome and Zurich all affected. The cancellations come as Thailand's capital continues to suffer fr...
POSTED 16 Nov, 2011 0 Comments
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