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Etihad Airways Special, Dubai: The Jewel of the Desert and Luxury Seabourn Cruises


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In The News
Dubai: The Jewel of the Arabian Desert
Luxury Dubai Resorts and Hotels
Etihad Business Class Special and July Airfare Deals
Cruising Luxury with Seabourn
Etihad Airways and FirstClass.com.au Spring Golf Day
Ponant Information Events
And Finally
In The News

SilverSea Free WiFi
Silversea will soon be offering free Wi-Fi - every suite, every voyage, every ship.  Silversea is the first ultra-luxury cruise line with yet another benefit — free WiFi. Savvy travellers ...

Qantas Returns To San Francisco
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SilverSea Announces New Cruiseship
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Dubai: The Jewel of the Arabian Desert

 

Mary
Mary

Last month I took a trip to one of the world's newest tourism hotspots - Dubai. The perfect stopover between Australia and Europe or Africa (or a fantastic trip in itself) you can fly Qantas, Emirates or Etihad in their superior Business Class services to this fantastic destination. 

Rising like a mirage from the boundless sands of the Arabian Desert, Dubai is a man-made marvel with no equal. The breathtaking collection of modern structures sparkle like a diamond in the Middle Eastern sun, and at a glance it is easy to see why this famous destination is the playground for the wealthy. Boasting the World's tallest building, custom designed islands, and the globe's only 7 star hotel; if it's luxury you are searching for then Dubai is the place for you.

Dubai Skyline
Burj Khalifa

The wealth of choices for activities in Dubai is often overwhelming for those who haven't been there before. The ancient fishing town has become an icon of excess and modern ingenuity, symbolised in the world's tallest building the Burj Khalifa. Soaring an astonishing eight hundred and thirty metres above the ground the needle shaped building is a breathtaking sight. Visiting the Khalifa is the best way to start your tour of Dubai as it affords incredible views from its observation deck on the 148th floor! On top of that the tower is located right in the heart of downtown Dubai and is surrounded by  must-visit shopping destinations and a plethora of entertainment options.

Dubai Fountain  Dubai Mall Aquarium
Dubai Fountain by Night and the Dubai Mall Aquarium

Sharing a metro stop with the tower is the famous Dubai mall. With 1,200 speciality stores on offer and growing, the Dubai Mall has become so much more that a shopping stop and has become a destination in its own right. Expect to find every top end luxury label imaginable here as well as many you've never heard of but will never forget. On top of that you can indulge your senses at the mall's giant ice rink, aquarium, the stunning Dubai Fountain or marvel at the famous 155 million year old dinosaur skeleton!

Dubai Indoor Ski Field  Dubai Fort
The New and the Old: Ski Dubai and the Dubai Fort

In addition to the shopping, the heart of Dubai offers holiday experiences like no other, here you can go skiing in the desert. Ski Dubai is the world's largest indoor ski park and is a definite must visit for the pure novelty of trading forty plus degree desert heat for sub zero temperatures more at home to the top of the European winter slopes. After your skiing adventure you can warm up on a visit to the more historic parts of Dubai in Al Fahidi, home of an 18th century fort and the Dubai Museum.

Hot Air Ballooning Dubai  Hot Air Ballooning Dubai  Hot Air Ballooning Sunset View Dubai
Hot Air Ballooning - Sunset over the Desert

If you get tired of walking around to take in the sights then one of the best and most highly recommended tours is a hot air balloon voyage over the city and surrounding desert. From high in the ski you can truly appreciate the modern marvel that is Dubai, from the gleaming skyscrapers of brilliant steel and glass, to the intricate canals of manmade luxury islands. 

Burj Al Arab Royal Suite  Burj Al Arab Swimming Pool

Burj Al Arab Royal Suite and Swimming Pool

The playground for the wealthy has learnt to cater for truly discerning taste and Dubai has on offer some of the world's best luxury resorts. The jewel amongst them is the iconic Burj Al Arab, the world's only seven star hotel. The sail shaped hotel is a wonder to behold and a dream to stay inside. Every moment of your stay is fine tuned to give you the best experience possible from the discreet check in at a private reception on your floor to the host of personal butlers at your disposal and the optional chauffeur driven Rolls-Royce. With nine signature restaurants and bars, as well as the world famous Talise Spa, once you enter the Burj Al Arab you'll never want to leave.

Burj Al Arab at Sunset

Close to the Burj Al Arab is the incredible Madinat Jumeirah Resort, which offers four unique accommodation options in the one complex. Designed to resemble the modern interpretation of a traditional Arab village with the interior connected by close to four kilometres of meandering waterways and a complimentary Abra (traditional wooden boat) service, and offering a traditional Souk Madinat with seventy five specially selected boutiques stores. 

Jumeirah Madinat  Jumeirah Madinat Suite
Madinat Jumeirah Resort

Within the resort you will find four accommodation options, each more luxurious then the last. The Jumeirah Mina A’ Salam, a newly refurbished contemporary and elegant Arabian hotel with guaranteed inter-leading rooms at the time of booking. Jumeirah Al Qasr, a grand and opulent Arabian palace hotel that is truly the crowning glory of the Madinat Jumeirah. As well as the two hotels there is also the villa options, including  29 intimate and tranquil Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf Summerhouses with 24-hour butler service & free sunset happy hour. And finally 7 luxurious two and three bedroom Malakiya Villas with private swimming pool, personalized butler service and luxurious amenities. On top of these an exciting new property will open at Madinat Jumeirah in the second half of 2016, Jumeirah Al Naseem.

There is so much to see and do in Dubai that the city has become so much more than just a stopover base. You definitely need a few days to truly get the best out of your stay, which makes it the perfect stopover on your way to a larger holiday in Europe, Asia, the Middle East or Africa. But be warned, once you've been to Dubai once, you'll just keep wanting to go back.

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Luxury Dubai Resorts and Hotels

Modern marvels of shining glass towers to luxurious traditional sandstone style accommodations stand side by side in Dubai.

Burj Al Arab Dubai
This legendary and symbolic hotel has attracted international attention and awe, ensuring its place as one of the most photographed structures in the world, and consistently voted the world's most luxurious hotel. Acknowledged as the best hotel in the world, 7 Star luxury and service!
Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa
Al Maha Resort is nestled in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai’s magical dune and desert landscape in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve and plays a vital role in its conservation. Al Maha showcases the heritage and architecture of the Bedouins and also offers a sense of desert adventure.
Madinat Jumeriah Al Qasr
Al Qasr means 'The Palace' - and this hotel truly is the jewel in the crown of Madinat Jumeirah. Designed in the style of a Sheikh’s summer residence, the hotel replicates traditional royal architecture, coupled with luxurious modernity throughout.
Anantara The Palm Dubai
Imagine a unique destination set on a man-made marvel on the Dubai coastline that entices one and all with a distinct blend of serenity and splendour.  Offering an urban escape, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a wondrous place where a decadent experience awaits at a Palm Jumeirah hotel unlike any other.
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Etihad Business Class Special and July Airfare Deals

 

Etihad Airways Business Class Sale to Europe  

 

 

Etihad Business Class from Perth to Europe from

 

$8775 $5,325

 

Etihad Business Class from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Darwin from

 

$8775 $7,375

- Sale until 31Jul15

- Complimentary stopover accommodation in Abu Dhabi or Dubai may be available 

- Complimentary limousine transfers 

- Perth Sale Fares do not include Complimentary Limousines

- For full terms and conditions please ask your travel specialist

- Perth departures are valid until 28Feb16

- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin departures are valid until 31Mar16

  

More Fantastic First and Business Class Specials

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Cruising Luxury with Seabourn

Enjoy cruising the in the lap of luxury with these Seabourn Cruises from around the world:

18 Nights Singapore to Dubai with Seabourn
18 Nights Singapore to Dubai with Seabourn
Departure Date: 17Apr16
Depart From: Singapore
Cruiseship: Seabourn Sojourn
From: AU$8125
Ends in: Dubai, UAE
Cruiseline: Seabourn

7 Nights Venice to Athens with Seabourn Cruises
7 Nights Venice to Athens with Seabourn Cruises
Departure Date: 21May16, 18Jun16, 16Jul16, 13Aug16, 10Sep16, 08Oct16
Depart From: Venice, Italy
Cruiseship: Seabourn Odyssey
From: AU$6440
Ends in: Athens, Greece
Cruiseline: Seabourn

14 Night Odyssey of Asia with Seabourn Cruises
14 Night Odyssey of Asia with Seabourn Cruises
Departure Date: 14Feb16
Depart From: Singapore
Cruiseship: Seabourn Sojourn
From: AU$7650
Ends in: Singapore
Cruiseline: Seabourn

10 Nights Boston to Montreal with Seabourn
10 Nights Boston to Montreal with Seabourn
Departure Date: 11Sep15
Depart From: Boston, Massachusetts
Cruiseship: Seabourn Quest
From: AU$6495
Ends in: Montreal, Canada
Cruiseline: Seabourn
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Etihad Airways and FirstClass.com.au Spring Golf Day

Tee off in style with FirstClass.com.au and the Concord Golf Club

Etihad Airways and FirstClass.com.au Golf Day returns this spring at its new home, the prestigious Concord Golf Course! With an illustrious history spanning back over a century, The Concord Golf Club has played host to a number of championship tournaments including the Australian PGA, NSW Open, ANZ Championship and Australian Women’s Open.

So come down and tee off on this historic course with us on Thursday 3rd of September and enjoy a day of golf with the chance to win a number of prizes!

Secure your place today by emailing your details to Golf@firstclass.com.au.

 

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Ponant Information Events

Join Ponant for light refreshments and drinks. This is your opportunity to hear firsthand some of the highlights to be experienced on Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions. 

This season, PONANT will set sail to adventurous destinations like Alaska, the Arctic Far North and Canada, as well as a wide range of exciting European voyages including the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea and the Baltic. 

Event Information 

11 August – Centennial Parklands Dining - 2pm to 4pm or 6pm to 8pm

13 August – Boronia Tea Room Mosman - 2pm to 4pm or 6pm to 8pm

Secure your place today by emailing your details to travel@firstclass.com.au

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And Finally

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