We will be headed to Dubai in March on UA for a long 4-day mileage run. Dubai is rich in luxury entertainment and leisure brands, and as one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations and an economy that shows continuous growth, it isn’t surprising that Dubai International Airport is ranked the Fourth busiest in the world (in terms of passengers), and its still growing! With an annual capacity of over 60 million passengers, DXB is the UAE’s largest airport. I have been told that the airline lounges are excellent, especially the Emirates Lounge. Located in Terminal 1 between gates 108 and 110, the airport lounge earned recognition at the Lounge of the Year 2011 awards and you can experience the refreshments, TVs, showers and Wi-Fi 24 hours a day. Elsewhere in the terminal is one of the two Marhaba VIP airport lounges, which is also open for 24 hours and is located between gates 123 and 125. Once their, members can enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, tv, telephones, newspapers, Wi-Fi and much more.
BUSINESS/FIRST LOUNGES IN TERMINAL 1
Doing our home work, we have learned that the Dubai International Business Class lounge, located in Terminal 1 at Gate C8, is for Business Class passengers whose airlines do not have their own dedicated lounges as well as approved card holders (I am a Gold Mileage plus — woo hoo! — United Airlines flies out of Terminal 1). With a seating capacity of 185, the facilities include spacious luggage area; six work stations with high speed internet connection; wireless internet facility; flight information screens; two shower stalls with amenities; one sleeping room with shower as well as smoking and quiet rooms. They also have the Timeless Spa in the Business Class Lounge, which provides a wide range of signature treatments – from beauty and massage therapies to hairstyling. All of these services are available to guests at a nominal fee.
On this mileage run, we’ll be looking for an oasis of peace and calm away from the busy terminal so the Dubai airport lounge is the perfect setting for a truly luxurious and relaxing pre-flight getaway. The hustle and bustle within Dubai International airport can be overwhelming so it’s good to know you can escape the noise and crowds in the exceptional environment of a Dubai airport lounge. Airport lounges in Dubai are synonymous with the opulence and luxury associated with this Middle Eastern country, so we will be able to enjoy the first class experience without being a first class passenger.
We will be able to stretch out on a comfy sofa while being served with drinks and snacks to recharge our batteries. Not just for business class travelers as the name suggests, the popular and stylish Business Class Lounge serves terminal 1 and is located between gates 108 and 110. This lounge is available to travelers using any airline or class of flight. Open 24 hours with shower facilities and free alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks, the lounge also offers a separate smoking area. They also have a First Class Lounge which is truly is a first class facility that offers an array of food and beverages with facilities to shower, store luggage or conduct business. The First Class Lounge is a place where you can get lost in all the luxuries Dubai International has to offer.
EMIRATES LOUNGES in TERMINAL 3
Emirates has now opened its 2nd dedicated First Class Lounge at Dubai Airport Terminal 3 making it the 4th dedicated premium Emirates Lounge in Dubai. The new Emirates Lounge, located at Dubai Airport Concourse 1 in front of the Business Class Lounge, will facilitate easy and seamless travel for First Class passengers who may be departing from any of the 14 gates located in Concourse 1. Passengers now have an additional choice and can access a lounge more conveniently located to their departure gates. The lounge features Italian marble flooring, high-quality leather sourced from Europe, custom-made Braille/tactile signage for the visually-impaired. With a contemporary design aesthetic, and a timeless color palette that has evolved from Emirates’ international lounge design, the new lounge is truly an oasis of luxury and comfort for its premium passengers. The 1,058 sq m lounge also boasts of a wide array of passenger amenities including a quiet zone with eight recliners, two 55 and 65 inch LED TVs, plush leather armchairs, a choice of formal or relaxed seating, two dining areas, shower facilities, a business centre with four individual work stations, Wifi connectivity within the lounge, a smoking area and the hallmark courteous service from dedicated lounge staff that completes the distinctive experience. Emirates first-class passengers can also indulge from an a-la-carte service accompanied by a full bar service including premium beverages.
Emirates business class lounges are designed to meet the expectations of its discerning business class passengers. The interior design and seating areas, themed around the concepts of Fire, Water, Air and Earth – offer a soothing and enjoyable ambience. Relax and treat yourself to the range of premium services tailored specifically for you at Emirates Terminal 3. Emirates’ attentive staff are on-hand around the clock, to ensure that you have a memorable experience. Location: Terminal 3, Departure Level, Concourse B, Near Gate No: B22
Emirates’ offers dedicated and personalised service to its First Class customers and Skywards Gold members in its sumptuous First Class Lounge at Emirates Terminal 3. You can also indulge in a wide range of culinary delights for adults and children, complete with a juice bar. From world-class gourmet dining to a dedicated Timeless Spa, the First Class lounge offers every luxury you would expect from Emirates. A Skywards Help Desk is also located within Emirates’ First Class Lounge, and Flight Information Display Systems are dotted throughout the lounge to keep you informed of their flight status. Staffing is 24/7 to ensure help at hand when needed and a warm welcome. Location: Terminal 3, Departure Level, Concourse B, Near Gate No: B22