I checked out the Emirates' business class lounge in Dubai where the wealthy spend their layovers — here's what it is like
- Emirates operates three business class lounges in Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3.
- The three lounges can accommodate more than 4,600 passengers at one time.
- The lounges are all equipped with marble floors, bars, dining rooms, gold-plated Rolex clocks, as well as places to rest and work.
There are varying schools of thought when it comes to spending time at the airport. Some prefer to get in and out of the airport as quickly as possible. Others prefer to take their time, enjoy the terminal's many facilities, and make a day of it.
Personally, I tend to show up at the airport several hours before my flight. Mostly because I'm pathological when it comes to the fear of missing my flight.
But before a recent flight from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to New York, I decided to change things up and arrive a few hours early to simply enjoy the comforts of Emirates Airline's business class lounge.
My flight was scheduled to depart from Emirates' palatial home base in Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3. The terminal features three business class lounges capable of handling more than 4,600 people at a time.
Here's a closer look at my morning at the Emirates Business Class Lounge in Dubai.
After checking into my flight and going through security, I head towards Terminal 3's Concourse A. This also required a short ride on a people mover and an elevator ride to the main departure level of the concourse.
After another elevator ride, I reached Emirates' business class lounge. It's one of three business class lounges in the terminal. The business class lounge is normally available to business class passengers as well as frequent flyers. But travellers can also pay a fee of $100 to get access.
While most airport lounges are made up of a few rooms in the terminal, the Emirates lounges take an entire level in Concourse A. And it's also absolutely massive. It can accommodate more than 2,500 passengers.
One level below the business class lounge is the first class lounge.
And below that is the main departures level where you'll find a bountiful selection of duty-free shops.
The lounge is made up of two identical wings connected in the middle by a central check-in area. Incredibly, it takes 12 minutes to walk from one end of the lounge to the other.
The amenities are plenty. Here is a selection of the latest newspapers from around the world. However, those who prefer online publications like Business Insider can use the free high-speed WiFi. There are also conference rooms and a full business centre.
If you want to relax, the lounge in Concourse A is equipped with a stylish cigar bar.
The lounge also has quiet areas with...
...Rest cubicles where passengers can take a nap.
Attached to this Italian marble hallway are...
... Showers for guests to enjoy before or after a long flight.
To help create a tranquil ambiance, Emirates makes it a point to install water features in all of its lounges.
Hidden behind this waterfall is one of the lounge's many bars.
All of the clocks in the lounge are gold-plated and made by Rolex.
In terms of food and drinks, the lounge is equipped with two buffet-style dining areas.
For breakfast, the lounge served a selection of western and regional dishes as well as an assortment of freshly baked pastries and...
... Fresh fruit.
If you're on a liquid diet, cocktails and...
...Beers are also on offer.
Those with a sweet tooth can explore the contents of the ice cream cart.
I went for a traditional breakfast of eggs, potatoes, beans, mushrooms, and beef sausages. Even though the beef breakfast sausages weren't quite to my liking, everything else was delicious.
But the best part of the experience was dining with a view of the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
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