Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Terminal 3 (DXB)

Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Terminal 3 (DXB)

NAME: Marhaba Lounge
Airport: DXB
DATE: July 2022
REVIEW RATING:
BEN SAYS: The Marhaba Lounge is a good Priority Pass lounge, with modern seating and a solid selection of food & drinks.
7

Prior to my FlyDubai Boeing 737 MAX business class flight to Belgrade, I had the chance to check out the Marhaba Lounge (marhaba means “hello” in Arabic). While I spent most of my time in the Emirates Business Class Lounge, I was curious to see what the Priority Pass option was like as well.

Note that there are five Marhaba Lounges at Dubai Airport (DXB) — my review is of the one in Terminal 3 Concourse B (in the past I’ve reviewed the one in Terminal 1 Concourse D).

Marhaba Lounge Dubai location & hours

The Marhaba Lounge that I visited is located in Terminal 3 Concourse B. While there’s great signage throughout the terminal for the Emirates Lounge, signage is lacking for the Marhaba Lounge. Fortunately the lounge is pretty easy to find. It’s located on the north side of the terminal, near gate B21.

Dubai Airport Terminal 3
Dubai Airport Terminal 3

So just walk along the central terminal area in the direction of gate B21, and then you’ll see the entrance to the lounge on the side. The lounge is located one level up from the main concourse, so you’ll need to take the elevator.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport entrance

The Marhaba Lounge is open 24/7, as is pretty standard in Dubai, given flight schedules.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai entry requirements

The Marhaba Lounge isn’t used as a contract lounge for any first & business class passengers, given that Emirates and FlyDubai exclusively fly from the terminal, and all those premium passengers use the Emirates Lounge.

The primary way to access the Marhaba Lounge is using a lounge membership program, like Priority Pass (there are many premium credit cards that offer complimentary Priority Pass memberships).

Alternatively, access to the Marhaba Lounge can be purchased for 235 AED (~64 USD).

Guests are permitted to stay in the lounge for up to three hours, so this won’t be a good option if you have a very long layover (though I’m not sure to what extent that stay limit is enforced).

Marhaba Lounge Dubai seating & layout

The Marhaba Lounge has the capacity for 300 guests. So the lounge is objectively a good size, but pales in comparison to the Emirates Business Lounge, which can hold five times as many passengers. The Marhaba Lounge has several seating zones.

Near the entrance are seats arranged in rows.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating

Further into the lounge are various types of communal tables, seating anywhere from four to 12 people each. Some are standard height, while others are high-tops.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating

Then there’s the bar and dining area, which has more communal tables, as well as some individual dining tables and booths. I kind of dig the restaurant-style booths, since it’s not often you see that in an airport lounge.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating

Then there’s a long, narrow hall along the back of the lounge, which has some more communal seating, some semi-private nooks, and even some individual rest areas, each of which had a daybed and a chair.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport seating

There was also a rather cramped “smoking cabin” in the back of the lounge — certainly not as pleasant for smokers as what you’ll find in the Emirates Lounge, where a large part of the lounge allows smoking.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport smoking area

The Marhaba Lounge also has a massage chair, which you need to contact reception to use.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport massage chair

All-in-all I thought the lounge design was modern and felt pretty high-end. I also appreciated how bright and airy the lounge was. I was there during off-peak times, so the lounge wasn’t crowded at all, though I imagine it’s a different story at 1AM.

I do find the design choice to have so many communal tables to be quite strange, though. I wouldn’t be very happy if I were sitting at a communal table with six seats, and the five other seats were occupied by strangers.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai food & drinks

The Marhaba Lounge has a pretty elegant bar area, where a bartender serves alcoholic drinks (which are free of charge).

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport bar

Water, soft drinks, and juice, are self-serve, and are available at the buffet.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport drinks

There’s also a coffee machine, tea selection, Arabic coffee, and dates.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport coffee machine
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport Arabic coffee & dates

As far as food goes, there was a selection of both cold and hot options. Cold options included fruit, a salad bar, finger sandwiches, wraps, and cakes.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet

There were also several hot options, including rice, pasta, curry, samosas, and veggies.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport buffet

Marhaba Lounge Dubai bathrooms

The Marhaba Lounge’s bathrooms are located near the entrance, and were well maintained.

Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport bathrooms
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport bathrooms
Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport bathrooms

The lounge also allegedly has showers, though you have to pay an extra fee to use them. They weren’t available when I was visiting the lounge.

Bottom line

The Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport Terminal 3 Concourse B is a great option for Priority Pass members. The lounge has a variety of seating arrangements, the food & drink selection is pretty good, and the lounge just generally feels fresh. While not as good as the Emirates Lounges, this is a great option if you’re traveling in economy and have a lounge membership that would get you access.

If you’ve visited the Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport, what was your experience like?

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  1. TBH Guest

    Ben - Didn't go for the Ahlan Cadiz lounge instead on T3-B or have you reviewed that before? Curious if you've experienced both and have a recommendation. Was in DXB in March and did the Biz lounge on the way back, but had a split ticket connecting on economy on the way out so had to make use of my PP lounge access and chose Ahlan over Marhaba. It was a cool setup as it's...

    Ben - Didn't go for the Ahlan Cadiz lounge instead on T3-B or have you reviewed that before? Curious if you've experienced both and have a recommendation. Was in DXB in March and did the Biz lounge on the way back, but had a split ticket connecting on economy on the way out so had to make use of my PP lounge access and chose Ahlan over Marhaba. It was a cool setup as it's inside a tapas wine bar, but can be a bit tight when busy. Nonetheless, good food at the buffet, nice service at the bar, massage chairs and free access to the showers at the airport hotel. Didn't hurt that I could watch my departing gate from the lounge so I knew when to head downstairs into the crowded gate area. Marhaba seems nice but maybe nothing overly special/memorable about it based on your review?

  2. TravelinWilly Diamond

    So the first grouping of grey seats has a view of…a settee overlooking…a slatted wooden wall? How pretty and how inspired!

  3. RetiredATLATC Diamond

    Extra lucky you didn't have to fly FlyDubai out of terminal 2. That place in an absolute s**hole and the lounge is a pit.

    1. JJ Guest

      Agreed... the T2 lounge was quite possibly the worst lounge I have ever been to. Packed, loud, hot, and dirty.

    2. Mick Guest

      We need a list of the top ten worst lounges Ben has visited.

      My vote is China eastern in Shanghai

  4. Sean M. Diamond

    You are lucky you visited here off-peak. It is an absolute zoo during the midnight and morning banks. Every second credit card in the UAE offers Marhaba Lounge access so it gets very crowded very quickly.

    1. TheAirlineKid Guest

      Absolutely agree.
      It is impossibly crowded between 9pm-8am, so much so that it is almost a meme amongst UAE residents.
      You are bound to bump into someone you know!

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Sean M. Diamond

You are lucky you visited here off-peak. It is an absolute zoo during the midnight and morning banks. Every second credit card in the UAE offers Marhaba Lounge access so it gets very crowded very quickly.

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TheAirlineKid Guest

Absolutely agree. It is impossibly crowded between 9pm-8am, so much so that it is almost a meme amongst UAE residents. You are bound to bump into someone you know!

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TBH Guest

Ben - Didn't go for the Ahlan Cadiz lounge instead on T3-B or have you reviewed that before? Curious if you've experienced both and have a recommendation. Was in DXB in March and did the Biz lounge on the way back, but had a split ticket connecting on economy on the way out so had to make use of my PP lounge access and chose Ahlan over Marhaba. It was a cool setup as it's inside a tapas wine bar, but can be a bit tight when busy. Nonetheless, good food at the buffet, nice service at the bar, massage chairs and free access to the showers at the airport hotel. Didn't hurt that I could watch my departing gate from the lounge so I knew when to head downstairs into the crowded gate area. Marhaba seems nice but maybe nothing overly special/memorable about it based on your review?

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