Travelling in the Middle East has never been so accessible for Aussies, writes Ben Groundwater.
Is there any oasis, anywhere, more beautiful or luxurious than this?
When it comes to the big airlines of the world, you wonder how much better one can be over another. Qatar really does transcend.
Arrive at Souq Waqif jet-lagged and exhausted, and you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a scene out of the Arabian Nights.
Extra-charming flight attendants spoil us with pre-dinner drinks, which have gone the way of the dinosaur with many other airlines.
Frankincense was the making of this Middle Eastern peninsula but it's home to many more attractions.
It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it?
Oman offers a completely different taste of a region that people often overlook.