Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates business class en route to Dubai on the new Airbus A380.

This is the open bar in the back of the upper deck, in case the mini-bar at your seat is insufficient.

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My passionate love/hate of Dubai is saddled with yet another layer of ambivalence. While I'm living out this fantasy of geek tech opulence, we are straddling the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. And I can't help thinking someone in one of the private cabins up front is looking out the window and snickering as he twirls his mustache.