Profile: Emirates' New First Class Lounge in Dubaiby Robeel Haq on Oct 23, 2011
Celebrations were recently held at Dubai International Airport, where Emirates Airline opened its second dedicated lounge for first class passengers.
Located in the heart of Terminal 3, close to the airline’s business class lounge at Concourse 1, the new facility has been described as “as oasis of luxury and comfort”, with a contemporary design that includes modern artwork, water features, Italian marble flooring and gold-plated Rolex wall clocks from Geneva. In addition, the premium lounge – which measures 1058 square metres in total – has been equipped with a generous array of passenger amenities, such as plush armchairs, large-screen televisions, shower facilities and a quiet zone with eight recliners.
Peckish travellers, meanwhile, have access to a combination of formal and information dining areas, depending on their mood, each boasting a gourmet menu of complimentary hot and cold dishes, supported by a full bar service with premium beverages. Smokers have their own dedicated section too, while a business centre is available with four individual work stations, although passengers with their own laptops can utilise free wireless LAN connectivity throughout the lounge. Other highlights include custom-made Braille signage for visually-impaired visitors and seamless access to the 14 boarding gates at Concourse 1.
According to Mohammed H. Mattar, divisional senior vice president of Emirates airport services, the new lounge is testament to the airline’s deep-rooted tradition of providing customers with more options and greater convenience.
“We provide our first class passengers with a consistent, high-quality experience both on the ground and in the air, starting with their exclusive chauffeur-driven airport transfer and dedicated airport check-in counters, and continued with luxurious lounge facilities and our award-winning onboard service,” he explains. “The opening of this premium lounge – our fourth at Dubai International Airport – has reaffirmed Emirates’ dedication to offering passengers the very best.”
Emirate is now operating 29 dedicated lounges across its six-continent network, including this latest one in Dubai. Other flagship facilities are located in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Birmingham, Brisbane, Delhi, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York - JFK, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai and Zurich.
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