Emirates First Class A380 Review

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Los Angeles (LAX) – Dubai (DXB)
Saturday, June 2
Depart: 4:40PM
Arrive: 7:30PM (+1 day)
Duration: 15hr50min
Aircraft: Airbus A380-800
Seat: 2F (First Class)

Ah, Emirates! It was so nice to be back onboard Emirates, especially on a flight this long. We boarded through the forward left door on the upper deck, where we were greeted by the purser and two flight attendants, and escorted left into the first class cabin. Emirates’ A380 first class cabin consists of a total of 14 seats, in a 1-2-1 configuration.

Emirates A380 first class cabin

There are four seats along the windows on each side of the cabin, and then three rows of center seats. While the suite finishes are perhaps over the top, this is the biggest first class cabin of any airline operating the A380 (along with British Airways, though they have first class on the lower deck), and in particular, it’s the most densely configured cabin. For example, Etihad fits just 10 seats in the same space, while Singapore Airlines fits just six seats in the same space.

Emirates A380 first class cabin

We had selected seats 2E & 2F for the flight, which are the center seats right in the middle of the cabin. While there are more spacious first class products out there, I love this configuration if traveling with someone, since you can really sit next to them and enjoy the flight together.

Emirates first class seats A380

Emirates first class seats A380

Emirates’ A380 first class cabin finishes are simply extra. Along the front of the suite you have a back-lit vanity, which has some Byredo toiletries.

Emirates first class vanity & toiletries

Then to the right of that is a small drawer that can be extended, with an Emirates branded notebook and pen.

Emirates first class writing kit

There’s also a snack basket in this area, which is at your seat during boarding, collected for takeoff, and then brought back again after takeoff. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always found the snack selection to be exceedingly random.

Emirates first class snack basket

Also underneath the front console is a power outlet. I was on one of Emirates’ older A380s, where the USB outlet isn’t in this area, unlike the newer ones.

Emirates first class power outlet

Then to the left of the seat is a (non-refrigerated) minibar, with a few sodas, still and sparkling water, juice, and a glass.

Emirates first class seat minibar

Then you have a small tablet that controls just about everything, from the entertainment to the seat position to the door. The tablet is really well done, given that it’s big, and given that you can remove it from its holder if you’d like. Then past that is the seat’s only real storage compartment — that’s an area where this seat lags, as there’s not much room to store things.

Emirates first class seat storage compartment and tablet

Emirates first class tablet

Emirates first class seat tablet

There’s a privacy partition between seats, which can be raised if you happen to be seated next to a stranger, or if you get tired of the person you’re traveling with. 😉

Emirates first class privacy partition

The tray table can be released from next to the minibar, and is massive. It’s a single unit, so there’s no option to fold it in half, or anything.

Emirates first class tray table

Along the right back of the seat is a reading light and an air nozzle, which is one of two air nozzles at the seat. That’s something I really appreciate, since far too many airlines don’t have any individual air nozzles.

Emirates first class reading light & air nozzle

Then along the right front of the seat are some basic seat controls, should you not want to use the tablet.

Emirates first class seat controls

Legroom in first class is great, though one major downside of the seat is that you’re expected to just place your belongings by your feet, as there are no overhead bins in first class. That’s mostly fine, but once you recline your seat your personal belongings can get in the way, and they’re also tough to access. The good news is that a vast majority of the times that I’ve flown Emirates A380 first class the cabin was nowhere close to full, and I could just place my bags in another suite, which I always recommend doing if possible.

Emirates first class legroom

Speaking of the 14 suites, while that may seem like a crowded cabin, I like that Emirates staggers the suites a bit. So the opening for one suite is never immediately next to the opening across the aisle, but rather it’s between two suites. This adds even more of a sense of privacy.

Emirates first class aisle

Emirates has crews from all over the world, so they can be hit or miss. Generally I find service to be excellent, but sometimes it’s not. In this case I could tell we had a phenomenal crew working first class. Emirates recently reduced first class staffing on the A380 from four flight attendants to three, so taking care of us in first class were two lovely ladies (Inez from Algeria and Debra from Ireland) and a guy from Serbia (I didn’t catch his name).

The two ladies were so incredibly friendly, while the guy didn’t have as much personality, though fortunately he worked the galley for most of the flight, so we didn’t interact with him much. They all came by to introduce themselves, and asked what we wanted to drink.

I ordered a glass of water. That’s right, I skipped champagne. That’s because Emirates “only” serves Moet on the ground when departing the US (since they don’t want to pay taxes on the more expensive stuff), and I’m a lightweight nowadays when it comes to drinking, and wanted to save my tolerance for the good stuff that’s served after takeoff.

Emirates first class pre-departure water

After that, all of the goodies were distributed for the flight, including the tote bag, pajamas, amenity kit, slippers, and eyeshades. The reason for the tote is that the A380 has shower suites, so the intention is that you can use the tote to take things with you to the shower.

Emirates first class goodies

Emirates’ amenity kit is leather and features BVLGARI toiletries.

Emirates first class amenity kit

Emirates’ pajamas are supposedly moisturizing, though that has always sounded more like marketing to me than anything else. The pajamas are alright, though I don’t love them, as I find them to be a bit too warm, personally.

Emirates first class pajamas

Then there are also sturdy slippers and eyeshades.

Emirates first class slippers & eyeshades

Also waiting at my seat were a pair of headphones. For an airline focused so much on brands and luxury, I really think they could do better than what they offer, as the headphones have nothing on Bose and the like.

Emirates first class headphones

Over the next 15 minutes the other first class passengers arrived. Fortunately it was a pretty light load today, as there were only six passengers in first class — two other passengers were an Indian couple, and then the other two passengers seemed to be Emirati, based on what I overheard.

While boarding took quite a while, fortunately we didn’t have to witness any of it, given that no other passengers passed through first class. I’d note that I used to love Emirates’ boarding music, which was this track:

Nowadays they seem to play a combination of pop and Arabic music, which I don’t like nearly as much.

About 30 minutes after boarding we were offered Arabic coffee and dates, as well as warm towels.

Emirates first class Arabic coffee & date

After that, one of the flight attendants came by our seats to take our shower appointments. Emirates has two shower suites at the front of the upper deck, and they’ll take appointments at the beginning of the flight. You can always change these around, though it helps to make a reservation if you want to shower before landing, since everyone seems to want to shower then.

So Ford and I both booked showers for an hour before landing, though later on changed them to earlier (which is usually what I end up doing).

At 4:25PM the (British) captain added his welcome aboard, on behalf of himself and the three other pilots. He informed us of our flight time of 15hr8min, and our cruising altitude of 41,000 feet. He explained we’d be taking off over the Pacific, flying over Reno, and would then be making our way to the North Pole.

A few minutes later the purser added her welcome aboard, on behalf of herself and the crew from 17 countries. At 4:35PM the main cabin door closed, and a moment later we began our pushback. At that point the safety video was screened. It has been a while since I’ve flown Emirates, but OMG their new safety video is long and boring.

Our taxi to runway 24L was pretty quick, and we were airborne by 4:55PM. For this portion of the flight I watched the tail camera, though unfortunately there was some dirt on the camera, which took away from the view a bit.

Emirates A380 tail camera

After watching the tail camera I switched to the flight map, which put into perspective just how long our journey would be (not that I’m complaining).

Emirates flight map to Dubai

20 minutes after takeoff Debra asked what she could get me to drink. I ordered a glass of the Dom Perignon 2000 P2, which is a limited time champagne Emirates is offering. At $350+ per bottle, it sure ain’t cheap.

Emirates first class Dom Perignon 2000 P2

“I gave you an Irish pour, I hope you don’t mind.” I sure don’t!

I was asked if I wanted some mixed nuts and canapés to go along with the champagne, which I agreed to. The mixed nuts were warm.

Emirates first class champagne & mixed nuts

The canapés are supposedly created in partnership with Dom Perignon’s chef given the special champagne they’re offering right now, and included buffalo mozzarella with pea cream and smoked olive oil, bresola with feta, poached pear, and cinnamon, and salmon with panko herb crumble

Emirates first class canapés 

About 45 minutes after takeoff Sujava, the purser from India, stopped by our seats to welcome us aboard and offer us the menus for the flight, which were presented in leather binders.

Emirates first class menu

Emirates offers a huge selection of a la carte dining, so you can eat what you want when you want. The menu read as follows:

And then there was Emirates’ excellent wine list:

After a couple of glasses of champagne we were asked if we wanted to order any food. I sort of have a “system” down in Emirates first class at this point — I have some champagne at my seat, I have the caviar course (and maybe an appetizer), and then I go to the bar, and then later on decide if I want to eat more.

One of the reasons I like to go to the bar early on is because it’s still quiet at that point. That’s because Emirates doesn’t have dine on demand in business class, so you can expect most business class passengers to be at their seats and eating for the first two hours or so.

So that’s exactly what we did. We ordered the caviar course, which was brought out within 15 minutes.

Emirates first class caviar service

Emirates first class caviar service

When we finished the caviar course the crew asked if we wanted more caviar. Ford ordered a second helping, and I ordered the seared prawns appetizer, which was excellent.

Emirates first class seared prawns appetizer

After that we decided to check out the onboard bars. There’s a small bar at the front of the first class cabin by the staircase. This isn’t really a social area since it’s right by the shower suites, but it is very well stocked with drinks, and also some packaged snacks.

Emirates first class bar

On display was a bottle of Hennessy Paradis (I’m not sure why it had white tape around it?) as well as a bottle of Dom Perignon.

Emirates first class Dom Perignon & Hennessy Paradis

At that point we walked back to the main bar, located at the back of business class. Emirates has two business class cabins on the A380, featuring a total of 76 seats — the forward cabin has 58 seats, while the rear cabin has 18 seats.

Emirates business class cabin A380

Emirates A380 business class cabin

Then there’s the beautiful bar at the very back. Emirates actually has a new style of bar, though very few three cabin A380s have it as of now, so we didn’t luck out this time. The bar has a couch on each side of the cabin, as well as a large television monitor.

Emirates A380 bar

Emirates A380 bar

Emirates A380 bar

Of course you could also order a cocktail at your seat, but there is something fun about ordering drinks at a bar on a plane.

The bar cocktail menu read as follows:

We ended up staying at the bar for a couple of hours, and ended up ordering espresso martinis, and then regular martinis.

Emirates espresso martinis

We were pretty sleepy at this point, and in the meantime the first class flight attendants had come back to the bar to check on us, and asked if we wanted our beds made for when we return to our seats. We said we did, and we returned about 30 minutes later, with about 12 hours remaining in our flight.

Emirates first class beds

Emirates first class beds

Emirates first class enclosed suite

The cabin was dark at this point, and there were stars on the ceiling, which is cute feature.

Emirates first class stars

I fell asleep as we were over Northern Canada.

Flight map to Dubai

Emirates’ bedding is excellent, and I managed to get about six hours of sleep, so woke up with just under six hours remaining in the flight. Ford and I woke up around the same time, so decided to order dinner, or whatever you’d call a meal at this point. I was hungry, but not that hungry, so I just went straight for the main.

I ordered the miso-glazed cod, which was excellent.

Emirates first class miso-glazed cod

Ford had a salad to start, which he could customize.

Emirates first class salad

He then had the Bangalore chicken, which he enjoyed.

Emirates first class Bangalore chicken

For dessert I decided to order the lemon drizzle cake.

Emirates first class lemon drizzle cake

At this point I checked out the tail camera, and it was light again outside, after a short night, and we were over Northern Europe.

Emirates A380 tail camera

Flight map enroute to Dubai

Up until this point I haven’t even touched on ICE, which is the name of Emirates’ entertainment system. They have the best entertainment selection in the sky, and I decided to watch Game Night, which I found to be hilarious and stupid.

Emirates ICE system

Emirates also offers OnAir Wi-Fi on their A380s. All passengers get 10MB of data for free, and then can pay $9.99 for 150MB of data or $15.99 for 500MB of data. In theory first and business class passengers who are Skywards members are supposed to get free wifi, but since I was crediting my flight to Alaska Mileage Plan, I wasn’t eligible (which I find to be an annoying policy).

The biggest catch with Emirates Wi-Fi is that it’s outrageously slow, almost unusably so. Expect to be able to text and maybe check emails, but that’s it.

Emirates wifi

As I watched the movie I ordered a cappuccino. Emirates has soy milk on US flights, which I appreciate.

Emirates first class cappuccino

Later on in the flight I ordered a French press coffee, which is another cool coffee option they have.

Emirates French press coffee

While we had originally scheduled our showers for an hour before landing, I was feeling a bit groggy and felt like a shower would help, so asked if I could shower ASAP. The flight attendants checked with the shower attendants, and within 10 minutes my shower was ready.

Emirates has two showers at the front of first class (and two shower attendants, for that matter). I’ve probably showered in Emirates first class a couple of dozen times at this point, but it still makes me giggle every time. Showering on a plane simply never gets old.

The shower suite is spacious when you consider you’re on a plane, and also nicely designed.

Emirates first class shower suite

Emirates first class shower suite

Emirates first class shower suite

There are tons of toiletries, so you really don’t need to bring anything.

Emirates first class toiletries

The shower suite is so over the top that you can even control the temperature of the floor.

Emirates first class floor temperature controls

The shower itself is a pretty good size, and in the event of turbulence you’re advised to take a seat on the bench.

Emirates A380 first class shower suite

Emirates A380 first class shower suite

Each passenger gets five minutes of water to use, though the trick is that you can turn the water on and off, so in reality your shower can last a lot more than five minutes.

Emirates A380 first class shower suite

The shower was great as always. By the way, remember how at the beginning of the flight there was a bar at the front of first class? Towards the end of the flight that’s transformed into something you’d find in a spa, with a water feature and tea. So. Over. The. Top.

Transformed Emirates A380 first class bar

Speaking of the showers, I wanted to briefly mention the Emirates shower attendants. These aren’t actually flight attendants, but rather they’re employees who sit in passenger seats for takeoff and landing. They’re paid significantly less than flight attendants, and they share hotel rooms on layovers. When they’re not looking after the shower spas, they’re cleaning all the other bathrooms on the plane. So always make sure you’re extra nice to them, cause they’re some of the hardest workers on the plane (and certainly the most under appreciated).

Whenever the shower suites aren’t being used for showers you can just use them as bathrooms. The shower attendants have an incredible attention to detail, so they’re cleaned after every use, and you should always find the perfect towel pyramid by the sink. In the event both shower suites are being used, there’s a smaller bathroom in the back of first class.

Emirates first class rear lavatory

Upon returning to my seat there was a small fruit plate, which they always place at the seat after the shower.

Emirates first class fruit plate

At this point we were about 2hr20min from our arrival in Dubai, having just passed Baku.

Flight map enroute to Dubai

Flight map enroute to Dubai

Within about 30 minutes we decided to order breakfast. I started with a fruit plate and a green juice.

Emirates first class fruit plate

I then had some blueberry yogurt.

Emirates first class fruit yogurt

For my main course I had a frittata, which was excellent, and in particular the red onion chutney added a nice flavor.

Emirates first class courgette and goat cheese frittata

Ford enjoyed his eggs florentine.

Emirates first class eggs florentine

Soon enough our flight was coming to an end, and just over 30 minutes out our captain provided us with updated arrival information.

Flight map to Dubai

Within 10 minutes a landing video was played about Dubai, and at that point the cabin was prepared for arrival.

The purser passed through the cabin before landing to see how each passenger enjoyed the flight. The couple seated in front of us had been a nuisance the entire flight. They were rude to the crew, they’d yell around the cabin if they wanted something, and towards the end of the flight they even got into a big fight. They were screaming so loudly during the fight that the crew came running from the galley, thinking that something was wrong.

The guy was clearly very, very, very drunk. So when the purser asked how things were, he rattled off a long list of how everything on the flight was awful. “The Indian food wasn’t good, the caviar wasn’t good, the drinks weren’t good.”

Given how wasted he was, I think it’s pretty rich of him to complain about the alcohol selection. Anyway, we had nothing but nice things to say about the flight, in particular about the excellent crew taking care of us. The purser apologized in advance that we’d be arriving at a gate without an upper deck jet bridge, so we’d have to walk down the forward stairs to deplane. You’d think that’s something Emirates could better plan for…

Anyway, we had a smooth touchdown in Dubai at 6:50PM, right as the sun was setting.

View approaching Dubai

Touching down in Dubai

From there we had just a short taxi to our arrival gate.

Arriving at gate in Dubai

We bid farewell to the crew, and headed towards our transit hotel for the night, which was a more interesting experience than I was expecting.

Emirates first class A380 bottom line

As far as I’m concerned there simply isn’t a more fun way to fly than Emirates A380 first class. Between the bar, shower, and over the top suites, this is a great first class product, especially if traveling with a companion. On top of that, Emirates’ drink and food selection is among the best in the sky.

Now, in fairness, in some ways this product isn’t cutting edge. These suites are relatively tight compared to some other ones out there, and Emirates’ OnAir Wi-Fi is among the slowest in the sky. While the A380 suites are tight, I’d note that Emirates’ new 777 first class is probably the best product in the sky, so Emirates is leading the way there as well.

This was an incredible flight, thanks in particular to the excellent crew and fairly empty cabin. It’s not often you have a nearly 16 hour flight but are sad when it’s over. Fortunately we had three more Emirates A380 first class flights ahead of us.

  1. “Emirates’ A380 first class cabin finishes are simply extra”

    It’s almost like a blingy cigar bar with way too much faux mahogany…

  2. Oi vey Ben …I love your reviews but this one was just filled with self entitled comments. (Heaven forbid you have to walk down a flight of stairs to disembark) Please be mindful of your readers, most of us are living the dream through your posts 😉

  3. Looks like another consistently great EK F flight. I struggle to get over how dated EK’s interiors are though, everything in the photos for this review was the height of luxury about 10-15 years ago…

    The way you use the word ‘extra’ is also slightly annoying.

  4. My last experience at DXB was a bus gate for a two cabin A380. Greatful I was in J but even with the special bus it still took 45 minutes to get into the terminal with all the bus congestion. Point is, it could have been worse and this is a symptom of a horribly congested airport.

  5. @Tom Maybe you’re bothered by the use of ‘extra’ but he’s using it in a common, millennial way. I sort of appreciate it.

  6. Hey lucky! Just took my Emirates F flights off the sale you posted about, thank you so much again!!, and was wondering your experience with how long it takes for the miles to post to Alaska? Thank you!!!

  7. Says I’m a lightweight when it comes to alcohol these days.
    Then proceeds to down champagne and martinis.

    Alrighty then.

  8. I’m guessing that Hennessy bottle needs more grip on the table surface due to its wobbly nature hence the tape.

  9. PLEASE, no more Emirates reviews! Or change the name of your blog to One Emirates Flight At A Time.

  10. @ Super VC-10 — I’m sorry you don’t want to read Emirates reviews, though in fairness, it has been nearly three years since I’ve reviewed Emirates’ A380 first class, so I think an update was in order.

  11. @ Drew — Sorry if it came across that way. To be clear, I had no issues walking down the stairs (of course), but Emirates transports a lot of senior passengers, so forcing up to 90 people to walk down stairs seems like something that should be avoided if possible.

  12. Their F cabin is ghastly (as is their J) and anyone who thinks otherwise has a severe lack of taste. It’s just too Sex in the City 2 for words.

  13. How come nothing about the booking process? Was in on points? Paid with cash? Emirates sponsored? Would love to hear strategies about booking this kind of flight.

  14. Facilities and F&B offerings look awesome… cabin interior may be the taste of some (or many, I don’t know) but not me.. I’d rather be in either Qatar or Etihad cabins.. I’d rather be in SQ’s old Suites, but get Emirates’ F&B offerings..

  15. Great review, thanks!

    I thought Emirates was serving pricey stuff on their wine list. They market that they serve First Growth Bordeaux and substitute second label Forts de Latour (albeit with a little age on it which is apporpopriate). The other bordeaux is a $30 bottle at best. No burgundy, although the Jaboulet Hermitage blanc ($80 at retail) might be interesting.

    Champagne and port are appropriate offers vs. what they say in the marketing and WSJ, the rest seems no better than any other airlines first class and worse than what I’m been seeing for Cathay’s new, and lesser, wine list offerings.

    I drink lightly these days, so it wouldn’t bother me anymore, but if I was looking forward to the wine based on the WSJ article (for those with a subscription, here it is https://www.wsj.com/articles/chateau-margaux-for-seat-2a-emirates-rewrites-rules-for-airlines-1531406181).

  16. I have to say an Emirates review is probably the most boring out there… Nothing about the cabin, seat or food gets me excited.

  17. @Ben,

    I will bet taking my Emirates F (from December sale), starting on Friday YYZ-DXB-MXP (RT), plus Friday is my b-day, and I think my wife requested a cake!

  18. Lovely review and lovely trip!
    I don’t get why so many other airlines don’t serve Cappuccino-based drinks. Seems like a given to me and only marginal costs.

    Re: the stairs, you can always request a wheelchair service at Dubai (quality and arrival time can be hit or miss) to get you off the plane. This includes getting off the upper deck of the A380 when no upper deck bridge is available.

  19. @Gina, calling someone a douche is not necessary. I had the same question about the stairs, which Lucky did address.

  20. Lucky, I am will you all the way on this review. I am a US citizen that happens to own a residence on the island of Mauritius. If it was not for Emirates I wonder if I would have pulled trigger on the property purchase in 2014. They serve the island with two daily flights. We look forward to our 22 hours of flight time each time we visit. Of course, it is in their wonderful first class cabin. Worked hard over my business career to be able to sit up front, so please, no weenie whining from those in the gallery that can’t seem to resist throwing an elbow or two. Keep up the good work Lucky and hope to run into you someday on Emirates.

  21. enjoyed the post even though I shall never be able to go first class. I am looking forward to a business class trip with them as soon as I transfer enough points…….

  22. Is their any award for the most shoddy interior Lucky? I’m sure Emirates will be the winner. What a terrible interior. I guess you closed your eyes as soon as possible

  23. Just booked our first emirates 1st class ever!! Can’t wait! So excited! Keep the emirates reviews coming!!

  24. Ah, yes, the drunk and abusive, presumably Indian, couple. It’s an unfortunate failure mode of the culture among the slightly privileged… They seem to enjoy terrorizing those who they believe are inferior.

    On other carriers, one wonders if the pilot would have declared an emergency and diverted to Thule, deposited the violent passengers, and then departed.

  25. Loved the report Ben. Nearly 2 months since you took the flight, I’m looking forward to reading the new trip reports – are you a little behind posting trips ?

  26. @Beachfan I too noticed the Paul Jaboulet Ainé ! One of my favourite wine estates.

    I can assure you that a 14€ bottle from them (and I’ve tasted some already) is worth any 100€ you might think is better !

    Gret review Ben, your life is aweful 😉

  27. White tape – the bottle is probably a form of crystal which is vulnerable to shattering when striking against the metal retaining bar on the shelf during turbulence. Hope you had some of that, not cheap.

  28. Interestingly flew EK in J recently and the amenity kit above is exactly the same content as the one in this post, fabric case rather than leather but same exact same content. I wonder if this is usual or if they are cost cuttting?

  29. @George I’m flying to Mauritius on Emirates F in less than a month. I am beyond excited! Any tips on what to do or see on the island beyond the beaches and more popular activities? Thanks!

  30. @Drew:

    The other reason for mentioning the stairs to deplane is that Ben’s flight was arriving at DXB, EK’s home airport. Given how many A380’s EK flies, it’s kind of pathetic that the airport should have any gates at all that can’t accommodate both decks of the plane.

  31. @Nicholas Bedworth – do you really think it’s an unfortunate “failure mode” of just that culture? I have observed similar behavior from individuals of many varied cultures (ahem, look at the d-bag leading my country…)

  32. What a coincidence! I got exactly the same items on the snack basket on my trip last May from Dubai-Tunis 🙂

  33. I’m so glad you mentioned the work of the shower attendants. I have friends that used to be cabin crew for EK and from what they say and you’ve said here, they work so hard and totally deserve recognition. Thanks for mentioning that!

  34. following is my daughters review of her emirates FC flight. I have flown all of the top 15 FC intl carriers including emirates (all using mileage)…except singapore and air france (of course) also all of the asian carriers. IMHO emirates is #1….peeps that think the “bling” is over the top dont get it IMHO as the service is what matters and it is truly incredible. currently on a trip in cambodia…FC jal westbound…looking forward to my FC korean 747i into sfo. i know you love that equipment.

    heres her review:

    7/22 8 am: My journey began with Yoshi the driver. He was right on time and took me to IAD. No traffic. He had a perfect balance of talking and leaving me alone to read my paper.

    7/22 9 am: Security was swift. The lounge at IAD, as you know, was mediocre. There were some yummy snacks, but nothing special.

    7/22 10 am- 7/23 8 am: The first leg of my journey begins (IAD to Dubai). The staff was wonderful, as expected. The person assigned to me was Russian and talked to me about a psychologist she loves, recommending a few of his books. Similar to Yoshi, she didn’t overdo it with the chatter. I timed my shower perfectly for right before dinner. I could have lounged in that bathroom for longer it was so luxurious. The water was the perfect temperature. The shower was short, but still quite enjoyable. While I appreciated that you could make your suite private by closing the doors I was also worried I would sleep through meal times and wanted them to be able to wake me up. Besides I could sleep anytime! This was an experience I couldn’t miss! I watched about half of the Vietnam War PBS doc, did some work, and some reading. I took short walks and attempted to hang out at the bar, but no one was really around so that got boring. I wish they had lounge seats at the bar and I could do my reading out there. The caviar was divine and for my second order they brought me a double order. I got 2 pairs of pajamas (one went to Seth). They’re better quality than most of pjs I have purchased. I took my toiletries (Bvlgari bag, perfume, etc.) and tote bag, thanked the staff, and was on my way to the Dubai lounge.

    7/23 8 am- 4 pm: I had the whole day in Dubai and took full advantage! I started in Lounge B, which was by far the biggest and the best (see pics). It was empty (like the other lounges) so the staff was very responsive to any needs. I loved being able to order off the menu and eat at the buffet at the restaurant. After breakfast it was time to explore. I asked about the pool/ jacuzzi at the Timeless spa (as advertised on the Emirates’ timeless spa website) and the staff was mostly confused, but directed me to the lounge at terminal C (see pics). This was the smallest lounge and surrounded by construction. Not the greatest. The staff there was also confused about the pool/ jacuzzi, but I figured I have the whole day it must be located at the Timeless Spa in lounge A. So I headed there (30 minutes total, with the tram and walking). The special part about Lounge A is that you can connect directly to your gate from the lounge. Beyond that it’s narrow and not as enjoyable as Lounge B (I thought I took a picture of lounge A, but must have forgotten). A staff person there informed me there is no pool or jacuzzi at the Timeless spa. I said excuuuuuse me! then showed her the pictures on the website. She did some research and as it turns out the pool/ jacuzzi are located in the Terminal B hotel! Emirates first class customers do not have free access, but I figured whats 20 bucks? So I headed back to Terminal B. After about an hour in the pool/ jacuzzi–pics attached (relaxing and also had a steam room… highly recommend) I showered and headed back to my favorite Lounge B. I order some more off the menu and of course nibbled at the buffet. The mutton stew was my favorite meal. While I am not a fan of massages since it was free (15 min) I felt an obligation so I got the thai stretch massage. This is not for those who do not like massages, but it felt sort of nice about an hour after.

    7/23 4- 8 pm: My second Emirates first class experience from Dubai to Nairobi. A shorter flight, but just as enjoyable. Unfortunately I hadn’t really slept on my previous flight or at the lounges in Dubai due to fomo, which meant I slept most of this flight. The service was again impeccable. The attendant combined 3 different meals into one so I could test all of them for dinner.

    To summarize: A great experience overall and highly recommend regular travelers due it once. Of course it’s not worth the $30,000 price tag, but if you have the funds and can get it for half off I would say do it (of course i was using my dad’s mileage). And definitely make sure you have a long enough layover in Dubai to fully enjoy the lounges. My only complaint is that the pool/ jacuzzi should not be advertised on the Timeless Spa website if it is not located at a Timeless Spa. It should be clearly indicated where it is located and that there is a charge for those not staying at the hotel. I had plenty of time to go on a search, but if my layover wasn’t all day this would have been very aggravating. Looking forward to wintertime when I can lounge in my pjs! I’ve already made good use of my tote bag and toiletries.

    sorry her pix didnt copy but u have them all anyway.

    BTW: i have also flown etihad FC and it was extremely irritating that the seats reclined about as much as a coach plus seat

  35. hello again lucky…i love all of your reviews especially your hilarious pithy comments: like always watching “ice age”. i dont quite get periodic comments you receive criticizing these. its what makes your reviews so much fun to read..i also like “onemileatatime” mostly just for basic info.

    do you ever get to sfo for conferences as i would like to meet you someday

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