Review: Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai Airport (DXB)

Review: Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai Airport (DXB)

NAME: Emirates First Class Lounge
Airport: DXB
DATE: April 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Emirates first class lounge Dubai is the largest in the world, has friendly staff, a great restaurant area, and allows boarding directly from the lounge. However, aside from that, the lounge leaves a lot to be desired, in my opinion.
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After a couple of nights in Dubai, it was time to fly Emirates first class from Dubai to Male. As is often the case in the Middle East, our flight was departing at an ungodly hour — 4:20AM.

Rather than paying for a hotel for an extra night, we instead checked out of our hotel at 6PM, had dinner with a friend, and then headed to the airport at around 9PM. Thanks to our jetlag, it actually wasn’t bad at all.

This also allowed us to spend an extended amount of time in Emirates’ first class lounge, which I hadn’t visited in years. I continue to have mixed feelings about this lounge. It’s the biggest first class lounge in the world, and impressive for its size. The staff, food, and wine in the lounge are also all great. But there’s not a whole lot that feels luxurious about the lounge otherwise, if you ask me.

Let’s get into the review…

Emirates first class check-in Dubai

Our friend dropped us off at the airport at around 9PM at the dedicated first & business class check-in area. It was deserted at the time, given that most Emirates passengers are connecting, and beyond that there wasn’t a bank of departing flights for several more hours.

The below is the dedicated premium check-in area. Yep, it’s huge.

Emirates first & business class check-in hall Dubai Airport (DXB)

We headed to the first class counter, where we were checked in for our flight to Male within minutes.

Emirates first class check-in Dubai Airport (DXB)

There’s also a dedicated premium departures experience. All passengers can use the Smart Gates to go through the exit immigration process, and then after that is the security checkpoint, where there was also no line.

Emirates first & business class check-in hall Dubai Airport (DXB)

Emirates first class lounge Dubai location

Emirates has three first class lounges at Dubai Airport, though the most impressive one is in Concourse A. All Emirates gates are connected airside, so regardless of where your flight departs from, you can use any of the first class lounges.

Once through security we followed the signage toward Concourse A, which requires taking a train.

Dubai Airport (DXB) train system

This isn’t just some train that takes you a few hundred yards, but instead it’s quite a long distance, and you almost feel like you’re in a subway in a city.

Dubai Airport (DXB) train system

Once done with the ride, you can either take the escalators or elevators up to the main terminal level.

Dubai Airport (DXB) Concourse A
Dubai Airport (DXB) Concourse A
Dubai Airport (DXB) Concourse A

Once on the main terminal level, the entrance to the lounges is straight ahead, and there’s signage reflecting that.

Emirates lounge signage Concourse A Dubai Airport (DXB)

The first class lounge is one level above the concourse, while the business class lounge is two levels above the concourse. We were admitted once our boarding passes were scanned, though were reminded that our flight would be departing from another concourse, so we should leave plenty of time.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai Airport (DXB) entrance

Emirates first class lounge Dubai hours & entry requirements

The Emirates first class lounge is open 24/7, reflecting that Emirates has flights all hours of the day and night. In terms of entry requirements, the Emirates first class lounge is open to the following passengers:

  • Emirates first class passengers
  • Emirates Skywards Platinum members
  • Access can be purchased — if you’re in Emirates business class, you can “upgrade” for $150 ($125 if you’re a Skywards member), or if you’re in Emirates economy class, you can buy access for $300 ($250 if you’re a Skywards member)

Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating & layout

Emirates’ first class lounge in Concourse A is absolutely massive, at over 100,000 square feet. It’s by far the biggest first class lounge in the world, and one of the biggest airport lounges in the world, period. The lounge spans the entire length of the concourse, as it’s just one floor above. The only difference is that there’s an “atrium” of sorts where you can walk in the terminal but can’t walk in the lounge.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai size

The benefit of the size of this lounge is that you can board your flight directly from the lounge. Just as the terminal has 24 gates, so does the lounge.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai gate signage

You just have to find your gate number, and then there’s a “podium” where your boarding pass will be scanned. You’ll then just take an elevator directly down to the jet bridge. Unfortunately our flight was departing from Concourse C, so we had to walk there (and it’s a really long walk).

Emirates first class lounge Dubai gate

The lounge is so big that there are several maps throughout the lounge, in the event that you’re lost or looking for a certain amenity.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai map

Anyway, there are long walkways connecting all parts of the lounge, and it’s at least easy to stay generally oriented. The entrance to the lounge is at the halfway point, so in one direction you have gates A1-12, and in the other direction you have gates A13-24.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai walkway

The issue with having a lounge of this size is that it’s just void of character. There’s nothing cozy or intimate about the lounge, and you just have endless seating. Like, truly endless seating — football fields worth of seating, to the point that you can’t help but wonder why there are so many seats.

It’s weird, because Emirates is known for its over-the-top blingy interiors. And while I’d never want my home decorated that way, there’s a certain charm to it when flying with the airline in moderation. Yet that’s also missing in this lounge. Instead you just kind of feel like you’re in a nice funeral home waiting room, or something. Ford described the decor of the lounge as a taupe nightmare, and I’d tend to agree.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating
Emirates first class lounge Dubai seating

I also want to point out that during my visit roughly half of the lounge was closed. So yeah, the above is just a small sampling of the seating in half of the lounge.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai partial closure

Emirates first class lounge Dubai restaurant

One of the strong points of the Emirates first class lounge is the dining selection. While there are several food & beverage stations, there’s one main restaurant area that has both a buffet and a la carte dining.

The dining area has plenty of seating, and the entire experience feels restaurant quality. The lounge serves breakfast from 4AM until 11AM, and lunch and dinner from 11AM until 4AM, and you can find the full menu here.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai dining area
Emirates first class lounge Dubai dining area
Emirates first class lounge Dubai dining area
Emirates first class lounge Dubai dining area
Emirates first class lounge Dubai dining area

There’s a fairly decent buffet, with a selection of cold starters, hot mains, desserts, coffee, and tea.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai buffet
Emirates first class lounge Dubai buffet
Emirates first class lounge Dubai buffet
Emirates first class lounge Dubai buffet
Emirates first class lounge Dubai buffet
Emirates first class lounge Dubai buffet

I think the much more appealing option is the a la carte selection. The staff in the restaurant are lovely and incredibly attentive. Once seated, we were brought a bread basket.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai dinner

To start, we split a hamachi poke bowl, which was tasty.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai dinner

Then for our mains, I ordered the green burger, while Ford had the chicken biryani.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai dinner
Emirates first class lounge Dubai dinner

For dessert we split the Middle Eastern tres leches cake. I loved the presentation, as there was “smoke” coming from the dish as it was served to us.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai dinner

The staff here were all invested in making sure guests have a nice experience, and the food is good quality. My one point of feedback would be that I wish the Emirates first class lounge had barista-made espresso drinks. The business class lounge has a partnership with Costa to provide barista services, so you’d think this lounge could also have decent coffee drinks.

I’d note that in addition to the lounge, there are several self-serve food & drink stations throughout the lounge, with cold appetizers and desserts, coffee, and a selection of wine.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai snack area
Emirates first class lounge Dubai snack area

Emirates first class lounge Dubai wine selection

If you have time to kill in the Emirates first class lounge and are into wine, I’d highly recommend taking part in the Emirates wine scavenger hunt. Why? Because you might find some ridiculously good wine, but it’ll take some searching. Let me explain

  • The only wine that Emirates consistently has is the first class lounge is Moet champagne; this is of course decent, but not as good as the Dom Perignon you’ll be served onboard
  • Emirates has invested over half a billion dollars in its wine program, so Emirates has some pretty spectacular wines onboard
  • While some wines are specifically for the first class lounge, Emirates also places many leftover bottles of wine from onboard in the first class lounge
  • So sometimes you’ll find a ridiculously good bottle there, it just takes some searching
  • Last year I wrote about how you can expect to just randomly find some $500+ bottles of red wine in the lounge, but there might just be one or two bottles at a random self-serve food & beverage station

With time to spare, Ford and I went on a wine scavenger hunt, whereby we went to all the drink stations in the lounge and then looked up the wines. Unfortunately it wasn’t a good night for this game, it seems, as the selection wasn’t too exciting.

Emirates first class lounge wine selection
Emirates first class lounge wine selection
Emirates first class lounge wine selection

In terms of price, the most expensive we came across was a bottle of 2009 Chateau Beychevelle. We had a glass just for fun, but weren’t fans, to put it mildly.

Emirates first class lounge wine selection

Anyway, if you’re into wine, it’s always worth having some fun in the lounge…

Emirates first class lounge Dubai nap & rest area

The Emirates first class lounge Dubai has a quiet area that can be used as a nap room. There are some day beds as well as chairs with ottomans, and each seat has a blanket and some eyeshades.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai nap room
Emirates first class lounge Dubai nap room
Emirates first class lounge Dubai nap room
Emirates first class lounge Dubai nap room
Emirates first class lounge Dubai nap room

If you have a longer layover, keep in mind that Emirates has a stopover program, whereby you can get a free hotel if you have a layover of at least six hours (there are some terms associated with this, though those are the basics). With a long layover, that would be much more comfortable.

With a lounge of over 100,000 square feet, I don’t get why Emirates couldn’t have put some real private bedrooms in this lounge as well, though? For example, the Turkish Airlines lounge Istanbul has bedrooms for business class passengers, so you wouldn’t think that would be a big ask for a lounge this size designed for first class passengers.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai cigar bar

Smokers will certainly appreciate the cigar bar in Emirates’ first class lounge. I know my dad loved this place when we visited for his last “round” birthday. For that matter, when I texted him from the lounge, this was the first thing he brought up.

While some lounges have small smoking rooms, this is a proper, “dignified” cigar bar.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai cigar bar
Emirates first class lounge Dubai cigar bar
Emirates first class lounge Dubai cigar bar
Emirates first class lounge Dubai cigar bar

Emirates first class lounge Dubai business center

The Emirates first class lounge Dubai has a business center with cubicles, PCs, and even meeting rooms. Given how spread out the lounge is, it tends to stay quiet, so I’ve never used this area. But some might find it to be a good place to get some work done.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai business center
Emirates first class lounge Dubai business center
Emirates first class lounge Dubai meeting room

Emirates first class lounge Dubai showers & bathrooms

There are bathrooms throughout the Emirates first class lounge, which are constantly cleaned by lounge staff.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai bathrooms
Emirates first class lounge Dubai bathrooms
Emirates first class lounge Dubai bathrooms

There are also some shower suites, which are typically pretty readily available.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai shower area
Emirates first class lounge Dubai shower suites

Each shower suite has a walk-in shower, toilet, and sink. While there are more luxurious shower suites out there, these have all the basics.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai showers
Emirates first class lounge Dubai showers
Emirates first class lounge Dubai shower suite
Emirates first class lounge Dubai shower suite

Emirates first class lounge Dubai duty free shopping

Since the Emirates first class lounge is the size of a concourse, it also has amenities similar to what you’d expect to find in a concourse, including extensive duty free shopping. From jewelry, to alcohol, to sweets, there’s not an airport lounge in the world that features more shopping.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai duty free
Emirates first class lounge Dubai duty free
Emirates first class lounge Dubai duty free
Emirates first class lounge Dubai duty free
Emirates first class lounge Dubai duty free

Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa

Emirates has a partnership with Timeless Spa, offering complimentary spa treatments for first class passengers. The spa isn’t inside the lounge, but rather is right next to the entrance to the lounge (as it’s also open to non-premium passengers). There are actually two Timeless Spas — one outside the first class lounge and one outside the business class lounge (currently only the latter is open).

Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa
Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa
Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa

Emirates first class passengers can choose from four complimentary treatments, including:

  • A de-stress back massage
  • Leg & food reflex therapy
  • Indian head massage
  • Thai body stretch
  • Soothing hand massage
Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa menu

In addition to that, there are a variety of paid treatments that anyone can book.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa menu

I certainly don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but the current execution of this almost makes me wonder why they bother:

  • There was one person working in the spa, so Ford and I couldn’t even get a 15 minute treatment at the same time
  • I asked for the hand massage, which ended up being more of a back massage in one of those chairs that you lean into, with maybe a minute spent on each hand
  • There’s nothing spa-like about the experience — there was no music, no tea or refreshing towel, and the spa is really sterile

Like I said, it’s nice that this is offered at all, but it seems like there are some low cost changes that could be made to have this be an actually nice experience that’s memorable, rather than something you do and then forget five minutes later.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai Timeless Spa

Emirates first class lounge Dubai shoe shine

One really nice feature of the Emirates first class lounge is the shoe shine service.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai shoe shine

The cool thing is that this isn’t just a traditional shoe shine for someone traveling in business attire, but there are several options, including a sneaker refresh. I had my sneakers cleaned, and they looked like new after the awesome shoe shine guy was done with them. So this is something to keep in mind if you’re passing through the lounge.

Emirates first class lounge Dubai shoe shine

Bottom line

There’s a lot to love about the Emirates first class lounge Dubai — it’s the largest in the world, it has friendly staff, the restaurant is solid, it has a cigar lounge and endless other amenities, and you can board your flight directly from the lounge.

Beyond that, though, this has to be one of the most sterile and least cozy and chic first class lounges in the world. It kind of feels like you’re in a waiting room the size of a terminal, and I feel like the space could have been utilized better to add amenities like bedrooms, a gym, a better spa, a coffee shop, etc.

While this lounge continues to rank on my list of the world’s first class airline lounges, it’s not at the top…

If you’ve visited the Emirates first class lounge Dubai, what was your impression?

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  1. Justin Guest

    Its a bit like been in some dated old house/hotel. Yes the food and drinks are good, service excellent, but its os drab, Jump on a QATAR flight say A350-1000 and then a Emirates 777 in Biz and you can see the difference there, Emirates with all the wood and gold, so old school. But, they are top dog on service and food, drinks as well, but I do wonder why on ever with 10,000...

    Its a bit like been in some dated old house/hotel. Yes the food and drinks are good, service excellent, but its os drab, Jump on a QATAR flight say A350-1000 and then a Emirates 777 in Biz and you can see the difference there, Emirates with all the wood and gold, so old school. But, they are top dog on service and food, drinks as well, but I do wonder why on ever with 10,000 wines to pick from in 1st class I cant even get a Pinot Gris. They just need to do a revamp and it would be even better. As for wanting to send any longer that a few hours there why would you, arrive via 1st then 1st lounge, then 1st departure, It all gets a bit same same. you can only eat drink so much.

  2. Azraai Guest

    I will be having a layover in DXB for around 3.5 hours and will have the access to the First lounge. I was considering changing my departure flight to an earlier one (at no additional cost), which will grant me over 10 hours of layover instead. This will be my first time in EK's First lounge so I'm planning to maximize my time here, or shouldn't I be bothered doing so?

  3. Gully Travels Guest

    I love the lounge and FYI Qantas Platinum and Chairman lounge members also get access when flying Emirates.

  4. Michelle Belaski Guest

    Thanks for the post and excellent photos...both brought back many pleasant memories. I'm not as well traveled as you, but it was a fun experience for me and I enjoyed every minute.

  5. Bjørn Nordbakk Guest

    I Will been Therese in 17 dans for a 3 hour stopover.
    Always enjoy it.

  6. KK13 Gold

    I have been to few first class lounges. The Air France lounge at CDG, the Swiss lounge at Zurich and the Al Safwa lounge at Doha will blow Emirates away, any day. No comparison!

  7. Tom Guest

    There are some things here I disagree with and some things I agree with. Overall, this EK F lounge is one of my favourites. I agree the decor is a bit drab and it’s just too big. However, it gets all the other basics of a first class lounge right - very good cooked to order food, super service and comfortable seating. This lounge is everything Al Safwa is not, for example - Al Safwa...

    There are some things here I disagree with and some things I agree with. Overall, this EK F lounge is one of my favourites. I agree the decor is a bit drab and it’s just too big. However, it gets all the other basics of a first class lounge right - very good cooked to order food, super service and comfortable seating. This lounge is everything Al Safwa is not, for example - Al Safwa has stunning design but a wide selection of uncomfortable seating, reheated food and service which just feels odd to me (almost no one ever smiles and it’s attentive until it’s not when you get ignored for 30 minutes). If you are on an 8 hour layover back to the US I can see how the lack of private sleeping rooms, fancy showers, flashy champagne etc is an issue with EK, but if you turn up 2 hours before your flight to LHR this lounge is close to perfect.

    1. KK13 Gold

      Reheated food at Al Safwa? And issues with seating? Not sure if we had been to the same lounge.

    2. Tom Guest

      The only comfortable seating in Al Safwa is in the dining area, there are no proper armchairs throughout the rest of the lounge and it gets a bit tedious if you don't want to sit in the dining area's harsh lighting and surrounded by people on a mission to drink as much champagne as possible.

      There is a general rule in Doha Airport that no naked flames are permitted, hence why the steaks are horrible...

      The only comfortable seating in Al Safwa is in the dining area, there are no proper armchairs throughout the rest of the lounge and it gets a bit tedious if you don't want to sit in the dining area's harsh lighting and surrounded by people on a mission to drink as much champagne as possible.

      There is a general rule in Doha Airport that no naked flames are permitted, hence why the steaks are horrible and most of the rest of the food tastes like fancy microwave meals in Al Safwa. Wouldn't expect all the posters here blinded by the fact you can get unlimited premium champagne to notice any of that, however.

    3. KK13 Gold

      There are tons of arms chairs, tables etc. along the long corridor before and after the fountain when you walk to the dining area. I have been there more than 10 times... unless due to COVID they took those off.

      Speaking of food, that's partially incorrect. They always make fresh, flame-cooked food, but inside the kitchen. Check some their videos.

      Why would I eat a steak, when there are hundreds of other cuisines...

      There are tons of arms chairs, tables etc. along the long corridor before and after the fountain when you walk to the dining area. I have been there more than 10 times... unless due to COVID they took those off.

      Speaking of food, that's partially incorrect. They always make fresh, flame-cooked food, but inside the kitchen. Check some their videos.

      Why would I eat a steak, when there are hundreds of other cuisines and amazing food to try from? Do you think they make awesome steaks at DXB lounge? Hell no!

    4. David Guest

      The seats are reasonably comfortable. What I couldn’t tolerate was the lighting which was just too intense, and I found it impossible to relax comfortably.

  8. efembe Guest

    Having used both, in many ways there is little difference between First and Business, and however much seating there is someone always decides to sit next to me if when virtually empty!!!
    How on earth were you allowed to take so many photos?

  9. Bernard Beston Guest

    The Lounge offering varies hugely and the fare on offer is very small.
    Wine List is mediocre at best.
    Staff are a very mixed bag but definitely NOT selected for their charm or personality.
    Coffee is substandard with no Barista. Generally it is cold too!
    It used to be superb for its excellent range of reading material. But not any more!
    The gate access is poorly managed. Managed is not...

    The Lounge offering varies hugely and the fare on offer is very small.
    Wine List is mediocre at best.
    Staff are a very mixed bag but definitely NOT selected for their charm or personality.
    Coffee is substandard with no Barista. Generally it is cold too!
    It used to be superb for its excellent range of reading material. But not any more!
    The gate access is poorly managed. Managed is not the right word as their is no nanagement of it. No where to sit whilst waiting for the Gate to open.
    A Manager will tell you that when the gate opens, he'll come and inform you! Don't believe him it you want to catch your flight. He doesnt return!
    That assumes the gate is within walking distance which it frequently is not.
    It could be a superb Inviting Lounge but really needs professio al management and improved staff selection.
    Of course, as least it is there!
    So yes better than nothing, maybe!
    There are NO LOUNGES in Australia, but the Airticket prices have increased.
    The $40 vouchers offered at Sydney International Airport are not much help when there is no cafe or coffee shop is open.

  10. Carrie Member

    I suspect that I like the F Lounge in Concourse A as it generally signals that I am on vacation. As noted by many, the staff are exceptionally attentive, the Emirati meals in particular are gorgeous, the bathrooms are scrupulously clean and the boarding process is generally flawless (unless you are at a remote stand and then things are less than perfect .... read 'horrendous'). But I fail to understand how Moët is the champagne...

    I suspect that I like the F Lounge in Concourse A as it generally signals that I am on vacation. As noted by many, the staff are exceptionally attentive, the Emirati meals in particular are gorgeous, the bathrooms are scrupulously clean and the boarding process is generally flawless (unless you are at a remote stand and then things are less than perfect .... read 'horrendous'). But I fail to understand how Moët is the champagne offered in a premium Lounge. Not only is it my least favourite of the French bubbles (so that is me just being selfish) but it does not set the tone for what is to come, nor complements the exclusivity of the Lounge, nor competes with what is offered in other First Lounges (indeed, in many of the Business) Lounges provided by other premium carriers.
    As also noted previously, the F Lounge found in Concourse B is cosier whilst offering the same amenity; and the Lounge in Concourse C is better than sitting at the gate if there is a delay.
    Maybe I have spent way too much time in this Lounge, but I find it understated, calming and comforting without being over the top. Opulent it is not but excellent service, food and convenience have their own elegance.

  11. Brodie Member

    Working out in a lounge would be a great option, though I have yet to see a gym in a lounge. Where can one find this awesomeness?

    1. Willmo Guest

      There is a gym opposite the Emirates first lounge in DXB concourse B. Sure, it’s not in the lounge and you have to pay for it, but it’s the closest gym to a lounge that I’m aware of.

  12. Blaz Guest

    I loved the restaurant when we were there, but of course you know that there is another meal waiting for you on the plane, so it is all too much in too short a period of time. Decor is generic and uninspired. Otherwise, you just sit back and play Wordle for five hours or so. I hated that you can smell people smoking. Qatar flagship lounge is much better I think.

  13. Sherm Guest

    gym is such an important (and nice branding) amenity that's often neglected in lounges or hotels, etc...

  14. JOHN Guest

    I love the Costa coffee bar in the business class lounge and always go there no matter which terminal I am leaving from.

  15. tryon Guest

    Had a very impersonal service at the sit-down restaurant in the lounge last time. It felt too big.

    I much preferred the F lounge in concourse B (dxb>bru departure) as it felt a lot more intimate and high end with view of the runway.

  16. Justin Guest

    Decor looking dated and other than the a la carte dining and lack of crowding, it seems like a good business class lounge as opposed to a good first class one. That said, I wouldn't underestimate the value of having the benefit of the exclusivity. More and more business class lounges have turned into zoos at peak times with difficulties finding seats.

  17. D3kingg Guest

    I disagree with Ford about the decor. Some of those wooden finishes on the walls , tables, floors , etc are interesting. The prices of cherry wood , cedar , oaks have skyrocketed and that place is huge.

    Well there’s a cigar bar in the lounge as well as at the Waldorf Astoria DIFC. Getting excited.

  18. Euro Member

    I guess the mantra was "it will get better if we keep adding things onto it?"

    IMO if there is one lounge where the beige and brown furniture/fixtures look outdated even before the lounge was open (at least based on pictures, I haven't been in the lounge myself) it is the main China Eastern lounge at PVG. Yes, the chairs here look generic and not that modern, but the MU chairs look straight out of the mid-1980s if not before.

  19. Crosscourt Guest

    It's the most sterile and clinically lounge with no personality. Yes the food and staff are good but the shower rooms are the worst. No air, can't get the place cool, they're like saunas. Sweat profusely after the shower. Awful and emirates has done nothing to fix things.

    1. Crosscourt Guest

      Ps... to the person flying emirates first, if you want to shower, my advice is shower on the plane if it's an A380, don't bother with the lounge ones.

    2. RetiredATLATC Gold

      I've found the same issue in IST, DOH and the QR Lounge in LHR.

      I always look like I showered in my clothes when I leave the room.

    3. John Guest

      If you think Dubai is bad, go to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport. It is by far the worst airport for lack of proper cooling and ventilation. Dubai airport is like Antarctica by comparison.

  20. Thomas Guest

    Interesting to see how tastes are different: Chateau Beychevelle is one of the very best wines and I have difficulty to understand someone does not like this fabulous wine… again to each his own.
    But am thankful for this extensive review, thank you.

  21. Jerry Diamond

    Honestly it looks like a lot of fun to me. A good meal and a wine scavenger hunt seem like a great way to pass a few hours. The Champagne though... Is it just normal Moet that retails for like $35 they're serving? That doesn't seem very First Class.

  22. CMM Guest

    I agree with you… I did find it very sterile and cold. Soave not used well at all…A gym wouid have been great. To me it’s got no personality. I prefer the business class Emirates Lounge directly opposite.

  23. TravelinWilly Diamond

    Love this lounge, especially boarding from it.

    Huge, yes, but the people working the lounge more than make up for it.

  24. Icarus Guest

    First class should be more intimate, like the Air France experience. I’m sure the catering and facilities in Dubai are great, however it’s simply too big. In parts it also looks extremely tacky, which is also what people I know who’ve used it have said. Then again, Dubai is about bling and tacky like Las Vegas, which also has great restaurants and shops, however I would never go there again.

  25. EthaninSF Member

    It's always a good experience in this lounge. Food and service are always top notch (much better than either Etihad or Qatar lounges). I have always enjoyed my experiences in the Timeless Spa - in fact have typically requested a paid hour long massage - and they will tack the complimentary 15 minutes onto that. In fact, I would rate the EK F lounge higher than most lounges due to consistency (in comparison to AF...

    It's always a good experience in this lounge. Food and service are always top notch (much better than either Etihad or Qatar lounges). I have always enjoyed my experiences in the Timeless Spa - in fact have typically requested a paid hour long massage - and they will tack the complimentary 15 minutes onto that. In fact, I would rate the EK F lounge higher than most lounges due to consistency (in comparison to AF La Premiere lounge or the drastically reduced service in the LH FCT). I do understand we are splitting hairs when comparing the world's top lounges, but the EK lounge in Terminal A never fails to impress. If you want small, tired and uninspired, just visit the lounge in the C terminal.

  26. Steve Diamond

    Rather a lounge have too many seats than being overcrowded.

  27. DrewT Member

    I was there earlier on April, and agree with this sentiment. The food was excellent, some of the best I had on my trip really, but aside from that, the size, and the boarding gates, was unremarkable.

    I suppose the sheer size is one way to handle the lounge overcrowding issues (like those plaguing US lounges)?

    Visiting made me really miss The Pier First in HKG. Such a lovely lounge, and I'm afraid it may...

    I was there earlier on April, and agree with this sentiment. The food was excellent, some of the best I had on my trip really, but aside from that, the size, and the boarding gates, was unremarkable.

    I suppose the sheer size is one way to handle the lounge overcrowding issues (like those plaguing US lounges)?

    Visiting made me really miss The Pier First in HKG. Such a lovely lounge, and I'm afraid it may never be the same now that Beijing has their hooks in Hong Kong, and the impact of the pandemic.

  28. Levi Member

    "Impressive only for how big it is" is rather on brand for Dubai, though.

  29. Super Member

    I thought the whole point of a lounge is to... well you know: lounge. Seems like everyone at Emirates forgot that in favor of BIGGEST LOUNGE IN DA WOHLD!!! Maybe cut the size by 2/3 and reinvest the savings in making an actually good place you want to lounge in before a flight?

  30. Robert Guest

    I was underwhelmed in February during my first visit. Ford is right, it was quiet to the point that it felt like a funeral home.

  31. Sir Digby Chicken Caesar Guest

    Surprised you didn’t like the 2009 Chateau Beychevelle - was it oxidized or corked? I’d say it’s the best Beychevelle since the 2003, and possibly even the 1982

    1. Dan Guest

      Either it had been open too long, or Ben's taste in wine is not to be trusted. The Oreno is a nice super Tuscan as well.

    2. DLPTATL Guest

      Ben's said before he doesn't like red wine. I think he's even swapped welcome bottles in his room from red to white.

    3. Lord Percival Jones Guest

      Sir Digby - Nothing can beat the ‘82.

  32. Davis Guest

    It looks like a Cheesecake Factory with more lights on.

  33. Michael Guest

    If I have a business class award ticket and do a day-of points upgrade to F (as you explained in another post) will I be admissible to the F lounge or just J? The J lounge looks ... mostly as good so I'm not overly concerned but would like to go in with proper expectations. Thanks!

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Davis Guest

It looks like a Cheesecake Factory with more lights on.

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Jerry Diamond

Honestly it looks like a lot of fun to me. A good meal and a wine scavenger hunt seem like a great way to pass a few hours. The Champagne though... Is it just normal Moet that retails for like $35 they're serving? That doesn't seem very First Class.

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TravelinWilly Diamond

Love this lounge, especially boarding from it. Huge, yes, but the people working the lounge more than make up for it.

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